‘The Umbrella Academy’: Does Ritu Arya Actually Play the Drums?

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 3 of The Umbrella Academy.

The third season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy is finally here, ushering in yet another disastrous, apocalyptic scenario for the Hargreeves siblings to begrudgingly contend with.

Based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy follows the story of the Hargreeves children and their supernatural abilities. On October 1, 1989, 43 babies were inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy prior. Seven of those children were adopted by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves, and he raised them to become a superhero team called the Umbrella Academy.

The seventh episode of season 3, “Auf Wiedersehen,” shows a flashback of Ritu Arya’s Lila Pitts in West Berlin, Germany in 1989, following the death of her adoptive mother, the Handler, at the end of season 2. Joining in on the destruction of the Berlin Wall, Lila grabs a sledgehammer and digs out a Commission briefcase, an escape plan left behind by her mother. However, rather than traveling through time again, Lila meets a girl and starts playing drums in her band instead as she tries to forget Diego and the trauma she’s endured. We then learn that Stanley is not her and Diego’s son, but rather the child of the lead singer of her band.

While this storyline felt fitting for Lila, it was even more appropriate for Arya, who’s a musician in real life! Arya currently plays the drums in the dreamy, three-piece indie alt-pop band KIN.

KIN currently has a handful of songs available to stream — their latest single, “Cosmos,” was released back in February. Watch the music video for it here. Fans in the United Kingdom can look forward to catching KIN at several of their upcoming shows this year.

To stay up to date on all the latest news from KIN, sign up for their mailing list, and in the meantime, grab a shirt from their store!

The Umbrella Academy season 3 is now streaming on Netflix. Follow along with all of our coverage on the show, including episodic recaps and more.

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