Rah Rah (band)
Rah Rah performing in 2009
|Origin||Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Labels||Hidden Pony Records
Young Soul Records
The group formed as a three piece in 2005 made up of Erin Passmore (drums/vocals), Kyrie Kristmanson (trumpet/guitar/vocals) and Marshall Burns (guitar/vocals). In 2006 they released the Songs for Pasquala EP independently. The band performed at the Regina Folk Festival as well as Pop Montreal.
By 2007 Joel Passmore (formerly of Despistado and currently in Sylvie) had joined the band on bass along with Samra Sahlu on keyboards and Kristina Hedlund on violin. The five piece recorded their debut full length Going Steady which was released in November 2008 on Young Soul Records. Shortly thereafter Leif Thorseth, also formerly of Despistado, joined the band on guitar.
In late May 2009 Rah Rah's song "Duet for Emmylou and the Grievous Angel" was available for free download on iTunes for a week. Also, the song "Tentacles" was available in Starbucks stores as the free download card of the week.
The band underwent another line-up change in the fall of 2009 when Vanessa Benson (keyboards/vocals/bass) joined the group. Rah Rah was named "Best Alternative New Artist" and "Best New Canadiana Artist" in iTunes Best of 2009 list. Rah Rah headlined the Whistler Live! stage during the 2010 Paralympic Games and performed at the Saskatchewan Pavilion. The group has been noted for their energetic live shows which often feature Pop Rocks candy and confetti.
In 2012 the group signed with Montreal's Hidden Pony Records. The band released their third LP, The Poet's Dead, in 2012 on Hidden Pony. In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.
- Erin Passmore - Drums/Vocals/Keyboard/Bass
- Marshall Burns - Guitar/Vocals
- Joel Passmore - Bass/Vocals
- Kristina Hedlund - Violin/Accordion/Keyboard/Vocals
- Leif Thorseth - Guitar
- Jeffrey Romanyk - Drums/Keyboard/Guitar
- Going Steady (November 18, 2008)
- Breaking Hearts (June 1, 2010)
- The Poet's Dead (October 2, 2012)
- Songs for Pasquala (2006)
- The Sailors (March 22, 2011)
|2012||"Art and a Wife"||43||The Poet's Dead|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
- http://www.reginafolkfestival.com/performers/?a=va&c=50906102255 Regina Folk Festival
- "Rah Rah to stop by Montreal". The Monitor (Montréal: TC Transcontinental). themonitor.ca. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- ""Going Steady" (sound recording) / Rah Rah", collectionscanada.gc.ca (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), AMICUS No. 37816582, retrieved 24 January 2013
- http://www.thegatewayonline.ca/articles/arts-entertainment/2009/06/03/rah-rah-raises-a-glass-eastern-canada-makes-plans-new-album The Gateway
- Mithrush, Fawnda (17June 2009). "Rah Rah Pop Rock indie poppers: Regina group shows off its sweet and sugary side". Vue Weekly (713: Works It) (Edmonton: Postvue Publishing LP). vueweekly.com. OCLC 607410207. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- ""The poet's dead" (sound recording) / Rah Rah", collectionscanada.gc.ca (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), OCLC 810127502, AMICUS No. 41269727, retrieved 23 January 2013
- ""Breaking hearts" (sound recording) / Rah Rah", collectionscanada.gc.ca (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada), OCLC 732330635, AMICUS No. 37956973, retrieved 23 January 2013