The result was "Beta Love," which showcases a New Wave-inspired sound. "It was something we were interested in for a while," Zeller said. "We didn't set up to make a synth-pop album." As the album was taking shape, the men in the band saturated themselves with sci-fi influences and readings about futurism, which led to fascinating themes and sounds.
"We realized how different it was," Zeller said, recalling that midway through the recording process, the musicians congregated in the studio's parking lot to decide if what they were doing was right.
In the end, Ra Ra Riot decided to go with the mantra that you're not learning if you don't challenge yourself.
When • Monday, May 13, 9 p.m.Where • Park City Live, 427 Main St., Park CityTickets • $62.50 at parkcitylive.net