More love for one of my favorite labels, Hidden Pony. Last week I showed you The Danks. This week I bring you one of my personal favorites from the label, the 7-piece indie pop band from Regina, Rah Rah. Their sophomore album Breaking Hearts, which had its U.S. debut last November, is sensational and does everything from tug on the heartstrings to propel feet and fling arms for joy.
This 7″ single Little Poems is out on June 7th as a taste of their third full-length Poet’s Dead coming later this fall (although neither of the tracks on this 7″ will be available on the later release). The notes of Neil Young on the title track are strong with twang-tinged molasses rock n’ roll and the sleepy male vocals of Marshall Burns, complimented preciously by the sweet and honest alto of Erin Passmore. If you haven’t heard her solo music on the Downtown EP, I highly recommend it.
And guys, just to let you in on the fun, I’ve heard demos of the upcoming LP and promise that you’re in for a treat.
I’ll be featuring several bands that stood out from SXSW this past week. First up is an amazing seven-piece band called Rah Rah. I caught them at the Canada House as these kids are from Regina, Saskatchewan. One of my favorite tracks from them is about their hometown, which must be a new one because I can’t seem to find it online, but the lyrics rang something to the effect of “it’s okay to be single in a city, but not in a small town.” Their line-up was revolving, starting with a kick-ass girl drummer, who later moved to keys and vocals (whose vocals were mature and strong). Their sound is an orchestral indie rock, with the basics adding in violin, keys, and accordion on occasion. They ended their set with a blast of confetti, as if their set wasn’t fun enough already.
Basically, Rah Rah rocked live, kept it interesting and fun, and made me want more. This indie pop band will surely be gracing The States with more of their presence soon.