Written By: Lee Allcock
It must be an exciting time for North East new wave/indie pop band, The Radio Set.
The band were only formed around six months ago but have already impressed quite a few people and have created quite a buzz.
Simon Raymonde (Bella Union boss and former Cocteau Twin) was so impressed with their rough demo that he invited them to record at his studio in London with in-house producer, Iggy B. The result is a 5-song mini album that’s already receiving airplay on local radio and receiving excellent reviews.
Nick Roberts (BBC Introducing) has also championed the band by playing their songs regularly on his Saturday show. There’s also the not too shabby number of online fans who have played debut single ‘Envy’ over 2,700 times on YouTube.
The Radio Set released their Bella Union recorded debut, imaginatively titled ‘EP #1’, last month at a packed launch gig in Newcastle. The EP kicks off with ambient instrumental opener ‘When We Heard The Silence It Was Deafening’ - a track inspired by the majestic landscape and atmosphere of Iceland. Other standout tracks are the relentless indie grooves of ‘You Broke My Heart When You Kissed Her’ and the Donna Summer/Kim Wilde beats of ‘Can’t Give You Up’. It’s a positive statement of intent for a band that obviously have a very bright future.
Their influences are wide and varied, but they have been described as like Debbie Harry fronting classic New Order mixed with Future Islands to create a unique and beguiling sound.
You can check them out at the Surf Cafe, Tynemouth on Sunday 25th June and the gig is free.
Photography by DKphotographyNE.
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