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Radclyffe Hall

Allston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Allston, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Radclyffe Hall, ‘Extended Play’"

For young bands just starting out, a distinctive aesthetic or aspirational alignment with a particular scene too often stand in for the real work of songwriting. But the debut EP from the just-formed four-piece Radclyffe Hall presents no such cause for concern. “Dare to Dream” and “Love Me Tonight” are instantly engrossing electropop tracks with hooks that punch well above the band’s current weight class. It might seem a bit early to be lauding a group that has only just played its first few shows, but there’s plenty of potential on display here. “OMG” is as listless and brooding as the former tracks are enthusiastic, with singer Dhy Berry pushing the drama over multitracked synth and vocal backing. “Stars” splits the difference, with a more upbeat tempo and piano lead that builds to a dirty bass climax. Not that the band isn’t stylish and sharp, but it’s funny how those superficial aspects are enhanced by good songs. (Out now.)



ESSENTIAL “Dare to Dream”

Radclyffe Hall performs at T.T the Bear’s Place in Cambridge on Oct. 29

--Luke O'Neil - The Boston Globe


"Guestlisted Premiere: Radclyffe Hall’s “Extended Play”"

“OMG” almost didn’t make Radclyffe Hall’s “Extended Play.” Another song sat in its spot on the Boston band’s debut EP. Then frontwoman Dhy Berry spun “OMG” for a friend.

“My friend told me right away, ‘This has to go on the release,’” Berry said.

Thank god for friends.

Each of the four songs on “Extended Play” tap into the quartet’s sweet, sad “dark electro pop” -- “Dare to Dream” is the obvious club hit waiting to happen; “Love Me Tonight” could elbow its way into mainstream radio between Ellie Goulding and Passion Pit; "Stars" puts a delicate melody over a smart down-tempo beat.

But “OMG,” written after the loss of a friend, pulses with a brilliant, shadowy energy (check out the video to get the full effect).

The Berklee grad says she’s primarily a bassist and doesn’t consider herself a singer -- you’ll disagree when you hear the hypnotic hook of “OMG.” But with Radclyffe Hall she plays behind a bank of synthesizer cooing and shouting out dreamy, nighttime soundtracks.

“I grew up with funk and R&B,” said said, then laughed. “And the oldies station. Later it was neo-soul and bassists like Victor Wooten and Me'shell Ndegeocello. So I was looking for that very bass driven sound for Radclyffe Hall.”

“For our stage show, I thought of it as a mirror,” she said. “Jaqui (Rae Stewart) and I are on opposite sides of the stage singing and playing keys with two drummers, Carl (Harkness) and Sean (Camargo) between us.”

Sound awesome? Yeah, I know.

Luckily you still have time to score a ticket to the Great Scott show tonight. Come by and help Radclyffe Hall celebrate the release of “Extended Play,” enjoy the exclusively Guestlisted stream below.

--Jed Gottlieb - The Boston Herald


"Berklee College of Music unleashes diva class"

Who comes to mind when you think about Berklee College of Music?

Gary Burton, yes. Steve Vai, sure.

If you’re in the industry, you’ll come up with songwriter Claude Kelly or engineer Miles Walker.

But even with all the time in the world, you’ll struggle to find a certified pop diva.

While the school has spun off plenty of female stars (Paula Cole, Melissa Etheridge, to name two), it hasn’t launched a Katy Perry or Lady Gaga. That may change soon with a handful of Berklee-bred acts rising fast.

The duo Karmin scored a platinum single in 2012 (and should have scored more off 2014’s “Pulses”). Singer Kiesza, who plays Royale Oct. 1, exploded this summer in her native Canada and Britain. Her hit “Hideaway” has 117 million YouTube streams. Newcomer Betty Who and the young band Radclyffe Hall will release records this fall.

The pop prospects have different sounds and histories but represent the newest demographic at the constantly evolving college: Artists with edge and Top 40 potential.

“There’s an underground movement of students who want more control over what they’re doing and reject cookie-cutter stuff,” said voice professor Armsted Christian, whom Betty Who called “my Berklee dad.”

“They’re not chasing the stereotypical look or sound,” Christian added.

Born Jessica Newham in Sydney, Betty Who began as a cello talent, but when she arrived at Berklee, the school and scene helped her find herself as an artist — a scoop of Katy Perry smothered in groovy electro.

“Berklee connected me to people who love the same music I do,” Who said. “When (fellow Berklee student) Peter (Thomas) and I met, we were looking for the same thing, the same sound. That’s hard to find, if you’re not at Berklee.”

Radclyffe Hall, which celebrates the release of “Extended Play” Sunday at Great Scott, mines a different side of pop. Frontwoman Dhy Berry calls it “dark electro pop.” But there’s overlap in their experience.

“I’m sure there’s still a jazz scene at Berklee, but I can’t say how big it is because I was never part of it,” Berry said. “I was part of a whole different indie pop scene. I was listening to neo-soul and getting turned on to bands like Metric.”

Who, Karmin and Kiesza signed to major labels, but they retain a certain indie vibe, a vibe that rarely comes from the Disney and Nickelodeon farm teams. Berry and her band signed with respected indie label Cleopatra Records.

“Sure, the goal is still a major label record. But it’s not as important as it once was,” Christian said. “What matters is great product, and these Berklee students are delivering that.”

To learn more about 
Radclyffe Hall and hear an exclusive stream of “Extended Play,” check out Jed Gottlieb’s bostonherald.com Guestlisted blog on Sunday.

