Rah Rah (band)
Rah Rah performing in 2009
|Origin||Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Labels||Hidden Pony Records
Young Soul Records
|Past members||Leif Thorseth
- Erin Passmore - Vocals/Keyboard/Guitar/Drums
- Kristina Hedlund - Violin/Vocals/Keyboard
- Marshall Burns - Guitar/Vocals
- Joel Passmore - Bass/Vocals
- Jeffrey Romanyk - Drums/Guitar
The group formed as a three piece in 2006 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. That same year the band performed at the Regina Folk Festival as well as Pop Montreal.
By 2007 Joel Passmore (formerly of Despistado and 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 2009 the band toured Canada extensively in support of the album. The group also began work on their next record with producer Kees Dekker (Plants and Animals) in Montreal. This second full-length album Breaking Hearts was eventually nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award.
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" on ITunes Canada's Best of 2009 list. Rah Rah headlined the Whistler Live! stage during the 2010 Paralympic Games and also performed at the Saskatchewan Pavilion.
In 2012 the group signed with Montreal's Hidden Pony Records. That year the band released their third LP, The Poet's Dead, which marked the debut of Jeffrey Romanyk on drums. The album was produced by Gus Van Go and Werner F. at the Boiler Room Studio. In 2013 the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize as well as nominated for a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. It also won the WCMA for Independent Album of the Year.
Also in 2013, the band, now a five piece, signed with Devil Duck Records in Europe and has toured overseas extensively ever since.
In 2015 the band released their fourth LP, Vessels again produced by the production team of Gus Van Go and Werner F.
They have also performed at a number of festivals such as CMJ in New York City, NXNE and CMW in Toronto, SXSW in Austin, Texas, Reperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, Great Escape in Brighton, England, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, Supercrawl in Hamilton, Ontario, BreakoutWest, JunoFest and Sled Island in Calgary, Alberta.
- Going Steady (November 18, 2008)
- Breaking Hearts (June 1, 2010)
- The Poet's Dead (October 2, 2012)
- Vessels (September 11, 2015)
- Songs for Pasquala (2006)
- The Sailors (March 22, 2011)
- Rahmixes (2011)
|2012||"Art and a Wife"||43||The Poet's Dead|
|2013||"Prairie Girl"||27||The Poet's Dead|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart.|
- http://www.reginafolkfestival.com/performers/?a=va&c=50906102255 Regina Folk Festival
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