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Hot on the heels of the release of their new single Runaway, RAGERRA are set to play a late show upstairs at Whelan’s, this Friday, March 11th. Having played only a limited number of shows in the past year the band are excited to be getting back on the stage and will be airing a number of new tunes from their new album which will be released later this year.

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A bit about RAGERRA and Runaway…

Dreamy, indie, rock band RAGERRA have released a brand new single Runaway out now! The trio consisting of Mark Boyle, Barry Monahan and Luke Alford, formerly known as Valhalla, have made a departure from their name and heavier rock roots to create a blissful new soundscape for their forthcoming single.

Like many musicians over the past couple of years, inspiration for RAGERRA’S new sound came during one of our many lockdowns. While spending time writing, their songs progressed into a dream-like, cinematic universe, sounding more expansive and sophisticated than ever before. Lead vocalist and lyricist Mark Boyle says “I was playing around with some new tunings at the time of writing some of our new material and I stumbled across a tuning from a Placebo track that I really liked. At the time it was like a breath of fresh air and I was immediately excited to write something and one of the tunes that came from that excitement was Runaway.

Lyrically, my influence came from a poem called Rapa Nui by Nobel Prize poet Pablo Neruda. In this poem he talks about a dream where two people can be together and at that time we were all quite separated with covid restrictions. I then began writing around a narrative about the types of circumstances people could have found themselves in throughout this weird period of our lives.”

Runaway’s final arrangement came when all three band mates could finally get together for a jam session with Barry Monahan on keys and bass and Luke Alford on drums. When they finally were able to get into the studio to record, Runaway had thoroughly evolved and backing vocals were then added from the amazing Amy Kelly (ANDI) and violin from Éna Brennan (Dowry).

The video for Runaway was shot in The Harold House pub in Harolds Cross last month with the band self-directing for the first time. You can watch it here.

RAGERRA have previously released an EP Big Men,They Fall (2019) and album Primal Features (2021), both embracing the heavier rock influences that banded the trio together. They have played shows in numerous venues around Dublin including The Button Factory, Whelan’s, Workman’s Club and have had radio airplay support on 2XFM and Radio Nova.

Runaway is the first single to be taken from their second album due for release later this year. The b-side is titled Endless and it carries the same indie, dream rock influence.

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