The Rapture (band)

The Rapture (band)
The Rapture
Background information
Origin NYC, New York United States
Genres Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Acid House
Art punk[1]
Years active 1998–present
Labels DFA Records
Website Official website
Luke Jenner (vocals and guitar)
Vito Roccoforte (drums and percussion)
Gabriel Andruzzi (keyboards, saxophone, bass guitar, percussion and vocals)
Past members
Brooks Bonstin (bass guitar and vocals)
Christopher Relyea (keyboards and vocals)
Matt Safer (bass guitar and vocals)

The Rapture is an Indie rock band based in New York City. The band mixes influences from many genres including post-punk, acid house, disco, electronica and rock, pioneering the post-punk revival genre. They were forerunners of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s, as they mixed their early post-punk sound with electronic and dance elements.




In 1998 drummer Vito Roccoforte and guitarist/vocalist Luke Jenner formed the Rapture.[2] They released a single, "The Chair That Squeaks", on Hymnal Sound that same year.[3] After heavy touring, they released a debut mini-album, Mirror, on Gravity Records in 1999. Bassist Matt Safer joined the band prior to the 2001 release of the six-song EP Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks on the Sub Pop label.

Echoes (2003 - 2006)

With the help of the DFA production team, the band recorded "House of Jealous Lovers" in 2003 and eventually released their first full-length album Echoes.[2] The album secured two Top 40 singles in the UK[2] and also was met with critical acclaim, being awarded Album of the Year by and runner up in NME only to the White Stripes.[citation needed] Gabriel Andruzzi joined the band full time after the record was completed to help tour.

In the wake of the success of "House of Jealous Lovers", The Rapture opened for the Sex Pistols in a soccer stadium in England, and underwent a large major bidding war eventually signing with Vertigo Records out of the UK and Strummer Records (a Gary Gersh Label) both owned by Universal Music.

In January 2004, the Rapture toured with Franz Ferdinand on the NME Awards Tour. Later that year, the band toured on the main stage of the Curiosa Festival alongside Interpol, Mogwai, and the The Cure.

Pieces of the People We Love (2006 - 2011)

The Rapture released their second full-length album, Pieces of the People We Love, on Universal Motown Records in September 2006 after Strummer folded. Paul Epworth, Ewan Pearson and Danger Mouse produced the album. Recorded mostly in New York city at Sear Sound (studio of Walter Sear, partner of Bob Moog) but also recorded a few song in Los Angeles to work with Danger Mouse. The bulk of the recording being handled by Epworth and Pearson. The title track features Cee Lo Green on backing vocals.

The Rapture also toured with Daft Punk on the North American leg of their tour in 2007. Playing such venues as Red Rocks in Colorado, and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley California.

In an interview with Dave Owen of Access All Areas and I Can't Breathe Media[4] Luke Jenner stated that Justin Timberlake originally sang on the track "No Sex For Ben.": "We were recording with Timbaland, 'cause he beatboxes on the track and Justin was upstairs with Duran Duran and he came down and sang on the track, but when we got it back from the label someone had removed JT's vocals."

In 2008, Luke Jenner left the band in the wake of his mother's death and son's birth. After a few months he returned to the band but soon after Mattie Safer left.[5]

On July 14, 2009 on The Rapture's official website they announced that bassist Mattie Safer decided to leave the band and add "We are sad to see him go but it seems it is the best for all of us." The Rapture have been working on new material since Safer's departure in their Brooklyn studio.[dated info] In the days following Matt's departure Dave Owen[6] caught up with Luke Jenner who said that the split was amicable.

In the Grace of Your Love (2011 - )

The Rapture have announced on Facebook and Twitter that they will be back in the DFA fold for their new album, In The Grace of Your Love. DFA will release the album on September 6 in the U.S. and September 5 in Europe. Modular will release the album in Australia and New Zealand.[dated info]

Phoenix producer/Cassius member Philippe Zdar produced the record, which the Rapture recorded in Brooklyn and Paris. This will be the Rapture's first album since 2006's Pieces of the People We Love.[7]

Songs featured in other media

"Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks" featured in the film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis novel The Rules Of Attraction.

The song "Echoes" plays in a scene of the film Superbad, and is the opening theme for the E4 television series Misfits.

The song "The Devil" plays in a scene during the episode "Rocket Club" in the television series Aliens in America.

Their song, "Whoo! Alright, Yeah…Uh Huh" is the official anthem for New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.[8] The same song is used on the EA sports game Madden 2007, under the name "W.A.Y.U.H"

"No Sex for Ben" is featured in The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV a soundtrack that is bundled with the special edition version of Grand Theft Auto IV. This song was number 26 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.[9] The song was also featured on the third season premiere of Gossip Girl and was a major hit in Australia.



Compilation albums

  • Tapes (2008) !K7

Mixtape with songs chosen by the band

Singles and EPs

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 UK Singles Chart[10] Album
1998 "The Chair That Squeaks" - - -
2001 Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks EP - - -
2002 "House of Jealous Lovers" - - -
2003 "Killing" / "Give Me Every Little Thing" (The Rapture/Juan Maclean split) - - -
"House of Jealous Lovers" (Re-release) - 27 Echoes
2004 "Love Is All" - 38
"Sister Saviour" - 51
2006 "Get Myself Into It" - 36 Pieces of the People We Love
"Whoo! Alright — Yeah... Uh Huh" - 65
2007 "Pieces of the People We Love" - -
Live from SoHo - - -
"The Sound" - - Need for Speed: ProStreet soundtrack
2008 "No Sex for Ben" - - The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV
2011 "How Deep is Your Love" - - In the Grace of Your Love


  1. ^ Tom Semioi. "Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  2. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy. "The Rapture: Biography". All Music Guide. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Rapture, The - The Chair That Squeaks". Discogs. Retrieved 2011-11-10. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (2011-08-29). "Interviews: The Rapture". Pitchfork Media Inc.. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
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  9. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  10. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 450. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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