The Islington


1 Tolpuddle St, London N1 0XT

£8.00 adv. (STBF)


Tues 08 Dec 2015

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RAH RAH – The Poet’s Dead

Rah Rah formed as a trio in 2007, originally featuring Marshall Burns (vocals, guitar) and Erin Passmore (vocals, drums, keys, guitar). By 2008, they had been joined by Kristina Hedlund (vocals, violin, keys) and Erinʼs brother Joel Passmore (formerly of Despistado and Sylvie) on bass. The band is rounded out by its newest member, Jeffrey Romanyk (drums, guitar, keys).

Rah Rah was crowned “Best New Canadian Band” and “Best New Alternative Band” by iTunes Canada in 2009. The band has toured incessantly behind their previous two albums, sharing tours with the likes of Minus The Bear in Canada and USA, Wintersleep in Europe and Canada, and label-mates Said The Whale.

Autumn 2012 saw the North American release of The Poetʼs Dead, the third and most accomplished album to date by the Regina, SK rockers. Building on the strong foundation of their last release, the critically acclaimed and iTunes Canada championed Breaking Hearts, this new ten song effort effectively captures a band at the peak of their abilities doing what they do best.

The Poetʼs Dead, recorded under the production guidance of indie-rock recording geniuses Gus Van Go and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado, Priestess), clearly displays that Rah Rah has truly fine-tuned the essence of the band and refined the maturity of their sound. Lyrically, The Poetʼs Dead showcases some of their finest, most direct songwriting yet and is their strongest collective step forward. From the self-reflections of “20s”, “Prairie Girl” and the albumʼs title track to the wistful hope of “First Kiss” and the twisted anything-for-love paean “Iʼm A Killer”, the songs discuss maturity, growing up and life in a rock and roll band from a group that have spent much of the past few years doing exactly that. These are songs handcrafted to make you think, to create dreams and to break your heart.

The members of Rah Rah share a collective mentality, taking turns taking the lead, both in songwriting and while on stage. The melodic male/female vocals and shared instrumentation traded off seamlessly, plus a true level of fun throughout ensures that a Rah Rah show will not disappoint. “The members did a lot of instrument switching and almost everyone in the band sang lead on at least one song,” writes Andrew Sacher of Brooklyn Vegan in a recent live review. “And just in case their catchy songs weren’t enough, their stage antics are sure to be remembered, which included throwing “R” “A” & “H” balloon letters into the audience, shooting out confetti, and breaking open a piñata at the end of their last song.”

The Poetʼs Dead made the long-list for the 2013 Polaris Prize, and took home Independent Album of the Year honours at the 2013 WCMAs. Most recently, the album was nominated for the 2014 JUNO award for Alternative Album of the Year. The album will see an official release in the UK on June 9th.


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