A perfect distillation of so many current indie-rock trends, yet never coming off calculated or affected—the furthest thing from it, really—Radical Dads do lo-fi without sacrificing clarity of ideas, and they reference so many aspects of 90s indie rock, from D.C.-centered noise to a more approachable pop style, that they avoid seeming like a direct quotation of anything. Their debut full-length, Mega Rama, comes out in June on the Uninhabitable Mansions label.
Favorite NYC venue?
In terms of overall amenities, Cake Shop. In addition to serving cupcakes and beer, it has the best soundlady, Isabelle, and the coolest bartender, Nick.
Percentage of shows played in Brooklyn vs. Manhattan?
Our booking schedule operates according to the Golden Ratio. So for every Manhattan show, we play 1.6180339887 shows in Brooklyn.
What New York band from the past has had the biggest influence on your sound?
Favorite song about NYC?
"AT&T" by Pavement.
On tour for a month, what album would get the most play in the van?
Once our personal mariachi band gets tired, we usually throw on A Pattern Language by Pursesnatchers.
Ideal four-band bill, realistic:
Pixies, Guided By Voices, The Clean, Radical Dads.
Ideal four-band bill, dream:
The Who, Sleater-Kinney, Life Without Buildings, Radical Dads.
If you had to relocate to another city, where would you go?
Auckland circa 1983, Seattle circa 1990, or Chapel Hill circa 2015.