Radars To The Sky- The Big Bang EP

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, July 31, 2008

Indie rock band Radars To The Sky have been gaining buzz among the LA scene since the release of their self titled EP, and now have put out another one entitled The Big Bang EP. Offering six tracks of dreamy, slightly minimalist indie rock with female and male vocals this is a group that definitely has staying power. And while this release may not feel as though it starts with its best foot forward, give Radars To The Sky a chance and you will find a band that you will not be able to stop listening to after the first spin or two.

The Big Bang EP recalls the days when indie rock bands had a very garage band style to their music, often playing fuzzy guitar riffs that serve as background to the vocals rather than the other way around. The instrumentalists like to alternate between slower, minimalist riffs and faster fuzzed out grooves that are very catchy and likeable. However, I don’t know if it was in the group’s best interest to start out the EP with a sparser song such as “Long Walk Home” as it is their later material that will truly hook listeners. This is certainly music that stays with you, and if Radars To The Sky could figure out a way to combine this staying power with some immediate hooks listeners could be hearing something big from this band in the near future.

Compared to most indie rock bands, Radars To The Sky has quite a bit of variety in their vocals. Offering both male and female singers, the songs on The Big Bang EP often jump between melodic female singing, melodic male singing, and rougher almost punk style male singing. This makes Radars To The Sky a band that is easy to distinguish from the other bands in their genre, and gives them an element that makes their music unique when compared to everybody else. Hopefully the group continues to make use of this in the future, as each style is enjoyable and will be sure to attract listeners.

Though The Big Bang EP isn’t immediately hooking, give the six songs a couple of listens and it is practically guaranteed that you won’t be able to get them out of your head. With a few more hooks right off the bat, Radars To The Sky could be one of the next big artists for indie rock fans young and old. They may still be self releasing their material right now, but judging by the quality of this EP don’t expect this to be a band without a label for too much longer.


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