Hurray for the Riff Raff
Influenced by the sounds of Classic Country, 1960's Rock 'n' Roll, and master songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young, Hurray for the Riff Raff has deep roots in the landscape of America. Alynda Lee Segarra, a 24 year old Puerto Rican from the Bronx is the creative force behind the band. At the young age of 17 she traveled the USA and eventually settled in New Orleans, forming Hurray for the Riff Raff. Rollingstone.com called their 2007 self-released debut album It Don't Mean I Don't Love You "Sweet, tender folk music built from brittle banjos and boasting lovely, loping melodies." Their second album, 2010's Young Blood Blues was released by eMusic Selects (Best Coast, Crystal Castles). Bruce Warren of WXPN and NPR's World Cafe said of Young Blood Blues, "The band has released an album of great songs that will re-define any concept about folk or alternative-country”.
Phil Alexander, the Editor-in-Chief of MOJO named the band the second best band he saw at SXSW 2011 and wrote, "Hurray For The Riff Raff evoke images of a lost America, her strange sepia'd country-folk vignettes, heartbreaking and poignant, provide a safe retreat and a place of freedom from the 21st century for those yearning authenticity and something tangible." The Times of London named the band's self-titled LP one of the top 10 records of 2011, exclaiming that "Hurray For The Riff Raff have a gift for crafting songs in a country-folk style that sound fresh, personal and heartfelt."
Hurray for the Riff Raff will be releasing their new studio LP, Lookout Mama in April, 2012.