Is an indie rock and dance-punk band based in New York City, it was formed in 1998 by Luke Jenner and Vito Roccoforte. The Rapture is one of the flagship bands of the post-punk revival that swept through the indie underground during the early 2000s. The band’s current members include drummer/percussion artist Vito Roccoforte, keyboard/saxophone/bass/percussion artist Gabriel Andruzzi and lead vocalist/guitarist Luke Jenner. The band mixes influences from many genres including acid house, post punk, electronic, rock and disco.
In 1999, the band released its debut mini-album, Mirror, on Gravity Records. Soon after the release, the band moved to New York City. Matt Safer officially joined the band before the 2001 release of the six-song EP Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks under the Sub Pop label. The lead track was featured in the film adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel “The Rules Of Attraction.”
Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Andruzzi joined the band in 2002. And in 2003, the first full length record , “Echoes “, was released to critical acclaim. The collaboration with the celebrated New York production team DFA resulted to the DVD released of, “Is Live, and Well, in the New York City” in 2004. In September, 2006 The Rapture released their second full length album entitled “Pieces of the People We Love” thru Universal Motown Records. Heir song, “Whoo! Alright, Yeah . . . Uh Huh” rise in popularity when it became a national anthem forRed Bull New York of Major League Soccer.
2007 is a busy year for The Rapture. They tour with Daft Punk on the North American leg of their tour, playing such venues as The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and Red Rock in Colorado. In 2008, Luke Jenner left the band for family reasons and after a few months he returned to the band. On July 14, 2009, they announced thru The Rapture’s official website that bass artist Mattie Safer decided to leave the band. In August, 2011, The Rapture had a first cover appearance of the publication’s 75th issue, The Fader. On September 6, 2011, The Rapture released In the Grace of Your Love under DFA Records and most of the band’s albums and songs were used in TV series, movies, video games and major league soccer.