Here’s Why You Should Check out the Band Radiation City Tonight at Spike Hill

08/24/2011 1:54 PM |


Folks in Portland are starting to make some fuss about recent Oregon transplants Radiation City, who are conveniently making their Brooklyn debut tonight at Spike Hill (they played Pianos yesterday), and with good reason. The Oregonian describes the foursome as “the Velvet Underground playing lounge and bossa nova,” which, yes, is a little bit true. But they hit on other influences — Stereolab, The Ronettes, The Cardigans — with such elegance and ease that the generic Velvet Underground reference doesn’t really stick. There’s a lot of going on here, and the way they wind the threads around Lizzy Ellison’s clear-blue voice… that’s the real selling point. The best example of this comes on “The Color of Industry” from their full-length debut, The Hands That Take You, out September 27, just as the guitars starting doing a shimmy thing, right after the girl-group harmonies kick in. Hook, line and sinker. Listen below.