Radical Face

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Radical Face
Born Jacksonville, Florida
Origin Jacksonville
Genres folk, electronic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Labels Bear Machine Records, Nettwerk Music Group
Website www.radicalface.com

Radical Face is a musical act whose main member is Ben Cooper.

History[edit]

Cooper chose the name Radical Face upon seeing it on a flyer. He later found out it was a plastic surgery flyer saying 'Radical Face-Lift' with the word 'lift' ripped off.[1]

Cooper's first album to be recorded under the Radical Face pseudonym was The Junkyard Chandelier (2003). The album was never formally released but has since been available as a free download online. Ghost was the first official studio album, released by Radical Face in March 2007.

On November 16, 2010, Cooper released a six-track EP titled Touch The Sky, which served as an appetizer for an announced trilogy of albums called Family Tree, which follows the tale of a fictional family, the Northcotes, through its generations. It is dedicated to the first two generations of the Northcotes family tree and is narratively based in the 1800s.[2]

Leading up to the release of the first album, The Roots, The Bastards: Volume One EP was released track by track, the first of a number of free EPs over the course of the Family Tree project. The Roots was released on October 4, 2011. In August The Roots was accidentally released to users outside of the US on iTunes. It was followed by The Branches and The Leaves.[3]

The Family Tree: The Branches was released on October 22, 2013 in America and on November 1st in Europe. The Bastards: Volume Two was also released that year.

The Bastards: Volume Three and The Bastards: Volume Four were both released in 2015, leading up to the release of The Family Tree: The Leaves in March 2016.[4]

Clone, an album by Ben Cooper and Richard Colado, was announced to be released through Bear Machine Records and available by fall of 2012.[5] After many delays, the first track of Clone, The Laboratory, was released on September 23, 2014.[6] The album was released in acts, Cooper adding one act per week to release the album. Each track has a full explanation of the act available at projectclone.com. 'Laser-engraved crystal thumb drives' were designed as an alternative medium for the album.[7]

The single "Welcome Home" was played at the beginning of the first episode for the TV series "The Returned".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title,
Notes on release
Track listing
The Junkyard Chandelier

2003

Self-released.

  1. "Stitches In My Side" - 3:27
  2. "The Scarecrows Are Marching" - 4:51
  3. "Martyr" - 3:47
  4. "Chewing Bottles" - 5:14
  5. "Junkyard Chandelier" - 6:18
  6. "Paper Birds" - 4:24
  7. "Fog In The House Of Lightbulbs" - 6:43
  8. "Runs In The Sidewalk" - 5:36
  9. "Confidants And Fish Hooks" - 4:59
  10. "Pockets Full Of Ink" - 5:21
  11. "Burning Bridges" - 3:13
Ghost

Released in 2007.

"Welcome Home" was awarded Song of the year by "Which?"

  1. "Asleep On A Train" - 2:00
  2. "Welcome Home" - 4:45
  3. "Let The River In" - 5:05
  4. "Glory" - 6:14
  5. "The Strangest Things" - 4:25
  6. "Wrapped In Piano Strings" - 3:37
  7. "Along The Road" - 4:13
  8. "Haunted" - 4:43
  9. "Winter Is Coming" - 4:20
  10. "Sleepwalking" - 4:43
  11. "Homesick" - 3:39
The Family Tree: The Roots

Released in 2011.

  1. "Names" - 1:15
  2. "A Pound of Flesh" - 3:35
  3. "Family Portrait" - 4:40
  4. "Black Eyes" - 4:44
  5. "Severus and Stone" - 4:28
  6. "The Moon Is Down" - 3:18
  7. "Ghost Towns" - 3:54
  8. "Kin" - 4:04
  9. "The Dead Waltz" - 5:23
  10. "Always Gold" - 5:56
  11. "Mountains" - 4:51
The Family Tree: The Branches

Released in 2013.

  1. "Gray Skies" - 0:43
  2. "Holy Branches" - 3:38
  3. "The Mute" - 3:56
  4. "Reminders" - 3:34
  5. "Summer Skeletons" - 4:51
  6. "The Crooked Kind" - 4:39
  7. "Chains" - 2:11
  8. "Letters Home" - 4:12
  9. "From The Mouth Of An Injured Head" - 4:04
  10. "Southern Snow" - 3:21
  11. "The Gilded Hand" - 6:15
  12. "We All Go The Same" - 3:31
The Family Tree: The Leaves

Released in 2016.

  1. "Secrets (Cellar Door)" - 4:26
  2. "Rivers in the Dust" - 5:45
  3. "Everything Costs" - 3:42
  4. "Midnight" - 3:10
  5. "The Ship in Port" - 3:43
  6. "Photograph" - 2:24
  7. "Third Family Portrait" - 3:45
  8. "The Road to Nowhere" - 4:46
  9. "Old Gemini" - 4:15
  10. "Bad Blood" - 4:51

EPs[edit]

Title Year Track listing
Touch The Sky EP 2010
  1. "Welcome Home (EP Version) - 4:47
  2. "Glory (Acoustic)" - 4:34
  3. "Doorways" - 3:00
  4. "A Little Hell" - 2:13
  5. "The Deserter's Song" - 4:55
  6. "Welcome Home (Reprise)" - 2:29
The Bastards: Volume One 2011
  1. "All Is Well (It's Only Blood)" - 2:45
  2. "All Is Well (Goodbye, Goodbye)" - 4:05
  3. "We're On Our Way" - 4:08
Always Gold EP 2012
  1. "Always Gold (Short Attention Span Mix)" - 4:04
  2. "Echoes" - 3:54
  3. "Wandering (Alternative Mix)" - 3:46
  4. "Always Gold (Acoustic)" - 3:38
  5. "We're On Our Way" - 4:07
  6. "Always Gold (Album Version)" - 5:55
The Bastards: Volume Two 2013
  1. "Second Family Portrait" - 4:55
  2. "West" - 4:50
  3. "Letters Home - Aftermath" - 1:18
The Bastards: Volume Three 2014
  1. "Sisters" - 3:49
  2. "Baptisms" - 2:56
  3. "Nightclothes" - 6:54
The Bastards: Volume Four 2015
  1. "Servants And Kings" - 4:30
  2. "Small Hands" - 3:09

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart Certification Album
FR
[8]
NED
[9]
SWI
2011 "Welcome Home" 83 24 38 Ghost

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album
2007 Welcome Home Ghost
2010 Doorways Touch The Sky EP
2012 We're On Our Way The Bastards: Volume One
2012 A Pound of Flesh The Family Tree: The Roots
2012 Always Gold The Family Tree: The Roots
2013 Holy Branches The Family Tree: The Branches
2014 The Mute The Family Tree: The Branches
2016 Secrets (Cellar Door) The Family Tree: The Leaves
2016 The Road To Nowhere The Family Tree: The Leaves
2016 Everything Costs The Family Tree: The Leaves

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Review: Radical Face, The Family Tree: The Roots | Timber and Steel". Timberandsteel.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  3. ^ "Radical Face – Touch The Sky [EP]". Randomville.com. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  4. ^ Robin Murray (2016-01-28). "Premiere: Radical Face - 'Secrets (Cellar Door)'". Clash. 
  5. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Clone | Act 1: The Laboratory". YouTube. 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  7. ^ "Radical Face". Radical Face. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discographie Radical Face". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discografie Radical Face". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2015-10-11. 

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