Ra Ra Riot has released their electrifying new single “Belladonna.” The song is the band’s latest offering from their forthcoming album Superbloom, out August 9th.

Reflecting on the track, vocalist Wes Miles says:

“Belladonna” was written at a really pivotal time in the making of this record. We had already finished “Flowers” when we met Kieron Menzies and Dean Reid (who co-wrote and produced) but “Belladonna” is what really solidified the floral bit, crushed psychedelic desert-y vibe of the record in my mind. It sort of bridges the gap between the warm tracks like “Bad To Worse” and the more abrasive tracks from Frenchtown like “Endless Pain/Endless Joy.”

The day we met Kieron & Dean, they showed us this beat. After messing around with a couple melodic ideas, Dean asked if I had any lyrics written down anywhere. So I pulled up my phone looking for lyric ideas but accidentally opened a list of movies that I wanted to watch instead, the first of which was Belladonna of Sadness. It just so happened that “Belladonna” fit perfectly in the melodic line and we kinda took it from there. I finally watched the movie a couple weeks later and after finishing the rest of the lyrics and talking about it with Mat (it’s a really bizarre and disturbing psychedelic Japanese movie from ‘73), he suggested we have some sort of spoken word section to nod back to where the song was spawned from. So we found this delightful monologue (done by Erico Wakamatsu) that fit the timing and captured the vibe perfectly. The full translation, done mostly by Dean (my Japanese is quite rusty) is in the lyric video and I think the story is really beautiful. It’s about a night Erico dreamt she was swimming in a vast lukewarm sea. My favorite part about it is that the last line in the story (it’s not a spoiler) harkens back to a certain cover from very early in our catalog.

Coming off the Summer Gods Tour with Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World, the band will be heading over to Europe later this year for a string of tour dates kicking off in Amsterdam on December 2nd at Paradiso. Full tour dates can be found below and ticketing information can be found at https://rarariot.com/

Check out the lyric video to “Belladonna” below:

Summer Gods Tour w/ Third Eye Blind & Jimmy Eat World
August 2 @ The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV
August 3 @ FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA

EU & UK Dates
Dec 2 @ Paradiso in Amsterdam, NL
Dec 3 @ Häkken in Hamburg, DE
Dec 4 @ Musik und Frieden in Berlin, DE
Dec 5 @ Zehner in Munich, DE
Dec 7 @ Helios 37 in Cologne, DE
Dec 8 @ Exil in Zurich, CH
Dec 10 @ The Thekla in Bristol, UK
Dec 11 @ King Tuts in Glasgow, UK
Dec 12 @ The Deaf Institute in Manchester, UK
Dec 13 @ Oslo in London, UK