Ra Ra Riot's BETA LOVE Out Now on Barsuk; Tour Starts Today, Streamed Live from The Bowery
Ra Ra Riot's Beta Love is out now on Barsuk and today the band will be posting the Beta Love Visualizer on their site. This interactive piece merges the music of Beta Love together with real time audio visualization all inside an HTML5 based application. The band will kick off their U.S. tour with a sold out hometown show tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg which will be live-streamed in full HD via The Bowery Presents Live channel on YouTube at 10pm. This date is prior to their sold out date at Webster Hall. Please see full tour dates below.
Beta Love marks the band's first outing as a four piece with members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin forming the core of the group. Beta Love's songs are informed by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil's musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.
Inspired by their lean new lineup, the recording process found Ra Ra Riot's members exploring and re-defining their roles within the new makeup of the group. They built upon demos created mostly by Miles and producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, MS. For the first time in their history the band recorded in a warmer climate and found themselves stimulated by the balmy Southern air and the physical setting of Oxford. Joined by session drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) the band enjoyed exploring its potential, experimenting with new influences and exciting sounds.
Santos said of the sessions, "Making the record was a lot of fun for us, because we were in a completely different environment, trying a completely new approach. We'd been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out, but in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly. We wanted to be outside of our collective comfort zone for this record. We wanted to be open to new things happening. There was a lot of building up and tearing down with Dennis-a lot of problem solving, a lot of trial and error, and that was really exciting for us."