Radiator Hospital

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Radiator Hospital
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Background information
OriginGrand Rapids, Michigan
GenresIndie rock, indie pop, Emo revival
LabelsSalinas Records
Associated acts
  • Sam Cook-Parrott
  • Cynthia Schemmer
  • Jon Rybicki
  • Jeff Bolt

Radiator Hospital is an American indie rock band. Though songwriter Sam Cook-Parrott (vocals/guitar) is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, they are now based in Philadelphia.[3][4] The rest of the current lineup is Cynthia Schemmer (guitar/vocals), Jon Rybicki (bass), and Jeff Bolt (drums). They have released six albums; two out of print lo-fi cassettes, and four proper LPs put out by Salinas Records.


After Sam Cook-Parrott's high school band ended, he started recording solo material with a four-track tape recorder.[4] He named the project after an auto body shop in Grand Rapids.[4][3] Radiator Hospital released their first full-length album in 2010 titled My Most Imaginary Friend.[5]

In September 2012, after a few years of regional shows and some minimal touring, Cook-Parrott relocated to Philadelphia, moving into a house with members of Swearin' and other punk bands. This is where the current full band Radiator Hospital lineup settled, also featuring guitarist/vocalist Cynthia Schemmer, bassist Jon Rybicki, and drummer Jeff Bolt.[6]

Their first official full-length, Something Wild, was released in the summer of 2013 on Salinas Records. It was recorded partially in the same lo-fi manner as earlier cassettes, but added a more studio honed production sound (provided by Swearin' guitarist/vocalist Kyle Gilbride) on the more energetic full-band songs.[6]

Their next album Torch Song, also recorded with Gilbride, was released in 2014. In 2017 Radiator Hospital released Play the Songs You Like, which had been recorded by Jeff Zeigler.[6]

Latest release Sings 'Music For Daydreaming' came out in early 2019. It was also recorded with Zeigler and is the first full length album credited to Radiator Hospital to be performed entirely by Cook-Parrott since 2011.[7]

Radiator Hospital's recorded output often features collaborations with other vocalists, such as Allison and Katie Crutchfield, Maryn Jones, and Elaiza Santos.[2] Likewise Cook-Parrott has contributed to recordings by Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast and Allison Crutchfield.[2]




  • I Want To Believe - Stupid Bag Records, 7", MP3 (2011)
  • Can You Feel My Heart Beating? - Amanda Bynes Tapes, Cassette, MP3 (2012) / Party Nogg, 7", MP3 (2013)
  • Some Distant Moon - Forward Records, 7", MP3 (2012)[14]
  • Mall of America - Double Double Whammy, Cassette, MP3 (2013) / Forward Records, 10" EP, MP3 (2014)

Split releases[edit]

  • Split with Fred Thomas - Already Dead Tapes, Cassette, MP3 (2012)
  • Split with Kyle Kaos - Already Dead Tapes, Cassette, MP3 (2014)
  • Split with Krill, Ovlov, and LVL UP - Double Double Whammy and Exploding In Sound, 7", MP3 (2014)
  • Split with Sorority Noise - Soft Speak Records, 7", MP3 (2014)[15]
  • Split with Martha - Specialist Subject Records, 7", MP3 (2015)
  • The Great Thunder Radiator Hospital Wedding Album - Stupid Bag Records, LP, MP3 (2016)


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  2. ^ a b c Hogan, Marc. "Radiator Hospital Play the Songs You Like". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b Zarrillo, Zack. "POZ Showcase: Radiator Hospital". Property of Zack. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Jones, Charles. "INTERVIEW: Sam Cook-Parrott, Radiator Hospital". Funeral Sounds. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ a b "My Most Imaginary Friend". Radiator Hospital. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Thomas, Fred. "Radiator Hospital Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ Donelson, Marcy. "Radiator Hospital Sings Music for Daydreaming". Allmusic. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Radiator Hospital - Nothin' In My Eyes". Stereokiller. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  9. ^ Ozzi, Dan. "Philadelphia Has the Best Punk Scene in the Country Right Now". Vice. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  10. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "Radiator Hospital "Our Song" / "Are You Feeling Me?"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  11. ^ Wheeler, Vicky. "The Oddly Nostalgic Sound of Radiator Hospital". The New York Observer. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  12. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Radiator Hospital "Cut Your Bangs"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  13. ^ Rearick, Lauren (18 March 2019). "Radiator Hospital "video premiere: "Weird Little Idea" - Radiator Hospital"". The Grey Estates. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  14. ^ Rakoff, Evan. "Andy Griffith, America's surrogate father". Salon. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  15. ^ Sacher, Andrew. "Radiator Hospital cover "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" for new single series". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 24 January 2017.