MU­SIC

Regina Leader-Post - - QC - By Jeanette Ste­wart

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

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