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In less than two years Radio Fallout went from being a brand new alternative rock act in the vein of Weezer, the Toadies and Nirvana to headlining festivals, signing publishing deals, touring the Midwest, and playing the premier venues in the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas.
In the wake of the worldwide economic collapse at the end of 2008 Caleb Scates decided to quit his job in Cincinnati Ohio and drive across country in a car leaking brake fluid and coolant to form an alternative rock band in Austin, Texas. Weeks after the move Scates met Jonathan Palmer and Dan Walker who migrated to Austin to pursue music 2003. The trio rehearsed vigorously through the beginning of 2009 and played their first show at the end of April. The cooler fall months saw the group set out to record their first collection of songs at Wonderland Studios in south Austin. The Mondegreen EP was released in March of 2010 and produced by Tim ‘Tank’ Casterline and Radio Fallout.
Immediately following the release of the EP Radio Fallout set out on a 7 date tour of the midwest that included Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago. The warm reception of the Mondegreen EP lead to a publishing deal with Los Angeles based K&W Publishing as well as signing a booking deal with the Bandwidth Agency. They continued to play shows through the summer and fall that included a headlining show at Stubb’s and Toys for Tots charity drive in Houston, TX. In the winter of 2010 the trio released a collection of acoustic songs recorded in Scates’ Apartment in Austin. The ETC…EP was released online and is available for free download from the bands website.
Radio Fallout managed to squeeze in 4 shows in Austin during SXSW 2011 before taking a break from touring to focus on their first full length album. They began tracking in May of 2011 at 5th Street Studios. In August Radio Fallout took a break from recording to Headline Simmerfest II Summer Music Festival in Tahlequah Oklahoma. In October they were invited to perform a showcase sponsored by the national organization RAW Natural Born Artists, and a charity show to benefit the Kyle no kill animal center at Texas State in San Marcos.
Radio Fallout wrapped up their studio work just in time for SXSW 2012 which they played 2 shows. Their debut album “Vox e Tenebris” is scheduled for release in September and the power trio plans on touring extensively to promote the record.
The band’s influences mix the dynamics of the Pixies, the polished production reminiscent of Nevermind and the ever-present, almost acoustic vibe borrowed from indie rock. But this concentrated alt-rock which also has an unwitting gift for power pop, results in something quite distinctive. Although the band wears its influences on its sleeve, Radio Fallout pulls it together in a strikingly original fashion, thanks to their urgent melodicism, a fondness for heavy, heavy guitars and sharp sense of harmony, all driven home at a maximum volume.
Plus, the band write killer hooks and prove that they can rock real hard – just listen to the tracks “Hour Of Darkness” or “Reeducation” for confirmation – resulting in them winding up with direct, immediate music that connects on more than one level. It’s both clever and vulnerable, but those sensibilities are hidden beneath the loud guitars and catchy hooks.
From the pounding, primal assault of the opening track, “I Want To be Alright,” the album is filled with sonic highlights. The songs move between the sunny, guitar pop of “Wishing Well” and “Heir” to the darker, moving sounds of “Lux e Tenebris” and “Falling In.”
In short, the album “Lux e Tenebris,” – Recorded at 5th Street Studios in Austin TX. Engineered, mixed by Evan Kleinecke. Co produced by Evan Kleinecke and Radio Fallout – is full of crunching alt-rock with a surprisingly strong emotional undercurrent that becomes all the more resonant with each play. The guitars rage and shriek, the beats are fierce and instinctive, while the vocals are mixed to the front, filled with occasionally overlapping, backing harmonies.
At the end of the day, few people will doubt Radio Fallout’s playing power, and whether you’re hearing them for the first time or just for the first time in months, their brand new upcoming album, “Lux e Tenebris,” will almost certainly become as visceral a listen as ever.
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