Regina’s indie darlings Rah Rah perform shows with as much crackle as a mouthful of pop rocks and write songs that sparkle with the wisdom gleaned from the growing pains of an old soul.
The band began in a Regina basement, when the then-trio was still in high school. They received the oh-so-important critical buzz from the very beginning, which has enshrined the group as a Regina“it” band for years. In the six years since they began writing their catchy, heartfelt songs with lyrics about trolls, politicians and Dadaists, the band has made numerous lineup changes, crossed Canada in a van numerous times, toured Europe with Winter Sleep, were named iTunes’ Best Alternative New Artist, played the Olympics, played festivals, released two full-length records and two EPs and have just put out a brand-new remix record on the Hidden Pony label, which turns the indie rock of last year’s Breaking Hearts into upbeat dance jams.
Drummer and vocal siren Erin Passmore met frontman Marshall Burns when both musicians were in high school. They admired the same local bands and wanted to try it out themselves. At first they were a trio, with trumpets, guitar and drums.
“Some people were pretty impressed with us at a young age, just because we were coming up with maybe different sounds that people hadn’t thought of,” said Passmore. “All the sound guys hated us.”
When Passmore’s older brother joined the band, he brought his years of musical experience playing in Regina bands Despitado and Sylvie. They rounded out the lineup with more guitar and keyboards, and Kristina Hedlund’s violin and accordion playing. All six band members now swap instruments and take turns at the mike. The band also added confetti cannons and pinatas to the stage, trademarking the birthday party atmosphere of their live shows.
Rah Rah has just wrapped a cross-Canada tour with Juno winners Said the Whale and are about to begin recording a new album in Brooklyn with producer Gus Van Go (The Stills). For Passmore, the work is fuelled by the need to play more shows and see the world while they’re at it.
“There’s so many places to explore,” she says
Rah Rah has been busy recently touring Europe and Canada, releasing two records and being named iTunes Best Alternative New Artist