Phoenix New Times | Ra Ra Riot on lineup changes, the singularity, and Blade Runner

May 9, 2013

Source: Phoenix New Times — May 9, 2013 | Chris Parker

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Up on the Sun: I understand the new album, Beta Love, is informed by thoughts on the nature and evolution of technology and humanity.

Wes Miles: Yeah, a lot of it comes from a book that Matt [Santos, bassist] started reading first when we were recording The Orchard, Ray Kurzweil’s The Singularity Is Near.

At that point, we started talking more about it and thinking about what the singularity would mean for us. Then after we got into that, there was a lot of sci-fi that I got into, specifically William Gibson, who wrote Neuromancer and a lot of other interesting books. There are a lot of things that made their way onto the record. [...]