L.A.’s own Radar Bros tonight. Together, heading in the direction of 24 years, Radar Bros have been one of the cornerstones of the L.A. Indie scene. In this session, done for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 and recorded on Dec. 10, 1996, the band makes a good case for themselves, and it’s no wonder Peel was a fan of the band.
They’ve gone through musical direction and personnel changes over the years. This session catches them relatively early-on, between the release of their debut ep in 1995 and their debut album in 1997 during their most laid-back and melodic, and one of the big reasons they have been so well regarded in the L.A. indie scene by audiences and critics for their purely L.A. take on Shoegaze. With six albums to their credit, as well as eight eps and singles and a slew of compilation albums, they’ve got a legacy of noteworthy work to dig through.
They’ve done a considerable amount of touring over the years, supporting Modest Mouse and Teenage Fanclub on their 2010 U.S. tours. They also supported The Breeders on their 2002 European tour and have played with bands such as Low, Cat Power, The Decemberists, Bardo Pond, The Black Heart Procession, and My Morning Jacket. In addition, they done a number of tours where they’ve headlined.
Still together, though apparently not active (their latest album was released in 2014), or just laying low or in the studio – it’s not quite clear what they are up to at the moment.
But one things for sure – this session gives you an excellent opportunity to discover a band you may not be familiar with, and hopefully it will prompt you to check out their catalog and listen to what else you’ve been missing.