Live in-Studio: Radiation City

Interview and Performance

Friday, July 19, 2013

When we talk about a '60s influence on a band, usually we’re thinking of something a little psychedelic with heavy guitar effects, or a rough-edges garage sensibility. Radiation City finds its '60s influence farther back, in the girl-group harmonies and lush production of early-'60s pop hits, and the bossa nova recordings of Astrud Gilberto. The band’s dreamy sound echoes Phil Spector, but also the sprawling sonic landscapes of their modern contemporaries Grizzly Bear. That intersection of myriad influences is realized on Animals in The Median, the band’s second record. Live in our studio, the band plays “Foreign Bodies” and “L.A. Beach.”

The band won’t explain their name, but they are something of an unstable element, containing two romantic couples and one odd man out. “We like danger,” guitarist Cameron Spies jokes with Kurt Andersen. “We like to think that if something catastrophic does happen, we’ll be able to carry on. Put the band first.” Spies is involved with vocalist Lizzy Ellison, while drummer Randy Bemrose dates multi-instrumentalist Patti King. That leaves bassist Matt Rafferty alone to “play the rock star,” Kurt notes. “There’s nothing ‘playing’ about it, Kurt,” Rafferty says.


Bonus Track: "Lark" live in Studio 360


Video: "Foreign Bodies" live in Studio 360

    Music Playlist
  1. Zombies
    Artist: Radiation City
    Album: Animals in the Median
    Label: Tender Loving Empire
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. Foreign Bodies
    Artist: Radiation City
    Album: Live in Studio 360
  3. LA Beach
    Artist: Radiation City
    Album: Live in Studio 360

Produced by:

Sean Rameswaram and Mark Sheely

Comments [4]

Bethany from NYC

Love this! Thanks for having them on the show/introducing me to this band.

Jul. 23 2013 11:44 AM
John Metcalf from Michigan

I think I hear some hints of Beach Boys in there...I like it.

Jul. 21 2013 08:41 PM
Jenny from Studio 360

Thanks for the catch, Patrick! I've fixed that error above.

Jul. 20 2013 08:38 PM
Patrick Girouard from NW Indiana

Great band, beautiful album, but the drummer is Randy Bemrose, not Pete!

Jul. 19 2013 08:07 PM

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