Published Nov 19, 2012Rah Rah have notably alluded to their Prairie upbringing in song, including referencing their hometown of Regina, SK, in "Duet for Emmylou and the Grievous Angel." That may soon change for at least one member of the pop rock collective, however, as singer/multi-instrumentalist Erin Passmore is planning a move to Canada's West Coast.
"[Band member] Leif [Thorseth] lives in Vancouver, and then, actually, I'm probably going to move there in a little bit, but the band is staying in Regina," she tells Exclaim! "I just want to try living somewhere else. I've lived in Regina for my whole life. I'll obviously be home a lot. This sort of seemed like the right time because we're on the road for, you know, ever.
"It doesn't really matter where your home is. I just wanted to try something. I've been spending a lot of time out there, and it's obviously completely different from what I'm used to."
She further explains that her significant other lives in Vancouver, so that played a role in the decision. Despite the fact that one of the band's core songwriters is leaving Saskatchewan, don't expect the group to abandon on their hometown anytime soon.
"We can't really imagine doing what we do anywhere else, because, in Saskatchewan, we've got such a community of friends that all support each other," says Passmore. "I think that to leave that, even if we didn't intentionally mean to turn our backs on that, I think it would feel like that a little bit. We're Prairie folk. That's part of our identity whether we like it or not."
Rah Rah recently released their third album, The Poet's Dead, through Hidden Pony. This week, they will be heading to the U.S. for a string of dates, which you can see over here.