According to founding Beach Boy Mike Love, there has never been a post-1990s Axl Rose vibe going on with his band. Sure, the singer/songwriter admits he and the iconic band have had a bunch of bumps along the way, but it never got to a point where they truly lost that loving feeling. “When you mix business with ego there can be tense situations, but when you let that go, you realize that a lot of the stuff that got in the way is in the past,” he explained in an interview earlier this month. “We can let the past screw the present by holding onto old disagreements or you can move past it and do something great.” Continue reading
If you like Vampire Weekend, you’ll love Ra Ra Riot. That’s a tag line that’s probably followed the latter indie rock band wherever they go, unrightfully so. The two bands, who both broke through the indie rock scene two years ago or so, have some songs that sound similar but other than being young and indie, that’s where the comparison dies. New York Magazine got that, calling their sophomore effort, the August-released The Orchard, “poised to become the soundtrack of your life.” True that, but my job isn’t to plug the band. It’s to chat with them.
Last week I spoke with the band’s lead singer Wes Miles and bassist Mathieu Santos (the rest of the mostly Syracuse, NY natives include guitarist Milo Bonacci, drummer Gabriel Duquette, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and cellist Alexandra Lawn) and asked them about touring (their extensive tour of duty has already included Japan, California, and New York City), what the new sounding record represents to them, and the songwriting process.