Earlier this month we received the news that John Pike, drummer for Ra Ra Riot, passed away. With a tragedy of this magnitude, many bands would have no choice but to throw in the towel. The group posted some thoughts on Ra Ra Riot's future on their official site, where they said:
"We have felt lost since the death of our friend and band mate, John. There will always be unanswered questions, so we can only surrender to life and move forward without fully understanding. In our distress we feel lucky for having been so close to him, and we're thankful for the guidance that memories of him will give us. All of us in the band are enthusiastic and determined to live out the plans we laid together with John. The band added they would miss the drummer, but have decided to continue as a band. As we continue, the pain of missing a dear friend will remind us how much we loved him. Coinciding with the wishes of John's family, we have decided to continue onward. We are thankful for the continuous support from friends, family and the music community during this difficult time. We find comfort in this solidarity, and hope that it gives us strength."
Ra Ra Riot's self-titled EP will be available on July 10.