Roz and the Rice Cakes is one of the major up-and-coming bands in the Rhode Island music scene of the past decade. Their plaudits include voted BEST LOCAL BAND by the Providence Phoenix Best of 2010 Reader’s Poll, they were winners of the 2012 WBRU Rock Hunt, winners of Best Female Vocalist by Motif Magazine 2012, and were nominated for Providence Phoenix 2012 Best Local Act and Best Female Vocalist.
Composed of keyboardist and vocalist Roz Raskin, bassist Justin Foster, and drummer Casey Belisle, they have a sound that is reminiscent in some ways of the early days of No Doubt, specifically the period when Eric Stefani was still in the band and his younger sister was not the absolute center of attention. But it also has elements not unlike some of the more fluid periods of Dave Matthews Band, a much smoother sound. They write as an artistic statement:
We come together to bring forth new, genre-blasting, rhythmically charged melodies, sounding somewhat like the apocalypse…but having the most fun anyone could ever have doing it. We are constantly manifesting new ideas not only musically, but thinking of ways to engage our awesome listeners.
Raskin recently was nice enough to answer some questions for me regarding their recent national tour. We talked about the open road, events in the news cycle, and plans for the summer.