Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff's Music Video for New Song "Hungry Ghost"

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Hurray for the Riff Raff, the working name of singer-songwriter Alynda Segarra, have released the new song “Hungry Ghost,” the second single off of their forthcoming album The Navigator, along with a video directed by Sarrah Danziger.

Following “Rican Beach,” the album’s Latin-infused first single, “Hungry Ghost” sees Hurray for the Riff Raff continuing to expand beyond the simple folkiness of their 2014 breakthrough, Small Town Heroes. It finds its foundation on driving bass and drums and adds in moody electric guitar to find a space somewhere in between roots music and the hardcore punk that Segarra initially fell in love with.

In a note on the video, Segarra says:

“Hungry Ghost” captures the beauty of safe and queer DIY venues and parties. These sanctuaries will only become more important in these grave and uncertain times. Queerness is the future of our country and we, the future generation, are aiming for the freedom of gender fluidity and inter-sectional justice for all people. As artists and freethinkers we must care for each other and hold these safe spaces close to us. With those we lost in Oakland and Orlando in our hearts, this video is a love letter to all the queer people who are putting on intentional events that promote nights of safety, unity and freedom. Keep up the good work.

Filmed in New Orleans, the video features scenes of joyous dancing—at times beautifully choreographed, at times free and expressive—interspersed with shots of Segarra singing along.

The Navigator was announced in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, and it seemed impossible not to listen to the politics of “Rican Beach” and see it as a response to the political climate. Add in that Segarra is an outspoken voice on matters of ethnicity, race and sexuality, both in the music world and the world at large, and you had the setup for one of 2017’s first protest albums. But the record promises to be personal as well, crafting a semi-autobiographical tale that recalls Segarra’s life growing up in the Bronx and finding the New York City punk scene. Segarra lists “poetry, Puerto Rican activist groups the Young Lords and the Ghetto Brothers, [and] Fania Records” as some of the inspirations behind the album.

Hurray for the Riff Raff  begin touring across the world tomorrow with a sold-out show in London and will continue through much of 2017, including a new run of dates in June, which will go on sale Friday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m. local time. Ron Gallo will provide support on all of HFTRR’s U.S. dates.

The Navigator is out March 10 via ATO Records. Watch the video for “Hungry Ghost” above, read our 2016 interview with Segarra here, and see all of their tour dates below, plus watch HFTRR play in the Paste Ruins at the Newport Folk Festival in 2013.

Hurray for the Riff Raff Tour Dates:

18 – London, U.K. @ Sebright Arms
19 – Newcastle, U.K. @ Cluny 2
20 – Glasgow, U.K. @ Celtic Connections at Drygate
21- Bristol UK @ The Lantern
24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso (Upstairs)

15-17 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
20 – Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell
21 – Manchester, U.K. @ Deaf Institute
22 – London, U.K. @ The Dome
23 – Winchester, U.K. @ The Railway Inn
25 – Brighton, U.K. @ Sticky Mikes
27 – Paris, France @ Les Femmes S’En Melent Festival
28 – Brussels, Belgium @ Rotonde
29 – Hamburg, Germany @ Hakken
30 – Berlin, Germany @ Gruener Salon
31 – Munich, Germany @ Milla

02 – Munster, Germany @ Pumpenhaus
03 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown
04 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ EKKO
05 – Groningen, Netherlands @ Vera
15 – Middlebury, Vt. @ Middlebury College
16 – Northampton, Mass. @ Academy of Music
18 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Sinclair
19 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Sinclair
20 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
21 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ World Café (downstairs)
23 – Washington, D.C. -@ 9:30 Club
24 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Woodward Theater
25 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom
27 – Detroit, Mich. @ Magic Bag
28 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
29 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon
30 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line Music Café

02 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Old Rock House
03 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge
04 – Birmingham, Ala. @ The Saturn
05 – New Orleans, La. @ Civic Theatre

02 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
04 – Austin, Texas @ Mohawk
06 – Santa Fe, N.M. @ Meow Wolf
07 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Crescent Ballroom
09 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Teragram Ballroom
10 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ Rio Theater
11 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Fillmore
13 – Portland, Ore. @ Revolution Hall
15 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Imperial
16 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Crocodile
18 – Boise, Idaho @ The Olympic
19 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
21 – Denver, Colo. @ The Bluebird Theater