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Portrait of The River Raid
In 1996 five high school students from Recife, Brazil challenge the music trend with intensity started a rock band, The River Raid (TRR). The group consists of TONI (vocals/ guitar), PRAGA (vocals/ guitar), GIBA (guitars/ moog), DUDU (bass) and GUZZ (drums/ sampler). Their music is influenced by The Stooges, Violent Femmes, Radiohead, Sonic Youth as well as other Brazilian artists from the sixties and seventies such as Tom Jobim, Roberto Carlos, Os Mutantes and Luiz Gonzaga.

The early years for The River Raid offered much success, receiving the honor of being published in a reputable magazine known as Showbizz, being at the time the #1 music magazine in Brazil. They rapidly gained media attention after winning first place at a national band challenge hosted by MTV with the song 2030.

After a couple of years dedicated to other music endeavors, the members of The River Raid got together once again to write and release their official first self titled debut album, The River Raid. The album was developed in both Miami and Brazil with Grammy winning producer, Felipe Tichauer. Segmenting the different stages of their song writing and influences, the album producing a brilliant powerful sound intensified by three guitars. " '4:20 Local Time' recalls the exuberance of the first couple of Hives records - confident, ballsy and bloody catchy." claims Owen Mckeon of Glasswerk.co.uk.

The band continued to receive recognition by specialized media. Thus earning great reviews amongst some of world’s most prestigious music critics, bloggers and magazines like Guitar Player,Spin Magazine, Glasswerk.co.uk, CMJ, Zig Zag Live and Rolling Stone had placed them in the “Editors Hot List of the Month” with the song Nao Caio Mais No Que Voce Diz (Don’t fall for what you say anymore).

After a promotional tour in July of 2007, MTV Brazil began to endorse TRR's music video "Time Up" on television and it's website (MTV Overdrive) to million's of people. As well as televised spots, TRR's single Time Up was featured on radio stations like Transamerica (Recife), Radio Cidade (Fortaleza), Brasil 2000 and Radio Mitsubishi (Sao Paulo), broadcasting the River Raid vibe across Brazil's FM Radio.

Their single 'Time Up' is featured in compilations around the World from USA (Sonicbids,Shatter Records) and England (Stay in the Box) and the CMJ's Exclusive monthly compilation.

The River Raid was fortunate to be invited to play at some of the most important festivals of North America: the Atlantis Music Conference (Atlanta, Georgia), Canadian Music Week (Toronto, Canada), Florida Music Festival and Conference (Orlando, USA) and North By North East (Toronto, Canada), opportunities that were perfect breeding grounds for new artists.

In 2008, their talent continues to be recognized from some of the most prestigious contests and awards such as ISC (International Songwriting Competition) and The New Video Music Awards. They were nominated for The Hollywood Music Awards, Toronto Music Awards and the Ontario Independent Music Awards.
The River Raid continues to perform in Brazil, while working on their second album, in some of the largest well known festivals in Brazil appearing at the Ponto ce, Fortaleza,Ceara, Se Rasgum no Rock, Belem, Para, Festival Do Sol, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.

In October of 2008 The River Raid was asked to be the opening act for the American Music Award nominated band Paramore in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for the Brazilian leg of the Final Riot Tour. With 13 000 fans before them The River Raid rocked the crowd with fervor using their signature unforgettable captivating live performance. During the Paramore tour, TRR appeared on MTV and Trama Virtual for interviews to let their fans know about upcoming releases as well as future tour dates.

2009 began with the performace in the bigest independent american festival, the South by Southwest, gig wich unchained in a small tour through the U.S.A., the band perfromed not only in Austin (TX), but also in New York (NY) and Worcester (MA).

While The River Raid continues to finish their second album in Miami, preparation is being made to release the album to the world in june 2009. Watch for it ....
 
 
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