Harmonized Records is pleased to announce the release of the third full-length album from Burlington, Vermont-based RAQ, entitled Ton These. With this release, RAQ have given the world another example of why they are one of rock n' roll's most relevant and capable up and coming acts. We are more than happy to share this secret with you before it gets out. Self-described as high performance rock and roll, RAQ have been steadily building an army of fans over the last five years through relentless touring and have become known for their adventurous, energetic live shows. The band's steady rise to success is attributed to their ability to captivate an audience with their energy, creativity, and passion for performing quality music. RAQ's compositions are grounded in solid song structures, but the music is malleable enough to go in infinite directions in the live setting. This is what keeps the quartet's devout following and first time listeners yearning for more as the audience is taken along on a collective journey. Each time they perform, RAQ gathers newly devoted fans with their infectious sound.
Their extensive repertoire of original compositions and eclectic selection of covers give the band the freedom to create a unique set list for every show. The music has matured with age and experience, evolving into a sound that is both retro and cutting-edge, helping RAQ connect to generations of grassroots music fans. They continue to tour relentlessly, leaving every ounce of energy they have on stage each night and delighting the senses of the most discerning rock n' roll aficionado.
Ton These ignites these senses right from the first track with the anthemic and concise "Walking in Circles." Todd Stoops adds uncompromising rhythm and texture (keyboards, organs), Jay Burwick
(bass) and Greg Stukey (drums), RAQ's unstoppable rhythm section, lay the perfect backbone for Chris Michetti's note cascading, awe-inspiring, guitar playing. Tracks like "Bootch Magoo," "City Funk," and "One of These Days" will have you signing up for the Air Guitar World Championships before the last note is played. "Forget Me Not" evokes the swagger of early Ben Folds recordings. "Glimpse" will carry you down the musical roads of your memory, complete with beautiful backing vocal harmonies courtesy of Aya Inoue. Much like a live RAQ show, Ton These is a multi-dimensional listening experience. Cd hits the shelves on Tuesday September 19th.
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