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The Rapture

Background information
Origin La Mesa, California, United States
Genres Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Art punk[1]
Years active 1998–present
Labels Gravity Records
Sub Pop
Universal Records
Website Official website
Luke Jenner (vocals and guitar)
Vito Roccoforte (drums and percussion)
Gabriel Andruzzi (keyboards, saxophone, percussion and vocals)
Harris Klahr (bass and vocals)
Former members
Brooks Bonstin (bass guitar and vocals)
Christopher Relyea (keyboards and vocals)
Matt Safer (bass guitar and vocals)

The Rapture is a dance-punk 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.



The Rapture formed in 1998 by keyboardist Chris Relyea, drummer Vito Roccoforte and guitarist/vocalist Luke Jenner. In 1999 the band released its debut 'mini-album', Mirror. Following this release, the band relocated to New York. They were finally joined by Matt Safer having gone through five keyboard players and two bassists in an eighteen-month period. After touring extensively for two years, the band released the six-song EP Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks on the Sub Pop label, with the lead track featuring in the film adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel The Rules Of Attraction. The Rapture were forerunners of the post-punk revival of the early 2000s, as they mixed their early post-punk sound with electronic and dance elements via their collaboration with the celebrated New York production team DFA. Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi joined the band in 2002. Their first full-length record, Echoes, was released to critical acclaim in 2003, including album of the year by

In January 2004, the Rapture acted as main support to Funeral for a Friend on the NME Awards Tour, alongside other burgeoning acts Franz Ferdinand and The Von Bondies. Later that year, the band toured on the main stage of the Curiosa Festival alongside Interpol, Scarling., Mogwai, Cursive, Thursday, The Cooper Temple Clause, Head Automatica, and their own idols, The Cure.

Also in 2004, the band released a DVD, Is Live, and Well, in New York City through DFA Records/Mercury Records.

The Rapture released their second full-length album, Pieces of the People We Love, on Universal Motown Records in September 2006. Paul Epworth, Ewan Pearson and Danger Mouse produced the album.

The Rapture supported The Killers on the London leg of their tour at the Carling Academy Brixton from 26 November to 28 November 2006 and Daft Punk on the North American leg of their tour in 2007.

"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.[2] The song was also featured on the third season premiere of Gossip Girl. The song "Echoes" plays in a scene of the film Superbad. The song "The Devil" plays in a scene during the episode "Rocket Club" in the television series Aliens in America.

In an interview with Dave Owen of Access All Areas and I Can't Breathe Media, [1]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."

Their song, "Whoo! Alright, Yeah…Uh Huh" is the official anthem for Red Bull New York of Major League Soccer.[3] The same song is used on the EA sports game Madden 2007, under the name "W.A.Y.U.H"

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. In the days following Matt's departure Dave Owen[2] caught up with Luke Jenner who said that the split was amicable. Harris Klahr has currently taken up bassist duties.

Their song 'Echoes' is used for the opening theme of British drama Misfits.



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Compilation albums

  • Tapes (2008) !K7

Mixtape with songs chosen by the band

Singles and EPs

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 UK Singles Chart[4 ] Album
1998 "The Chair That Squeaks" - - -
1999 Mirror (Mini-LP) - - -
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) - - -
2003 "House of Jealous Lovers" (Re-release) - 27 Echoes
2004 "Love Is All" - 38
2004 "Sister Saviour" - 51
2006 "Get Myself Into It" - 36 Pieces of the People We Love
2006 "Whoo! Alright — Yeah... Uh Huh" - 65
2007 "Pieces of the People We Love" - -
2007 Live from SoHo - - -
2007 "The Sound" - - Need for Speed: ProStreet soundtrack
2008 "No Sex for Ben" - - The Music of Grand Theft Auto IV


  1. ^ Tom Semioi. "Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-11.  
  2. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2008". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2008). Retrieved 2008-12-25
  3. ^ adidas MLS Soccer
  4. ^ 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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