Ryan Keeley and Brentt Brown have made music together since Bucknell University where they were randomly chosen to be roommates. Pirate Radio formed in San Francisco after both left college with Brian Stein at the drum kit. Losing Stein to a Masters degree in financial mathematics, an opening was made for Oren Williams just as Baby Carrot was ending its 13 year San Francisco run. 2009 saw a brief hiatus due to Brentt Brown's nearly tearing off an arm in a bike accident. During the hiatus, Ryan Keeley joined Cola Wars on bass, and Oren Williams joined Rocking Heads to play Talking Heads songs with Michael Franti at The Fillmore.
2010 has Pirate Radio back with the release of 'Fires in the Woods.' Using the talents of no less than three songwriters and singers, Pirate Radio joins other bands breaking from the lead singer tradition. "Welcome Home" was a giant step from Pirate Radio’s previous stripped-down country garage-rock to a more diverse atmosphere filled with superb songwriting.
'Fires in the Woods', finds the San Francisco staple in a story telling mood. Tales of unrelenting hangovers, mundane commutes, war torn hands, disappearing small towns, and the like all find their right place on the band’s third LP.
Ryan Keeley - Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Brentt Brown - Vocals, Guitar
Oren Williams - Drums
Pirate Radio (LP-2005)
Welcome Home (LP-2008)
Compilation(2009): The Levee Breaks "Love/No Love" including artists such as Ani DiFranco and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.
Fires in the Woods (LP-2010)
"Welcome Home" Album Review
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"Welcome Home marks a significant evolution from the band's 2005 self-titled debut. The result is a..."Welcome Home marks a significant evolution from the band's 2005 self-titled debut. The result is a fuller, warmer sounding record. "Stealing Hours" gallops out of the gate, and "Lodestar" and "Give" provide a nice, one-two punch. "Catching Leaves" lives up to its name in the breezy simplicity of the melody and "Ocean Beach" serves as a plaintive epilogue. Some call it alt-country, some call it Americana, others claim it's country rock: whatever your chosen epithet is, Pirate Radio's got it in spades.
- blurt.com (Andy Tennille)
"Welcome Home" - Album Review 2
rooted firmly in the traditions of Dylan, Young, and Springsteen.” –
Forty minutes to an hour and a half of original material. Original material consists of songs from our 3 albums and newly written songs.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.