Hurray for the Riff Raff made a big splash in the U.S. with 2012’s Look Out Mama, and it seems fans of the band still have plenty of new material to anticipate. Mod Mobilian Records and This Is American Music have announced that Hurray for the Riff Raff is set to release new album on July 1.
The album, which is composed of mostly covers, features charismatic frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra’s soulful vocals, making the classic tracks her own.
“These are songs I’ve gathered over the years. I’ve taken them with me wherever I go. For a musician who lives most of her life on the road, the songs you know and love are one of your only consistencies. They carry a feeling of home,” said Segarra of the compilation. “The songwriters who’ve penned them have inspired me endlessly. I have studied them because I hope to never cease my education on how to write a good tune.”
The two original tracks on the album were based upon songs written by artists who have inspired Segarra in one form or another.
“These are my attempts at the folk tradition of writing a song where someone else left off,” Segarra said. “These are soul songs. Let’s sing them together.“
Listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s cover of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” in the player below, and look out for My Dearest Darkest Neighbor, out next week.