Exclusive Interview: The Raffaellas

theaussieword.com meets with The Raffaellas in this special blog interview!

What can you tell our readers about you? How and where did it all begin? The Raffaellas as it exists now came about as a result of all four of us (Doug – Lead Guitar + Vox, James – Bass + Vox, Pat – Rhythm Guitar + Vox, Michael – Drums) were all playing together in a cover band. It was a big corporate, horns-sectiony, big band and we were 4 out of 11 or 12 members. Most of us were writing our own music anyway, and thought it might be a good idea to start playing. Ideas came pretty quickly and naturally so we started playing under The Raffaellas which was the only name we really agreed on at the time – Pat’s niece Raffaella had been born a week or so before – we just went with it. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: The Raffaellas

New Music: The Raffaellas ‘Words’

Previously performing Ray Charles & Paul Simon covers as members of a big band – in 2010 Pat, James, Michael and Doug broke away to form The Raffaellas via their shared appreciation of Classic Rock & Roll and 12-Bar Blues. 

A self-titled EP under their belt, The Raffaellas began to forge a reputation as hard-working musicians via performances in every bandroom from Brunswick to St. Kilda. In late 2012 they entered Birdland Recording Studios with revered producer Lindsay Gravina (The Living End, Roland S. Howard) to record their most consequential works to date. Their first offering, ‘Words‘, is a commentary on the tendency for society to define everyday life with restrictive labels. Driven by bright guitars and punchy rhythm, sonically ‘Words’ is a pulsating jam that builds up to a lyrical assertion of anthemic proportions.