Regina band Rah Rah set off on international tour
They're not strangers to touring, but Regina band Rah Rah will be seeing new sights and reaching new audiences as they embark on an international tour this fall.
"(Touring) is difficult to do - emotionally and mentally," said Marshall Burns, one of the group's founding members.
The band members leave Regina Thursday to tour through parts of Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Burns and band mate Erin Passmore started Rah Rah when they were in high school.
"So the band has had a lot of different variations with different members and stuff like that. It's always been evolving," Burns said.
The current version features Jeffrey Romanyk, a drummer who joined Rah Rah as they recorded their latest album "The Poet's Dead."
"I think things are working for us in terms of dynamics and being able to have the right amount of commitment (to the band)," Romanyk said, suggesting one of the reasons a tour including European stops was right for the band at this time.
Rah Rah has played in venues across Canada and recently toured to California. Their current tour will take them to Alberta, Germany, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Brunswick.
"Europe is kind of extra special because it's such a distance," Burns said, "but every time you go to a different city its interesting."
"I always feel you get to know a place the best by its people, and playing shows kind of opens up the doors to meeting people more than just doing tourist or sight-seeing things,” Romanyk added.
Burns explained that some of the band's current members have briefly toured Europe before.
"The people were really receptive and responsive. I'd say even more so than in Canada," Burns remembered. Romanyk added that their label has been promoting their band in Germany for the tour.
"So there might be one or two people who know the name before we get there."
More information on Rah Rah and their tour can be found on their website www.rahrahband.com.