After feverishly collecting their limited singles and past EPs, a most recent album, the beautiful and minimalist "Clinging to a Scheme", and waiting patiently for a tour--Swedish new wave popsters Radio Dept. are finally coming to the US. And now we have it--two lonely dates in the middle of Winter. The timing for this group's first NYC dates couldn't fit the scape of their music better. November 30th at The Knitting Factory and December 1 at Bowery Ballroom will see two VERY exclusive dates for the band who are self-confessed 'shy' spirits on stage.
We have seen past output and touring from the label Labrador's other groups--bands such as The Mary Onettes, Club 8, The Legends and of course, The Acid House Kings. Although The Radio Dept. have never toured the US, they have had past opportunities including appearing on the soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, but have mostly had to say no due to monetary constraints. The group will also be releasing an EP this November 9th, titled "Never Follow Suit".
""Never Follow Suit" has, at least at a first glance, more in common with King Tubby and Augustus Pablo than Pet Shop Boys and My Bloody Valentine. Foggy pop melodies find their way through multi-layered soundscapes of panoramic delays, hypnotic bass lines, echo-ing analogue synthesizers and skanky guitar loops."
November 9 on Labrador/Caroline
Available on wax
We're happy to offer two tracks, one from the EP and another from Radio Dept.'s album "Clinging to a Scheme". Make sure you get your tickets quickly; no doubt these two dates will be sell outs as fans have been waiting for such a long time to see the group live in any capacity. Openers on both dates will be CMJ faves Braids, and up and coming duo from NY, the High Highs.
"Teasing fans further, The Radio Dept will be releasing a 2-CD collection titled "Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010" in early 2011. While they wait, tastemakers around the world who have made the trio an international phenomenon will content themselves with swooning in the intimate crowd. The only question remains, is - will you?"