Sunday, February 18, 2007

Introducing Radio Moscow

I was raised on classic rock. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC. Those were the artists that I first became familiar with as I was a youth, and they are some the ones from that era of the 60's and 70's that I still hold in high esteem today. Naturally, I get enthused when I hear something new that is greatly influenced by that generation. Enter, Radio Moscow.

Radio Moscow is a psychedelic blues rock trio from Ames, Iowa which was the brainchild of guitarist/drummer/singer/songwriter Parker Griggs. On the self-titled debut album Griggs plays all the instruments except for bass and the slide guitar on "Deep Blue Sea," which is played by Black Keys guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach. In addition to that, Auerbach also lent his production and engineering skills to the project. As the story goes, Auerbach was given a demo by Parker Griggs after a Black Keys gig in Colorado, and he liked it so much that he offered to produce their debut album in his own studio, The Pie Co, in Akron OH. Griggs originally cut his teeth playing garage punk, but his sound, although heavily influenced by sixties garage music, is also channeled through the blues, with experimental breakdowns, unpredictable tempo changes, crazy rave-ups and fuzzed out psychedelic guitar work; the result is an exciting and truly distinctive sound.

Radio Moscow - introduction

Radio Moscow - Frustrating Sound

Radio Moscow is out on February 7th via Alive Records. The band will be touring all 2007 following the album's release, including the confirmed dates listed below:

Fri Feb 23: Hyland House, Ames IA
Mon Feb 26: Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines IA
Tue Feb 27: M-Shop, Ames IA
Thu Mar 1: The Aquarium, Fargo ND
Fri Mar 2: Bev's Juke Joint, Superior WI
Sun Mar 4: Big V's, St Paul MN
Tue Mar 6: Saddle Creek Bar,Omaha NE
Wed Mar 7: Duffy's Tavern, Lincoln NE
Thu Mar 8: The Outland, Springfield MO
Fri Mar 9: Replay Lounge, Lawrence KS
Tue Mar 13: King Club,Madison WI
Wed Mar 14: Redstone Room, Davenport IA
Thu Mar 15: Lager House, Detroit MI
Fri Mar 16: Nite Owl, Dayton OH
Mon Mar 19: Zephyr Bar, Kent OH
Fri Apr 20: New World Brewery, Tampa FL
*More dates coming for April

Get more Radio Moscow: At MySpace, and at Alive Records.


Autopsy IV said...

good call on these guys. i did not know they were coming to tampa.

Mr. Curiosity said...

Right on. I'm lobbying for an Austin stop on the tour, this record sounds great.