Hidden Pony Records
Anyone who's seen their grin-inducing live show can attest to the band's fondness for creating a joyous racket (often aided by a well-placed piñata, some candy, and a whole lotta confetti), something they've shared with audiences right around the globe over the past year, thanks to tours with Wintersleep and the Besnard Lakes. Their relentless touring schedule has found the band at major festivals across North America, including well-received showcases at SXSW and Canadian Music Week.
Despite being consistently on the road, Rah Rah managed to put out a few new tracks earlier this spring on 'The Sailors' EP, released on rapidly rising Hamilton label Hidden Pony Records (also home to Imaginary Cities and Said the Whale), which signed the band based on the strong word of mouth surrounding the group.
While the band waits for a break from touring to record the follow-up to 'Breaking Hearts,' listeners wanting to hear more from Rah Rah are in luck: a remix EP of reworked versions of tunes from that album is due this fall. The band's close pal Chris Graham, who goes under the handle 'Kitchen Party Music' for his remix projects, took several tracks from 'Breaking Hearts' and gave them a dance-y, electro spin that draws out the neon-bright quality of Rah Rah's cheerful melodies.
Spinner has the exclusive first listen to one of the forthcoming remixes: the Kitchen Party mix of 'Arrows' gives the track a retro '80s edge with buzzy synths replacing the original's plucked violin and driving percussion.
Where the original song offered a hint of Rah Rah's punkier tendencies (think Los Campesinos at their most bouncy), the remix draws out their poppier side, making good use of the shouty gang vocals and throwing the spotlight squarely on frontman Marshall Burns' declarations of infatuation: "Feels just like an arrow/Shooting high/Shooting high away." And just try to suppress the involuntary grin brought on by the fun little blips-and-bleeps breakdown towards the end of the all-too-brief tune.
During their shows, Rah Rah have been known to shoot confetti out of a cannon as they play 'Arrows' -- should they ever decide to attempt the remix version live (perhaps when they embark on yet another cross-Canada tour next month?), they might just want to switch to rainbow glitter.