When Ra Ra Riot played a session for opbmusic in early 2009, they were touring with their first record, The Rhumb Line, much of which was written by their late drummer, John Pike. While they had decided to stay together as a band, release that record and tour with it, they were already writing the new songs that would become their second release, The Orchard, which came out this summer. The new record leans toward a subdued and chamber music style at times, but has plenty of the hooks that we loved them for in the first place, especially on exuberant songs like "Boy." There are also first vocal offerings from cellist Ali Lawn, and a song co-written by Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij ("Do You Remember").
We recorded this session the first day of Music Fest, with a studio audience at OPB.
Ra Ra Riot, in-studio 9-8-10
Recording by Steven Kray, with assistance from Bill Ward.
Video: Jarratt Taylor / Wolfgang Niederhoffer.