Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Video For “Hungry Ghost” Is A Glowing Ode To DIY Spaces

“As artists and freethinkers we must care for each other and hold these safe spaces close to us.”

In, 2007 Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Segarra was singing simple folk songs, hopping freight trains, and performing with the likes of Bonnie "Prince" Billie, Sharon Van Etten, and Dark Dark Dark. This March 10 on ATO Records, Segarra will release her new record, The Navigator, which tells the semi-autobiographical story of a kid named Navita who's finding herself while navigating gentrification. In both concept and production, it's a far cry from her most recent album, 2014's old-timey Small Town Heroes. "Hungry Ghost" is flush with sweeping guitar lines that are both ominous and invigorating; "I've been a lonely girl/ But I'm ready for the world," sings Segarra. It's more than a rock song — it's an anthem. The video, premiering today, was directed by Sarrah Danziger and filmed in New Orleans, where Segarra has musical roots. It’s an ode to the Ghost Ship tragedy and of safe DIY spaces, which we need now more than ever.

"'Hungry Ghost' captures the beauty of safe and queer DIY venues and parties," Segarra told The FADER via email. "These sanctuaries will only become more important in these grave and uncertain times. Queerness is the future of our country and we, the future generation, are aiming for the freedom of gender fluidity and intersectional justice for all people. As artists and freethinkers we must care for each other and hold these safe spaces close to us. With those we lost in Oakland and Orlando in our hearts, this video is a love letter to all the queer people who are putting on intentional events that promote nights of safety, unity and freedom. Keep up the good work."

Hurray For The Riff Raff Tour Dates

January 18 - London UK - Sebright Arms
January 19 - Newcastle UK - Cluny 2
January 20 - Glasgow UK - Celtic Connections at Drygate
January 21- Bristol UK - The Lantern
January 24 - Amsterdam ML - Paradiso, Upstairs
March 15-17 Austin, TX SXSW
March 20 - Leeds – Brudenell
March 21 - Manchester UK – Deaf Institute
March 22 - London UK – The Dome
March 23 - Winchester UK – The Railway Inn
March 25 - Brighton UK – Sticky Mikes
March 27 – Paris, FR – Les Femmes S’En Melent Festival
March 28 – Brussels BE – Rotonde
March 29 – Hamburg DE – Hakken
March 30 – Berlin DE – Gruener Salon
March 31 – Munich DE – Milla
April 2 – Munster DE – American Series – Pumpenhaus
April 3 – Rotterdam NL – Rotown
April 4 – Utrecht NL – EKKO
April 5 – Groningen NL –Vera
April 15 – Middlebury, VT –Middlebury College*
April 16 - Northampton, MA - Academy of Music*
April 18 - Cambridge, MA – Sinclair*
April 19 - Cambridge, MA – Sinclair*
April 20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
April 21 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café (downstairs)*
April 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*
April 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater*
April 25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom*
April 27 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag*
April 28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall*
April 29 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon*
April 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café*
May 2 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House*
May 3 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge*
May 4 – Birmingham, AL – The Saturn*
May 5 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre*
June 2 - Dallas, TX - Trees
June 4 - Austin, TX – Mohawk
June 6 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
June 7 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
June 9 - Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom
June 10 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theater
June 11 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
June 13 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
June 15 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial
June 16 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
June 18 - Boise, ID - The Olympic
June 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
June 21 - Denver, CO - The Bluebird Theater
*All US dates w/Ron Gallo

Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Video For “Hungry Ghost” Is A Glowing Ode To DIY Spaces