Saskatchewan is home to indie-rock group Rah Rah. This prairie band have released three full-length records and will soon finish their tour dates in Germany. Once back in Canada, the sextet return to play the Hidden Pony Records birthday bash on June 20th. Ahead of the party, we caught up with Rah Rah to discuss all of their influences, touring Germany, ultimate festivals, and an upcoming release — enjoy!
AMBY: Hey Rah Rah, welcome to our site! Please introduce yourselves to our readers.
Rah Rah: Hi, we’re Rah Rah, a prairie band from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
AMBY: You released your third album The Poet’s Dead in late 2012. What are your thoughts on the album now that there’s been some time to reflect?
Rah Rah: I think we are still very proud of this album. We put a lot of work into it and with the help of our producers we really grew as a band and made an album we were really happy with. It’s cool that people responded so well to it, and appreciated this album too.
AMBY: What influences can be found on the album that might not have been apparent to a listener?
Rah Rah: With 6 people and all of us writing songs there are a ton of influences. Everything from Bob Dylan to Robyn.
AMBY: What’s next as far as recordings or releases go?
Rah Rah: We plan to record our next album in August! Hopefully it will be out later this year.
AMBY: You soon finish your dates in Germany and will then play the Hidden Pony Records birthday bash. What have been the highlights of the tour?
Rah Rah: Germany has been amazing, they treat musicians so well here. We’ve been playing some really cool festivals and the audiences have been out of this world. I think the Immurgut festival and the mayfield derby are a couple festival shows I will never forget. The audiences were so excited, it felt amazing.
AMBY: What’s it like being on tour as a six piece — is there much conflict with so many opinions to be heard?
Rah Rah: It’s taken a lot of work, but we tour pretty well together now. You have to be pretty forgiving and laid back, but the key is to recognize when someone is just grumpy and needs space (including yourself), and not take things personally. We’re all pretty down to earth people so it’s not too hard to work together.
AMBY: If you could curate your own festival, who would be part of the line-up?
Rah Rah: Neil Young, War on drugs, Buffy st Marie, king crimson, Bob Dylan, Parlovr, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Despistado, the Florals, the extroverts, Kate bush, talking heads, jay z, royal canoe, ect.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?
Rah Rah: Well, probably recording our next album. We’ve got some new songs we’re pretty eager to play, and recording is always a really exciting time.
AMBY: Lastly, tell us something about Rah Rah that nobody knows yet.
Rah Rah: We wouldn’t have been able to tour how we have this last year without the amazing help we’ve received from our sound techs Jim Scarth and Barrett Ross as well as our European drivers Hagen and Ingo.
Thank you Rah Rah, for giving us your answers!
Interview by Alicia Atout |@AliciaAtout