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Rites of Ash / Press

“... inspiration comes from our evolving ability to create auditory art that both pleases and connects with our fans. Not only do we want to make music that people can dance and groove to, we want them to read into the lyrics and feel the emotional messages we are attempting to send them.”

“Washington DC's own Rites of Ash records with Grammy award wining producer/engineer, Jeff Bova.”

“Tonight’s HFS Locals Only Spotlight artist is Rites Of Ash, which is the result of the following equation: electropop + hard rock + D.C. roots + L.A. attitude. Hmm. Don’t like math? How about this description, then: take the technical complexity of Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, and maybe Skrillex…then add the bold self-confidence of Lady Gaga. Still too much for you to wrap your head around? How about taking Shiny Toy Guns and giving them an unhealthy dose of stimulants? Whatever works for you. Our point is that they are intense, they are simultaneously like and unlike electronic rock bands that know how to shake you up, and they’re something you should check out, which you can do at any given moment by hitting up their website…or at a live show sometime, since they do a lot of those, too.”

"Few bands can pull off that electronic rock and pop well, but if you need a reference of a job well done, look no further than DC-based band Rites of Ash, who spews originality and diversity in their latest album, Like Venom. Eleven tracks of rock meets pop meets electronica all carefully crafted into one unified album, makes this a hit. Reminiscent of Linkin Park and T-Pain (if they had a love child, it would absolutely be Like Venom), Rites of Ash make use of technology to influence and put their sound above the rest. Unique and upbeat, their live show fully supports the energy that you get from Like Venom. Wowing crowds seems effortless and natural for the band whose songs have graced MTV hit shows like “The Real World” and “Pimp My Ride.” Lyrically impressive as well...truly breaking barriers on a local and national level, this album is worth all the hype it gets."

"I've seen a ton of bands, and you guys really stand out as one of the best...you've got the live show covered!" -Ron Underwood & Jim Kaufman (Opiate for the Masses)

“DJ Paul Edge and Pablo Manzarek, (son of Ray Manzarek, founding member of The Doors, who were recently awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy) have agreed to remix Rites of Ash's acclaimed album Beautiful Illusions...”

“Most notably, the band debuted their new website to an astounding 55,000+ hits within the first 24 hours of its release, demonstrating the wide appeal the band has to consumers who are intrigued by the band’s unique fusion of hard rock and electronica.”