|DEADBEAT RADICALS - updated 20th DECEMBER 2003|
edge digital-DIY pop culture with a strikingly sexy urban chic punk rock
"DBR are a bunch of electro bubblegum kidbots who have cartoon characters for personalities. Cool...." NME
are a guitar flavoured eyeriot of a band who use deliciously positive biting
samples and bubbling frothing synths to make their pop-powered point. “Attitude
pop that rocks” is what they rightly claim it to be. Female fronted, with
a second glamorous girly sampler playing backing singer and three guitar/bass/drum
abusing spiky boys driving things, here’s some of the facts…….
Newcastle’s Deadbeat Radicals were formed in a bedroom somewhere back at the start of 2001. Tim and Sharon made a decision to build their new musical vision around the inviting concept of that ever-evolving inspiring D.I.Y digital-underground sound and the creative outlet a totally self-controlled rather fractured (real) punk rock midi-studio scenario. With their future in the hands (of often quite flaky) technology, Sharon and Tim proceeded (after a very drunken New Year 2001 resolution), to sketch out their first album…..
The influences back at the start ranged from “Beastie Boy style hip-hop to Bloodhound Gang humoured pop, to the guitar mentality of the Fun Lovin Criminals, to the cut'n’paste of BRA or ATR and the groove of Fat Boy Slim…." Somewhere along the way Tim and Sharon swapped the solitary confinement of studio-cellmate-scenario and hooked up with “two cool and talented dudes”, one called Ed and the other named Mark followed by a second keyboard playing (backing) vocalist called Ley. And so the seeds of a proper punka-beats-boppy-pop band were geminated and Deadbeat Radicals left the bedroom and hit the road..............
Deadbeat Radicals certainly have their own postmodernist eclectic electric pop powered punk rock sound and style. Using drum loops, toy-sounding guitars, out and out thrashy/trashy lo-fi pop spiced with a delicious sprinkling of spiky digital synth action. It has been suggested that this youthful feisty sub-surf thing has a commercial vibe, If it does then it’s a natural thing - dark humoured and edgy, never contrived, the antidote to the manufactured soulless heartless fake pop force fed us my product pushing major labels, this is the real spirit of DIY punk rock. DBR’s infectiously urgent pop music is cutting edge and reflects the ever evolving, ever striking, ever sexy urban chic that is DIY underground digital-punk culture. All their artwork, animation, video production and visual manipulation is done in-house and yes, do be aware of those lyrics because underneath it all a rather healthy scepticism pervades. The message beneath the home-made gloss is quite simple: don't be an air headed, dreamless, screwed up aimless couch potato (accept at the weekend).
“Believe” is their latest single (out on Org records). The choon fuses retro-electro, guitars and spunky indie-dance pop sensibilities. There is a darkness and edge to their sound, there’s a glossy simmer beneath the sneer, they have no problem with being on Top Of The Pops. Two b-side tracks appear on the CD - “Strange Thing” is an its-okay-to-be-weird stylee track with great chorus and “Cosomonaut”, which the band say is “a more emotive track which evokes a sense of dreamy isolation on a soundscape of haunting vocals and ephemeral electo beats”.
|PRESS QUOTES AND SUCH|
deadbeat radicals mingle digital beats and bleats with sickly sweet melodies
and chopped up guitars. Its Kenickie meets Republica with an added blend
of originality. While pop seems stuck in predictability DBR are the perfect
antidote. the punky pop they peddle crosses over so many boundaries....."
"Remember post-Biz dizzgo-idiots dewweb. DBR are a bunch of electro bubblegum kidbots who have cartoon characters for personalities. Cool neo dance vibe, COOL COOL COOL". NME
"The captivatingly talented DBR with more infectious electronic tinged disco punk approach, but with more of a summery feel. Fuzzy guitars layered with effervescent banks of electronics, topped off with shaz’s lead vocals. Lo-fi Republica, with a slice of sex appeal. Aural sex with eargasms if ya lucky. Another superb slice of infectious and instant electropunk". Scooter - single of the month
"With a new second female vocalist in tow, a huge bank of electronics (including lots of wooshy, splurgy noises and some timpani), a bit of aggressive guitar playing and lots of stage presence, they have finally found the music to match up to the pop star ambition. You really can imagine this looking and sounding great on CD:UK or Top Of the Pops, and in this case, that's definitely a compliment." The Crack
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ORG306 - BELIEVE / STRANGE THING /COSMONAUT
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