Sahaj: Vocals, Guitar
Skoota Warner: Drums
Ben Carroll: Guitar
Sean Corcoran: Bass
The sun god. Every religion has one in some guise or another. Think life force. Think birth, death and resurrection. Think all-consuming passion. The ancient Egyptians called theirs RA. It's a fitting name for a band, especially one that generates such passion with its dynamic, multi-dimensional sound--and one that has cheated death in a sense. "Naming the band RA wasn't about tying it in with the Egyptians," says vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer Sahaj. "It was more about the actual sun god. The solar system and our planet's ecosystem is completely dependent upon the sun. Plus it's a fiery, passionate image."
It almost didn't happen, though. "I knew I was able to connect with people, but I felt we were never given an opportunity," recalls Sahaj of his early struggles with the band. "After working at it for five years, I finally told myself that unless something amazing happened at the NEMO festival in Boston, I was basically quitting. As with the rest of my life, it all came down to the wire. We played that show, and a month later we were receiving major airplay."
My Name" marked the beginning of RA's rise. The song reflects facets of the diverse cuts that make up FROM ONE. It's exotic yet familiar, heavy yet funky, direct yet sophisticated, sensual yet soulful, unrelenting yet cathartic. It takes only one listen to realize that the question in the song's title is purely rhetorical, and the answer, of course, is "yes." Elsewhere, "Rectifier" combines eerie guitar atmospherics and peddling bass and guitar rhythms that burst into a cloudscraping vocal melody. The aptly named "Fallen Rock Zone" marries raga-esque guitar runs with a stuttering riff tattooed by Skoota's deft snare work and Sahaj's ganged vocals. And the aching "On My Side" chimes to life, gradually climbing to a windswept chorus that's bound to produce classic lighter-waving moments in concert. It's a varied collection of songs, for sure, and yet it all sounds unmistakably.
"Our music can be played alongside that of any contemporary band, and it sounds like all of them and none of them," says Sahaj. "That's the key. I tried to make the music sound familiar yet different." It's all the product of a mind that reconciles opposites with ease. "I wanted to hear Metallica with the Police's Andy Summers playing guitar and Sting singing. It bothered me that there wasn't a band like that, so I formed one," he says with a laugh.
Both Ben and Sean had the benefit of seeing Sahaj perform before joining the band. As a result, they became fans of the music before they were even playing it. "It was heavy but melodic at the same time, and the hooks were totally there," recalls Ben, who first heard the bludgeoning "Fallen Rock Zone" via the Internet. "The music couldn't have been any better for me; it was a perfect match." "I fell in love with the music and the way it was approached and performed," says Sean. "The fact that it was all so new and crisp and clean was a real turn-on. Sahaj is an interesting guy. He thinks a different way. I like that."
Lyrically, Sahaj excels at writing "perspective songs." He gets inside the heads of characters and unlocks the doors that hold back so many people. Not surprisingly, his lyrics feature recurring prison imagery. On "Rectifier," he sings, "I'm stuck on a chain with no linkage, a vagrant lover prisoner." On "Do You Call My Name" he sings, "Nothing ventured nothing gained. You see your fear is your cage." "A lot of rock songwriters have extensive experience with either addiction or bad relationships or something equally destructive," he says. "I don't, so I rarely write from my own experience. I spend most of the time observing the circumstances of those around me. It just became a habit and now I report those observations."
Despite the often dark content of his lyrics, RA's songs usually resolve on a positive note, returning--like the band's namesake--to deliver hope. "Every song has a resolution, even though it may be implied more than literally described," he says. And if his lyrical cadence and word choice sounds somewhat familiar, that also has to do with his observational skills. To pay the bills, Sahaj spent a few summers working for the New York Shakespeare Festival. As head of security, he experienced Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies repeatedly each day. He absorbed the Bard's work through osmosis. "My lyrics don't read like Shakespeare, but he's definitely influenced my work. I learned the rhythm of words from watching his plays."
That interest also informs the band's striking visual side. "The music is dramatic, so there's a theatrical element to our show," says Sahaj. "There's also an element of majesty that needs to be portrayed in the music's presentation. One of my favorite movies is The Matrix, and the look of that film is a real inspiration. A lot of the concepts presented in the film are ideas that feature in our songs." Ambitious? Sure. But Sahaj is confident, not cocky. And now that RA has the opportunity to rise, the sun may never set on the band's output.
Thanks to Jamie for submitting the biography.
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Get Pumped | Reviewer: Nightmair0 | 11/3/2007
Ra is fricken amazing, i was introduced to them from football, we ran out to "do you call my name" and now i cant get enough of them i how they keep up the great work
ra is fucking sickkk | Reviewer: ted bundy | 5/1/2007
just listend to Do You Call My Name? it is a mother fucking sick asss song i fucking love it and i fucking love RA..Peace out mother fuckers HAIL HITLER
RAAA | Reviewer: yazzzy | 3/30/2007
ra rocks!!! its the B-E-S-T band ever!! my friend first inroduced the band to me with the song "fallen rock zone" and i fell madly in love with the band instantly!! me and my friends are even thinking about singing it at our tallent show! I LOVE RA!!! if u diss it i will hunt u down and rip ur libms out!! lol jst kidding but really it ROCKZ
LUW YA RAAAAA:D
Ra Rulez! | Reviewer: setos-fangrl91 | 8/19/2005
omg! i just listened to one of Ra's songs on launch and i loved it! it sounds just like my favorite song from Disturbed *only without all of the cussing* i just ordered their cd off of amazon and i i cant wait to get it! i thought that the artist name Ra actually meant the egyptian god but maybe not *shrugs* i always say the word RaDambed when i am mad and it always confuses my friends i still am going crazy checking my mail box every morning to c if my new ra cd is here! well g2g *runs to check mailbox*
FREAKIN AWESOME | Reviewer: Jared Burns | 4/20/2005
Dude....i just got Ra's cd and its fuggin great..i literally cannot stop listening to it...i have listened to the entire cd atleast 15 times...today...they're that rad...the only thing that sucks is there are NO guitar tabs for them...i guess there guitar players are just to awesome...well AWESOME band i'd encourage ANY and EVERYone to go out and buy this cd...no one should live without it...
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