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Ra Ra Riot's new album was a "peachy" experience

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011

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It’s fair to say that sessions for Ra Ra Riot’s new album, “The Orchard,” were just ... peachy.

The Syracuse University-formed pop group’s second album, which came out in August, was recorded in the house of a peach orchard in New York state’s Finger Lakes region. “It was beautiful there,” notes cellist Alexandra Lawn, “so the vibe was really mellow and pleasant and beautiful, really nice. That helped shape the vibe of the album as well.”

It also meant the sextet never went hungry.

“We made a lot of peach things in the kitchen,” Lawn, 24, recalls. “We didn’t really go super-original. There was peach frozen yogurt, peach cobbler. We did a chutney. It was a very big, spacious farmhouse and we all cooked in the kitchen and came up with stuff.”

The setting was apparently conducive to creativity, too. Lawn rattles off a number of tracks from the album — which debuted at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 chart, 73 places higher than its predecessor — that came quickly, including “Too Dramatic,” “Foolish,” “Do You Remember,” “You and I Know” and the title track, while the first single, “Boy,” was something of a rediscovery on guitarist Milo Bonacci’s computer.

“We had recorded a demo of it,” Lawn recalls, “and labeled it ‘Top Secret Jam.’ That was a few years ago, and when Milo was going through his computer and cleaning it out, he found it. And that came together really quickly, too, which is funny because it had been totally forgotten about and it could have easily been thrown away. Instead it was our first single.”

Ra Ra Riot, the Generationals and Scars on 45 perform Sunday, April 10, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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