Ra Ra Riot has released “War & Famine” today, another new cut from their forthcoming studio LP Superbloom – due out August 9th on Rob the Rich Recordings/Caroline. The song comes as the band is in the midst of the Summer Gods Tour, supporting Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World across the US, and follows the recent announcement of Ra Ra Riot’s UK/EU headline tour this winter. “War & Famine” joins previously released album tracks “Bad to Worse” – a Rostom Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, HAIM) collaboration that is currently making waves at Alternative Radio – “This Time of Year,” and “Flowers.”
When discussing the new song, singer/songwriter Wes Miles had the following to say:
This is probably the most personal track on the record for me. One of the only times I’ve ever tracked and comped vocals totally alone in my apartment without anyone else to filter through. That allowed me to be really free and let things go that I may have felt too vulnerable about otherwise. I’ve usually steered clear of “political” lyrics because it’s just not the music that I thought I was best at making, but this idea of generational entitlement was something I kept hearing about at the time but sounded completely ridiculous to me (cue Principal Skinner, “No, it’s the children who are wrong!”) and just came up naturally.
The other really cool thing about this song is that it came from listening to a demo of another track on the record backwards just for fun. I won’t say which one because it’s not out yet but it’ll probably be pretty easy to tell once you do hear the record.