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Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “PIERCED ARROWS” Song and Video out Today

January 21, 2022

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “PIERCED ARROWS” Song and Video out Today
LIFE ON EARTH, Nonesuch Debut from Hurray for the Riff Raff, aka Alynda Segarra, due February 18
North American tour begins March 19


“A major step forward for one of today’s most vital artists. The first great album of 2022.” – Uncut

“[Alynda Segarra] has a voice rooted in history, making music to change the present … the voice of the future.” —NPR

“In an ever-desensitized world, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra is skilled at making violence human.”

Nonesuch Records releases “PIERCED ARROWS,” a new song from Hurray for the Riff Raff (aka Alynda Segarra) today, January 13, 2022. The track is from Segarra’s Nonesuch debut, LIFE ON EARTH, out February 18; its video is directed by New Orleans-based artist Lucia Honey. Hurray for the Riff Raff tours North America this spring, beginning March 19 in Atlanta and continuing through April 20 in Nashville, with stops in Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, among others (full schedule below; Anjimile supports). International tour dates will be announced soon. Life on Earth is available to preorder now here; preorders from the Nonesuch Store and the Hurray for the Riff Raff Store include a limited-edition signed print.

Life on Earth is a departure for the New Orleans-based Segarra (they/she). Its eleven new “nature punk” tracks on the theme of survival are music for a world in flux—songs about thriving, not just surviving, while disaster is happening. For their eighth full-length album, Segarra drew inspiration from The Clash, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Bad Bunny, and the author of Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown. Recorded during the pandemic, Life on Earth was produced by Brad Cook (Waxahatchee, Bon Iver, Kevin Morby).

The album has received critical praise already, appearing on most anticipated records of 2022 lists by NPR, Pitchfork, the Guardian, Stereogum, the Observer, Vulture, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, the Evening Standard, and the Irish Times, among other. The Guardian says, “What’s most impressive about Life on Earth is the way Segarra metabolises bleak and disturbing subjects into songs that brim with hope, beauty and cheer,” while the Observer says, “Hurray for the Riff Raff promises a manual for Life on Earth, a ‘nature punk’ album for tough times,” and NPR’s Ann Powers says, “If you need some music to take you forward in this strange winter, I think Life on Earth is gonna do it for you.”

Segarra calls “Pierced Arrows,” “A heartbreak song, lost in the realm of memory. Being stuck in the past, and finding the rapidly changing world uncanny and bizarre. Trying to outrun trauma. Finding a meeting place between tough and tender. Memory replaying inside/beside you, triggering fight or flight responses.”

Lucia Honey says of the video, “We took inspiration from arthouse cinema from the turn of the millennium. Run Lola Run, Requiem for a Dream, My Own Private Idaho. We wanted ‘Pierced Arrows’ to have a gritty narrative feel but that still indulged in a surrealist aesthetic.

“The song lends itself to a narrative climax. The first time I heard it, I felt like I was in the middle of a brewing storm. I couldn’t escape the reference to Hurricane Ida, which hit Southern Louisiana hard in late August. This blended well with themes from Alynda’s song which is largely about running from a past that always catches up to you. Hence physical running in industrial landscapes. Metal. Trainyards. Escapism. Cold anxiety. Being stuck in a trauma loop.”

Alynda Segarra was born and raised in the Bronx, which they left at age seventeen, running away from everything and everyone they knew, hopping freight trains or hitchhiking across the country in the company of a band of street urchins. Segarra moved to New Orleans in 2007 and formed two bands: Dead Man’s Street Orchestra and Hurray for the Riff Raff. In 2015, Segarra decamped to Nashville, then to New York, to make 2017’s critically praised The Navigator, an ambitious and fully realized concept album that was her quest to reclaim her Puerto Rican identity. Segarra’s previous records as Hurray for the Riff Raff are Crossing the Rubicon (EP, 2007), It Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You (2008), Young Blood Blues (2010), Hurray for the Riff Raff (2011), Look Out Mama (2012), My Dearest Darkest Neighbor (2013), and Small Town Heroes (2014).



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Hurray for the Riff Raff Tour 

Saturday, March 19 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Tuesday, March 22 Austin, TX Antone’s
Friday, March 25 Los Angeles, CA Lodge Room
Saturday, March 26 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s
Tuesday, March 29 San Francisco, CA Independent
Thursday, March 31 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
Friday, April 1 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Saturday, April 2 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Tuesday, April 5 Salt Lake City Urban Lounge
Wednesday, April 6 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Friday, April 8 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
Saturday, April 9 Chicago, IL Thalia Hall
Sunday, April 10 Columbus, OH Skully’s Music-Diner
Monday, April 11 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern
Wednesday, April 13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club *
Friday, April 15 New York, NY Elsewhere *
Saturday, April 16 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts *
Sunday, April 17 Washington, DC Union Stage *
Monday, April 18 Durham, NC Motorco Music Hall
Wednesday, April 20 Nashville, TN Basement East


Anjimile supports all tour dates

*Amelia Jackie opens