They say that great partnerships only get better with time, and it couldn’t be any more evident than with one of the best bands Providence has to offer, the power trio perfecto known simply as The Rice Cakes. The combination of Roz Raskin’s smooth as silk but at the same time powerful voice, an infectious display of drumming from Casey Belisle and the multi-instrumental genius of Justin Foster makes up a sound that can’t be duplicated and will never be equaled. Since the band’s debut album in 2009 with The Friend Ship and the release of their 3-song EP Feel Like Human last year, The Rice Cakes have toured all over the country and Roz even played a few solo shows in Los Angeles earlier this year. The band’s new 6-song EP, Monster Man, was released on the band’s website at www.thericecakes.com and also at Firehouse 13 in Providence this past Friday on August 26th.
The EP’s release party at Firehouse 13 also featured the worldwide screening of The Rice Cakes’ brand new music video for “Magma”, one of the band’s songs from Monster Man. Directed by RIC grad Adam DePalma and Roz’s significant other Paul Medieros, the music video is flawless and impeccable but I won’t spoil it for you so check it out on Vimeo or Youtube. Recorded, mixed and produced in a homemade studio built by Foster in Central Falls, Monster Man is the musical epitome of the Do – It – Yourself mindset that has taken over the way things are created in Rhode Island’s burgeoning music and art scene. Monster Man is a completely self-released, self-produced, self-made record that shows the hard work and dedication The Rice Cakes put into everything they do. It makes their music extremely genuine, which is a quality that you hardly see in music these days. Even the artwork of the EP is self-drawn by each member of the band, who in music even does that anymore?
When it comes down to it, The Rice Cakes are quite possibly the hardest working in the band in Rhode Island, New England, and maybe even beyond. Monster Man is surely a treasure to behold with songs such as “Hate”, “Gore”, “Everyone”, “With A Monster Man” and “Magma”, each being experimental and awesome in their own way. The Rice Cakes are embarking on a 18 date tour of the east coast starting at TT The Bear’s in Boston on September 1st and ending at The Starving Artist in Keene, New Hampshire on September 22nd, but be sure that they’ll be playing another amazing show in Rhode Island some time in the near future. If you wanna listen to a band thats going to blow your mind with that first drumbeat, riff and bass line, hit up The Rice Cakes’ website and download a copy of Monster Man, the new EP from The Rice Cakes, it’s definitely a purchase you don’t want to pass up.