Long before she was known as RYKKA, the Vancouver-born singer-guitarist was a staple in clubs and cafés around the world, where she performed acoustic sets and honed a quirky folk sound.
But as she began to write her latest set of songs, her music took on a new form. The electric guitars became jagged and distorted, the synthesizers danceable, the vocals simultaneously tuneful and hollering. Bursting with hard-hitting rock arrangements and hook-laden pop melodies (interspersed with the occasional down-tempo number), this is music that carries a slap-you-across-the-face immediacy.
With an album complete and various video projects underway, there's no mistaking this as the same artist who once recorded under her given name of Christina Maria. Now that she's discovered the hedonistic thrill of dance floor-friendly rock, she'll never go back.
Join us in the Drake Underground as Rykka celebrates the release of Kodiak, with opener KELLY MCMICHAEL AND THE GLOSS.
Advance tickets are available online now.