by Helen Todner
The new single ‘Dance With Me’ by Ra Ra Riot is taken from their new album ‘Beta Love’ due for release in the UK on 18th March. The band are back with a new line up consisting of members Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass and Rebecca Zeller on violin. Beta Love’s songs are inspired by the works of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism. The album was recorded in Oxford (the one in America not the UK that is) with a little help on the production side by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves) and Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) came along as a session drummer.
At first this comes across as a little bit of a boy band pop ditty with all the vacuous insincerity that you would expect from something from that genre but actually it’s quite a good song. There is an infectious cheerfulness to it once the beat kicks in. The chorus is ridiculously good fun to sing along to and even sitting here writing this as I listen to the track for the umpteenth time I know that I am having a little bop along in my chair. This really is the perfect song to chase away the post festive winter blues and makes you think of summer parties and holidays.