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Ra Ra Riot celebrate the release of The Orchard with a free show at The Mod Club

Posted by Alex Kamino / September 1, 2010

Ra Ra Riot at The Mod ClubIf you purchased The Orchard last week, you were most likely at the Mod Club on Monday night to catch Ra Ra Riot, seeing as the band gave away tickets to their Canadian release show with the purchase of their sophomore album from GalleryAC or select independent record stores in Toronto.

The Syracuse natives performed at the College street venue to an eager and fresh-faced crowd. Armed with an array of lenses, a sea of photographers lined the front of the stage to capture the indie baroque pop sextet.

 Ra Ra Riot at The Mod Club Ra Ra Riot at The Mod ClubRunning bass lines and sweeping string melodies set the foundation for Wesley Miles' casual but unique lyrics. Clutching her hollow body cello, Alexandra Lawn beautifully harmonized with Miles and stunningly swayed to the up-beat rhythms.

 Ra Ra Riot at The Mod Club Ra Ra Riot at The Mod ClubWhile they swirled under colourful lights, Milo Bonacci and Rebecca Zeller joyfully tugged at their strings and Cameron Wisch hammered at cymbals and toms.

 Ra Ra Riot at The Mod Club Ra Ra Riot at The Mod ClubFingers sprinting on steel, Mathieu Santos stoically churned out notes to the young crowd. In between songs, the audience stood silently and attentively so as not to miss a single moment of musical happiness.

Basking in the comfort of the air conditioned venue, the band played songs such as "Can You Tell" and "Dying Is Fine," as well as their new single "Boy."

 Ra Ra Riot at The Mod Club Ra Ra Riot at The Mod Club Ra Ra Riot at The Mod ClubAfter a well-deserved encore, Ra Ra Riot sincerely thanked the audience and gracefully whisked themselves off-stage. The crowd left the Mod Club satisfied and retreated to the blistering summer night.

Photos and video by Matthew McAndrew.



je je je / September 1, 2010 at 01:31 pm
" Milo Bonacci and Rebecca Zeller joyfully tugged at their strings"

sam / September 1, 2010 at 01:52 pm
Super poetic/sensantinalized writing. Jeez, just tell about the concert and stop writing a haiku.
yee lo / September 1, 2010 at 02:46 pm
A friend just forwarded this to me and I just about threw up in my mouth. The only thing less rock n' roll than Ra Ra Riot is this review of them. When did music get so vanilla?
Anton replying to a comment from yee lo / September 1, 2010 at 02:56 pm
When did commenters get so racist? And, in case you didn't know the etymology of "vanilla," ignorance isn't an excuse. And, if that wasn't bad enough, the conflation of the mind bogglingly huge term "music" with one band is the most idiotic thing I've seen/read all day.
scott / September 1, 2010 at 05:08 pm
i've never been more bored at a show in my life. i'm sure this band formed themselves, but dammit they felt so insanely constructed: bunch of pretty white dudes flanked by even prettier girls making "pretty" bland music.
yee lo replying to a comment from Anton / September 3, 2010 at 11:32 am
Don't be so sensitive, Anton..."Vanilla" is in reference to a flavour not a race...meaning, bland or ordinary...but judging by the band you're defending you are obviously the sensitive type (sorry for using "sensitive" twice...don't have time to consult a thesaurus) go draw a bath, light some candles and let all this tension melt away...
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