VENUE AND EVENT INFO
Show Info: The Radio Dept.
Support: Psychic Twin, Surf Rock Is Dead
GA standing room. All ages.
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The Radio Dept.
The Radio Dept. is a pop group originating from Malmö, Sweden.
In the fall of 2001 Johan Duncanson and Martin Larsson (now Carlberg) decided to pull some people together and start a band. Johan had just recorded a bunch of songs that impressed Martin and having made sporadic home recordings together every once in a while since the winter of 1998/1999 they now wanted to make it more serious and to be able to rehearse and perform live. Out of sheer laziness the group's name was taken from a band that Johan had been a member of that wasn't active anymore.
In the spring of 2002 The Radio Dept. got a great review in the Swedish music magazine Sonic that made the Stockholm based label Labrador get in touch with the band. After a few EPs, two self released ('Against the Tide' and 'Annie Laurie') on the band's own label Slottet and one ('Where Damage Isn't Already Done') by Labrador, the band's debut album 'Lesser Matters' was released in January 2003 to much critical acclaim. It was subsequently re-released in 2004 by XL Recordings/Beggars and started to reach audiences internationally. The three singles XL put out from the album all made the prestigious Single of the Week page in NME and 'Lesser Matters' was later featured on the same magazine's "Album of the decade" list.
The group enjoyed a slightly more widespread recognition after three tracks ("Pulling Our Weight," "I Don't Like It Like This" and "Keen on Boys") were included on the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's film "Marie Antoinette."
By early 2006, the band's second album 'Pet Grief' was released, and some touring followed. Although it never quite received as much appraise in the music press as its successor, the album gained much popularity throughout the world from an ever-growing fan base online.
The Radio Dept. has always been a very politically charged band and several singles and EPs with sharp political commentary have emerged throughout the years. "Freddie and the Trojan Horse" came out in 2008 and was aimed at the Swedish prime minister at the time, Fredrik Reinfeldt, and his right wing party Moderaterna, for posing as a workers party in order to trick workers into voting for them. Another stab at the right wing government came just days before the Swedish election in 2010 with the single "The New Improved Hypocrisy." The same year the band released its third album, "Clinging to a Scheme" which contained the singles "David," "Heaven's on Fire" and "Never Follow Suit" and was followed by a lot of international touring. To bridge the gap between albums Labrador decided to release a compilation album in 2011. It was named 'Passive Aggressive' and contained all the single A-sides to date and a selection of B-sides and rarities.
During the process of writing and recording their fourth and final album under their deal with Labrador, the band got caught up in a lengthy legal battle against their label and publisher, which in distress ultimately made the band scrap the album they were working on, only to restart later on a blank page with new ideas. After a few one off singles, "Death to Fascism" in 2014 and "This Repeated Sodomy" in 2015, it was announced in July that the band will release their fourth album 'Running Out of Love' on October 21st 2016.
In dreams, we rarely know what we are running from or toward. We only know we must keep running, continue searching. Psychic Twin’s debut album, Strange Diary, lives in that state of surreal urgency. What’s in front of us or behind us can’t be described, but we are sure in our bones that what we are searching for exists just a few steps away. These songs are “dreamlike” in a more fundamental sense than that overused descriptor implies. They reflect the emotionally arduous and unpredictable journey that singer, songwriter, and composer Erin Fein took to creating them. The making of Strange Diary spans four years and two states. Fein began writing and composing solo material in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. amid the dissolution of her marriage. Following the divorce, she relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. and continued to write and recorddespite lineup changes and the lonely disorientation that comes from shedding an old life and starting over. Recorded with producer Jacob Portrait (STRFKR, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), the album contains songs written before, during, and after the divorce, from both New York and Illinois. The subject of each song is an unnamed “you,” who she alternately pleads with and flees from. “These songs are 100% a diary of my life over the last four years,” says Fein. Today, Psychic Twin’s evolution includes drummer Rosana Caban and Fein’s absorption of several sources of inspiration. While rooted in the avant pop of The Cocteau Twins, Siousxie, and Annie Lennox, contemporary production flourishes lend each song the clarity and buoyancy of contemporary pop. The music balances languid, dark melodies and atmosphere with propulsive rhythms and soaring vocal lines. It’s beautiful and catchy. It’s like the sound of someone reaching the end of that dream, finding what they’ve been searching for through all the haze.