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Radical Face is a musical act consisting of Ben Cooper (born c.1982), a resident of Jacksonville, Florida, who also makes up one-half of Electric President and Iron Orchestra and one third of Mother's Basement.
- 1 Formation
- 2 Releases
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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. One of his singles "Welcome Home" was played at the beginning of the first episode for the T.V. series "The Returned".
On November 16, 2010, Cooper released a six-track EP titled Touch The Sky, which serves as an appetizer for an announced trilogy of albums called Family Tree. Leading up to the release of The Roots, The Bastards: Volume One EP was released track by track. The first album, titled The Roots, was released on October 4, 2011. In August The Roots was accidentally released to users outside of the US on iTunes. The Roots will be followed by The Branches and The Leaves.
Clone, an album by Ben Cooper and Richard Colado, was announced to be released through Bear Machine Records and available by fall of 2012. After many delays, the first track of Clone, The Laboratory, was released on September 23, 2014. 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.
The Junkyard Chandelier
Ben 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.
Touch The Sky EP
Touch The Sky is an EP released in 2010 to bridge the gap between Ghost and The Family Tree Trilogy.
The Bastards: Volume One
The EP was released on August 19, 2011, and is the first of a number of free EPs over the course of the Family Tree project, all of them part of a series called "The Bastards". It was made available via the Radical Face website as a free download.
The Family Tree: The Roots
This album was released in October 2011 and is the first album of three in the Family Tree project that 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. A Deluxe Version was released specifically for iTunes that included the three tracks from the The Bastards - Volume One EP.
The Family Tree: The Branches
On November 17, 2010, Ben Cooper announced that the next album in the Family Tree trilogy would be called The Family Tree: The Branches. On May 18, 2013, Ben Cooper wrote on his website, "The record will come out in Fall (likely early October)." In the July 18, 2013 blog entry on his website, Ben Cooper stated that the album was finished and confirmed the October 2013 release date. On September 5, 2013, a information on the Radical Face mailing list revealed that that The Branches would be released on October 22 in America and November 1st in Europe. It also confirmed a Volume Two of The Bastards EP, to be released prior to the album.
The Bastards: Volume Two
Released in 2013.
The Bastards: Volume Three
Released in 2015, could be considered an EP for the final entry in the Family Tree chronology, "The Family Tree: The Branches", rumored to be released early 2016.
Notes on release
|The Junkyard Chandelier
Released in 2007.
"Welcome Home" was awarded Song of the year by "Which?"
|The Family Tree: The Roots
Released in 2011.
|The Family Tree: The Branches
Released in 2013.
|Touch The Sky EP||2010||
|The Bastards: Volume One||2011||
|Always Gold EP||2012|
|The Bastards: Volume Two||2013||
|The Bastards: Volume Three||2014||
|2010||Doorways||Touch The Sky EP|
|2012||We're On Our Way||The Bastards - Volume One EP|
|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|
- http://livefly.info/2012/01/radical-face-interview/[dead link]
- http://www.radicalface.com/news/2013 Date: March 4th, 2013
- The Roots album review
- Cooper, Ben. "Radical Face Webpage".
- LesCharts.com: Radical Face discography
- DutchCharts.nl Radical Face discography
- Official Page
- The Sounds & Sights of Radical Face - Documentary by Justin Mitchell
- Radical Face Live in San Francisco - By Connor Ellmann