Art Rock, that’s a pretty broad term. And yet, when describing Providence, Rhode Island’s Roz & The Rice Cakes, the term Art Rock fits squarely in the center of any definition that attempts to describe this band’s sound. But under the stuttering time-changes, the crescendos and the complex arrangements, at the heart of these songs, there’s a simple pop quality that roots the band somewhere down a back alley where Fleetwood Mac and Henry Cow mingle with Bettie Seveert and Gwen Stefani. Roz and The Rice Cakes is equal parts experimental and catchy, energetic and bookish, daring and sugarcoated.
Since 2008 the group has been touring the US non-stop, either headlining or supporting such artists as Passion Pit, Andrew WK, The Joy Formidable, OK GO and Tera Melos. They have played such national stages as the Newport Folk Festival. For their first album for Team Love Records, Roz & The Rice Cake’s, Need to Feed sees the band teaming up w/ producers Bern Miller and Jeff Prystowsky from the Low Anthem at Providence’s historic Columbus Theatre . The results take the band to a new height in terms of tapping into their twin attributes of pop and art.
Team Love Records will release Need To Feed on June 24, 2014.