Radiator King “Hammer & Nails” – I’d rather be a hammer than a nail, yes I would

Photo: Michelle Shiers

Looking at that band photo (left to right we have Alexander Burke, Adam Silvestri, Brian Viglione) we can’t help but think of one our favourite lines from ‘Almost Famous‘: an impassioned Russell asks the world “is it that hard to make us look cool?”  Well, we’ve never had that much truck with being cool ourselves – us, well we’re all about the music and Radiator King deliver a Tom Waitsian portion of Americana on their new song ‘Hammer & Nails‘.  And that’s not so surprising as Brian Viglione was the drummer in Dresden Dolls, and if you’re wondering about those funky keyboards well Alexander Burke played with Sharon Jones, so that makes sense.  It’s a sound that’s a new direction for Radiator King which for most of a decade was Adam Silvestri, and a rotating cast of band members.  The reborn power-trio: guitar, keys and drums are now a steady band line-up and are looking into the, probably quite dark, future.

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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?
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