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Hurray For The Riff Raff

Music / Folk / United States of America

Bronx born and raised, Alynda Segarra was socialised with doo wop, Motown soul and hardcore punk from an early age. By the time she turned seventeen, she had moved to New Orleans and experienced more than most people her age, endowing her with a distinct independence – personally, as well as artistically. Her band Hurray for the Riff Raff was consequently born out of the natural urge to create her unmistakable flavour of music which investigates traditional ideas like love and loneliness, exclusion and togetherness under a novel light. The lyrics on "Young Blood Blues" are a homage to Americana and Southern folk, while 2013's "My Dearest Darkest Neighbor" is an immensely intense collection of covers of songs that have been influential to the project. Each subsequent Hurray for the Riff Raff album has unveiled new facets of their creative process, which on this year's album "Life on Earth" has clearly shown: it doesn't need complex time signatures, fancy effects or other brouhaha to sound freaking breath-taking. Especially live, this band is an unforgettable experience.

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