Radiation City's recent record release party at Doug Fir was one of the better local rock shows I've seen in a long time. The quartet plays with plenty of loose passion while keeping both the delicate and complex aspects of its songwriting wholly intact. They seem to me to be a band destined for some very big things. I'm not always right about these things, but my track record isn't horrible, either.
Here's something for the plus column: It looks like Radiation City brings the same energy on tour (even for an in-studio performance
) that they have while home in Portland. "Park" may be my favorite song from The Hands That Take You
, Radiation City's excellent debut (out now on Tender Loving Empire)—but then it seems like every song on that album hits me in a new way each time I hear it.
"There's a street called 'Couch' that's pronounced cooch and spelled couch," the band explains in the mini-interview at the end of the video. Reppin' hard!
For more Rad City, check the band's recent Daytrotter session