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The Rice Cakes / Press

“The Rice Cakes sound better than ever on "Floor Boards." And while they've been known to play musical chairs onstage, Belisle holds his own while accompanying Raskin on vocals on both of the new tracks. ”

“We're so happy to be bringing back our Volunteer Spotlight series, where we tell you all about all the awesome folks that make Girls Rock! Rhode Island's magic happen! If you'd like to join our amazing volunteer team, you can visit our year-round volunteer page or Girls Rock Camp volunteer page (no musical experience necessary!) to learn more! With that, we'd like to start off this Volunteer Appreciation Week with the totally awesome Roz Raskin, of Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes!”

“The 7″ itself is more than worth a listen. Floor Boards and Halloweenie each have their own personality, but sound like a match-made in heaven when played consecutively. New listeners will feel more comfortable with the familiar beats and sounds on Floorboards, and long-time fans will enjoy the experimental feel of Halloweenie. Both songs, however, are quality hits and are sure to gain The Rice Cakes some new fans and listeners.”

“This is definitely the freshest tracks of the day. This track just makes me smile and has all that I was looking for in a song. Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes have surprised me. Providence has spawned, what will become, one of the best releases of 2013, “Floor Boards / Halloweenie 7″. Don’t forget to pay attention.”

“The Rice Cakes, one of the best and most vital bands to come out of The Creative Capital in the past 5 years, were getting ready to go on stage to bring the night to a close with their epic style of indie-pop that's is so infectious you won't be able to stop your self from cutting a rug on the dance floor right when you hear Roz Raskin's amazing voice and her first note on the keys.”

“The trio also decided to play musical chairs this time around, with drummer Belisle sliding over to bass and keys, while Foster jumped behind the kit. The multi-talented Raskin helms the keyboard and glockenspiel, along with some bass and guitar duties.”

“Even though the whole record is fun and might the attract the attention of more than one that’s looking for something more insane and different.”

“Although on the surface Roz Raskin leads a piano trio, she distinguishes the band by fronting it with the warm organic sounds of a Fender Rhodes electric piano. With bell-like melodic lines and complex chordal washes, her keyboard creates a rich landscape in which bassist Justin Foster and drummer Casey Belisle explore vibrant rhythms as Roz’s voice floats above it all. There is a subtle intimacy in the interplay between the three musicians in Roz’s songs, but also moments where the three combine into a powerful and slamming unified front.”

“Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes won us over after witnessing the sold-out crowd singing along throughout her CD release party last summer for The Friend Ship. Raskin plays the electric piano with the same passion she exudes on the mic. "Hear My Voice" and "Tourist Attraction" bring out the best, and her heartfelt lyrics are well-complemented by Casey Belisle's racket behind the kit and bassist Justin Foster's melodic rumble. Raskin's background in jazz and folk illuminate "We Search for Violent Hills" and "Boys and Girls," and the 21-year-old singer will captivate any room when she launches into "The Beating," an intense and unnerving number.”

“Normally, I would be very disappointed with a ratio of five dollars to three songs, but having a big old 10" record chock full of art, lyrics, info as well as the digital download is a value unmatched. The fact that this is a limited release makes it all the more sentimental. The actual tracks themselves are engineered solidly, and it's on par with the same Rice Cakes value as The Friendship.”

“There are times the sound reminds me of Forget Cassettes or the Dresden Dolls. I am amazed at Raskin's confidence and presence. I hesitate to compare her to a traditional singer-songwriter because of the powerful drums from Casey Belisle that emphasize the raw emotion behind her lyrics. "The Beating" is one of the few tracks on here with guitars and Raskin's soaring vocals tell a story of loss and loneliness: "Claim your dead, they sure as hell won't claim themselves."”

“The new EP is the first recording the band has done that includes musical input from all three members of the group, with all the songs from "The Friend Ship" being written by Raskin herself. Each song just shows how much the band has progressed in their sound for the better, taking that rhythmic, jazzy, indie-pop sound to a whole new level that just puts you into a dreamy, cosmic trance.”

“Roz Raskin and the Rice Cakes won us over after witnessing the sold-out crowd singing along throughout her CD release party last summer for The Friend Ship. Raskin plays the electric piano with the same passion she exudes on the mic. "Hear My Voice" and "Tourist Attraction" bring out the best, and her heartfelt lyrics are well-complemented by Casey Belisle's racket behind the kit and bassist Justin Foster's melodic rumble. Raskin's background in jazz and folk illuminate "We Search for Violent Hills" and "Boys and Girls," and the 21-year-old singer will captivate any room when she launches into "The Beating," an intense and unnerving number. ”

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