Raised in New Jersey and rising in New York City, RANA is a rock band of its own design. Independently, the band has built its own audience, bridging gaps between several different music scenes & styles. The four band members, Matt Durant (Keyboards & Vocals), Andrew Southern (Bass & Vocals), Scott Metzger (Guitar & Vocals), and Ryan Thornton (Drums) grew up together, playing in bands with each other as far back as middle school. The RANA philosophy dictates that every idea is worth trying once in front of an audience. This single principal has kept the band as interested in the songs as the audience and proved to be a source of nearly unlimited creativity. RANA figures they have over 100 songs they could play at any given concert.
As the band began taking its shape in 1997, opening for acts as diverse as Ween, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cake, Avril Lavigne & Camper Van Beethoven, it took its own direction from the breadth of its influences. There is as much Talking Heads as Velvet Underground in RANA's sound, as much Bruce Springsteen as Neil Young, and as much of The Band as The Clash. The first two albums, Here in the USA (2002) and What It Is (2005) were released by the band's own label (Bonesaw Records, Inc.) and were supported by three national tours and constant touring of the Northeast. While the schedule has cooled off, RANA still plays live concerts occasionally, so keep an eye on this site for more info on upcoming events.