Ra Ra Riot formed in 2006, playing at houses and venues around the Syracuse University campus. The band started to attract attention for their energetic live shows, enough to gain an appearance at the CMJ Music Marathon, less than six months after their formation. Following this appearance, their live show received the first of several favorable reviews from SPIN.com, who called them "one of the best young bands we've heard in a really long time".
They went on to open for Art Brut and Bow Wow Wow in New York City, toured the UK twice on their own, then returned, opening for Editors; they also toured North America supporting Tokyo Police Club. Their first solo headlining tour of the U.S. was completed in 2007, and in early 2008 they embarked on a second.
The band was also invited to play the Iceland Airwaves Festival, in Reykjavik, Iceland. They have recorded three sessions on the national online radio station WOXY and two for the acclaimed Daytrotter sessions at Futureappletree