Published on January 4th, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
NYC Based Alt Rockers Shock Radar Drop Latest Single “There’s No Peace Here”
2018 was quite a big year for NY based rockers Shock Radar. After taking time off, the band released two albums (“Innovations” and “Roads Songs from the New Dust Bowl“) and played a handful of shows featuring new material. Now, as they kick off 2019 – the band will release their newest- “Tritone Metaphors in Mental Health” — a return to form and return to the rock and roll of their earlier recordings. They have been holding private listening parties for its first single- “There’s No Peace Here” throughout December.
“There’s No Peace Here” is a stripped down rocker with a lyrical take on the highs and lows of life in New York City with a shout out to Anthony Bourdain who passed in 2018. It was recorded at Mozart Street Studio by Ryan Howe. There are no distorted guitars, big drum fills or psychedelic synthesizers. This is the band in its original form with Diamond’s voice and lyrics at the forefront.
“I got so into the mindset of experimentation and the art of instrumental music that I feel I left my literary poetic side behind last year. I was stuck in a soundtrack composer setting. I began revisiting old Lou Reed records, Dylan, Neil Young.. and missed the lyrical part of my songwriting. For this new album, I removed all the wild guitar licks and synth overdubs, just took a step back and wrote songs on an acoustic guitar again. I’ve been test driving them at local acoustic showcases and that feeling of connecting to the audience lyrically came back to me. It’s rewarding in a whole different way from the music I’d been making previously.” says Diamond on the band’s new record. On connecting with his fans he says “People would come up and sing my lyrics back to me. It’s interesting what connects and what is relevant to people today through words in a song. Last year, I wrote mostly electronic based music, and people would tell me they love the ‘rock n roll’ Shock Radar. I had to wonder if I had it in me, able to write that kind of music again. And, as easy as it all came together, I can.”
The eccentric styling of Shock Radar’s ‘Post-Rock’ songs are fresh and unique. Born and raised in New York where he worked at several record stores until attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music on scholarship, and further studying art and journalism at New School University, Lee J Diamond has climbed his way to the top, simply doing what he does best- mixing and playing all styles from around the world.
Shock Radar currently features Richard Drouin on Drums and Rob Cina on Bass. They are regarded as one of the most intense and energetic live acts of the New York music scene.
Now, as they get ready to drop their latest- “Tritone Metaphors in Mental Health” – fans can get a taste of what’s to come with “There’s No Peace Here” OUT NOW!
Get “There’s No Peace Here” via iTunes HERE: https://apple.co/2QepMP8
Listen via Spotify HERE: https://spoti.fi/2Tf91VU
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