Radio Moscow (band)

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Radio Moscow
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Radio Moscow performing in 2008. From left to right: Zach Anderson (former member), Keith Rich (former member) and Parker Griggs.
Background information
Origin Story City, Iowa, United States
Genres Psychedelic rock, blues rock, garage rock, hard rock, Stoner rock, Acid rock
Years active 2003 (2003)–present
Labels Alive Naturalsound
Website radiomoscow.net
Members Parker Griggs
Anthony Meier
Paul Marrone
Past members Serana Andersen
Luke McDuff
Zach Anderson
Cory Berry
Keith Rich
Todd Stevens
Lonnie Blanton

Radio Moscow is an American psychedelic rock band from Story City, Iowa. Formed in 2003 by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Parker Griggs, the band currently features bassist Anthony Meier and live drummer Paul Marrone. Signed to Alive Naturalsound Records, the trio has released five full-length albums as of June 2014.

History[edit]

Prior to the formation of the band, Parker Griggs recorded under the solo alias Garbage Composal.[1] After completing an album's worth of material, Griggs enlisted bassist Serana Andersen to form Radio Moscow, and the duo relocated to Colorado.[1] Following a show, Griggs got a demo into the hands of The Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, who then helped in getting Radio Moscow signed to Alive Naturalsound Records.[2]

Upon returning to Iowa, Luke McDuff was brought in as the new bassist of the group.[1] Griggs and McDuff then recorded the band's debut album in 2006, with Auerbach handling production duties;[3] Radio Moscow was released in February 2007.[4] Shortly after the release of the album, McDuff was replaced by Zach Anderson.[1]

Since 2007, Radio Moscow have toured many regions of the world, with a number of live drummers including Keith Rich, Todd Stevens and Paul Marrone.[1] The band's second album Brain Cycles was released in April 2009, this time self-produced by the band.[4] Radio Moscow later released their third album The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz in October 2011.[5] A previously unreleased album entitled 3 & 3 Quarters, recorded in 2003 and featuring Griggs only, was released in April 2012.[6] Zach Anderson and Cory Berry now play in Blues Pills in Sweden.

On their official website Radio Moscow announced that they plan on releasing their fourth studio album sometime in 2013. Bassist Billy Ellsworth left the band in July, and was replaced with Anthony Meier. On July 15, 2013 the band announced that they were happy with the progress of their new album and planned to 'road test' them in Europe. On The 11th of December 2013 it was announced that the band was set to begin recording their latest album this month. The album was completed by the 22nd of January 2014. On February the 11th the band announced their fourth album is to be called Magical Dirt. The album was released on the 17th of June 2014.

Musical style and influence[edit]

Radio Moscow are often compared stylistically to blues rock bands from the 1960s and 1970s, particularly fellow power trios like Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer.[2][7] Reviewing the band's self-titled album for music website AllMusic, Greg Prato described the group's sound as "a throwback to the classic rock of the '70s", comparing certain songs to artists such as Ram Jam, The Allman Brothers Band and The Jeff Beck Group.[8] Following the release of Brain Cycles, Radio Moscow have also been cited as an example of the stoner rock genre.[7]

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members
  • Serana Rose – bass (2003–2006)
  • Luke McDuff – bass (2006–2007)
  • Billy Ellsworth – bass (2012–2013)
  • Zach Anderson – bass (2007–2012)
  • Cory Berry – live drums (2007, 2009–2010, 2010–2012)
  • Keith Rich – live drums (2007–2008)
  • Todd Stevens – live drums (2007–2008)
  • Lonnie Blanton – live drums (2012–present)
  • Paul Marrone – live drums (2010, 2012–present)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Rancho Tehama EP (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "History". Radio Moscow. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Stewart Mason. "Biography". Radio Moscow. AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Radio Moscow". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Discography". Radio Moscow. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Radio Moscow "The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz" (October 2011)". Radio Moscow. August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Radio Moscow’s previously unreleased debut album, "3 & 3 Quarters", recorded in 2003". Radio Moscow. March 20, 2012. Retrieved April 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Mark Deming. "Review". Radio Moscow - Brain Cycles. AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ Greg Prato. "Review". Radio Moscow - Radio Moscow. AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 

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