Picture this: Your twenties are behind you, you’ve just gotten engaged, and you’ve just made the most satisfying art of your life, thanks in large part to friendships forged in grade school.
Welcome to the life of Ra Ra Riot frontman Wes Miles. The singer-songwriter and his bandmates are set to release Need Your Light, RRR’s fourth long-player, a week from today on Feb. 19. Miles grew up childhood friends in Glen Ridge, N.J. with Ezra Koenig, who introduced him to his Vampire Weekend cohort Rostam Batmanglij during their college years. Fast-forward to today; Rostam’s studio presence pushed Miles’ voice to heights it had never reached before and he’s still a little shaken.
“[I was] almost shredding my vocal cords just to reach these notes. When I got there, that’s what made the connection for us.”