--Jed Gottlieb - The Boston Herald


"Radclyffe Hall gives us that moment on "OMG" [Premiere]"

We initially saw self-proclaimed “dark pop” artist Radclyffe Hall on their premiere single “Dare To Dream,” which we reviewed on our site in June, and seems to be creating a distinct sound for themselves, shorter tracks with a maximum impact on the emotions of the listener. On new single “OMG” the group retains this dark pop feel, menacing and synthy 80’s stylings but has taken their sound a step beyond the first. It's that moment when you realize that you are with someone, but in fact sitting across from an empty chair even if they are across from you. It's entirely possible to search a vacant face for feeling but no matter how intensely you stare into those blank eyes there is none. Because some people are always leaving, whether physically or within their own minds, and when you realize it that is the the "OMG" moment that you dread and a feeling you can't shake even when your hands stop, because with that knowledge it is never really over.

--Cailey Lindberg - EARMILK


"BOSTON POPS: LISTEN TO RADCLYFFE HALL’S ELECTRIC NEW ELECTRO SINGLE ‘DARE TO DREAM’"

We’ll admit that we don’t know too much about Radclyffe Hall, a relatively new electro-pop project fronted by Allston-based bassist/vocalist Dhy Berry. What we do know is that their debut single, “Dare To Dream,” is a pretty dynamic introduction, with Berry’s magnetic vocals riding along bass-heavy synths and a hook that demands permanent residency in our headspaces.

Produced by CliffLight’s Sam Burke, Radclyffe Hall is another addition to the exciting new crop of electronic pop artists blossoming around Boston, joining the likes of Goldbloc, Miss Geo, and St. Nothing as some of our new acts destined to blow up on a national stage, following in the path set by Black Light Dinner Party, Betty Who, and Passion Pit.

A new single, “OMG” is set to drop on July 15 — and a debut EP, Extended Play, is reportedly ready for September release — but we want to let “Dare To Dream” settle in before we move on to some more music. Expect to hear this a bunch on Vanya Radio, starting today at 1 and 7pm EST.

Listen to “Dare To Dream” below, and if you’re in the New York area, catch Radclyffe Hall’s live show August 7 at Rockwood Music Hall.

--Michael Marotta - Vanyaland


"Radclyffe Hall has visions of dark pop on "Dare To Dream""

The debut single from new group Radclyffe Hall was self-defined by front woman and bassist Dhy Monique as “dark pop,” with the tagline of Our hopes, dreams, and aspirations are under arrest. Resist.

The track does begin with some menacing synths, but I didn’t hear the altogether sick and twisted fantasies contained in most songs in this genre. The music is a bit melancholy with her raspy soul-filled vocals to match, but the message is surprisingly positive… a bold conceptual move that we believe will ultimately succeed in the industry. Not to mention that just today it was featured on the music PR outlet Effective Immediately alongside recent electro-pop breakout star Betty Who.

The track is brief yet effective, with that pulsing energy so seldom found immediately taking hold of the listener. In this case, we’d say that less than three minutes is more than enough to make an impact. The desire to improve, achieve, and reach out to someone or something important is clearly felt from beginning to end and as she said herself the goal is simply to, “Put my music out there and just hope for the best.” Based on what we’ve heard so far, the best is soon to come.

Co-produced by member of fellow rising Boston artist’s Clifflight, the track is available for free download on Soundcloud or Bandcamp, and just to reiterate, the first comment we saw was, “Ten seconds I’m sold.”

--Cailey Lindberg - EARMILK


"HEARD: Radclyffe Hall - "Dare to Dream""

If dark, dreamy electro-pop music has also taken over your life, here’s one you can add to your list to let it consume you even more. There’s a huge chance you won’t be disappointed.

Set to drop their debut EP “Extended Play” this coming September, electro-pop wonder Radclyffe Hall drops their single “Dare To Dream” and it is everything you need and more.

There’s mystery, and subtleness, and vocals so captivating that it engages you soon as the first word is uttered. It’s no surprise, given that they’ve cited Ndegeocello, Santigold and Metric as their influences, that this track holds just about enough promise to make you look forward to their forthcoming record. You know when all the elements come together to make a song perfect? This is an example of that.

Coming off from a feat with indie-pop act Mrs. Danvers, Dhy Berry put together Radclyffe Hall as her solo project and it turns out, it wasn’t a bad idea at all. Looks like going solo isn’t so bad sometimes.

Extended Play (September 2014) Tracklist:

1. Dare to Dream
2. OMG
3. Stars
4. Love Me Tonight

--Dee - The Magic Room Project


Discography

Extended Play - September 2014

  1. Dare to Dream
  2. OMG
  3. Stars
  4. Love Me Tonight (feat. Naree)

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Radclyffe Hall believes in the power of pop music to move hearts, minds, and bodies. On their debut EP, Extended Play due out this September, the dark-pop quartet wrestles with fear and loss before arriving at a rousing sense of empowerment. Boasting tracks as introspective as they are anthemic, Radclyffe Hall's bold debut makes the case that real inspiration is borne out of real adversity.

With their moniker both a literary reference and an affectionate nod to Beantown academic culture, Radclyffe Hall began in Boston as an experiment in analog and digital production. Steeped in rock 'n' roll, funk, and R&B, founding member Dhy Berry started developing groove-heavy demos before developing them into fully fledged pop songs. The band -- with Berry on keys and voice, Jaqui Rae Stewart on vocals and keys, Carl Harkness and Sean Camargo both on drums - coalesced around these compositions, adorning Berry's rigorous song-craft with radio-ready dance-pop aesthetics. In both their recordings and live shows, the group has solidified an indelible sonic signature of pulsating live and programmed beats, ethereal vocals, and fuzzy bass lines. They count Meshell Ndegeocello, Santigold, and Metric as enduring influences. 

Radclyffe Hall is garnering blog buzz and a burgeoning fan-base with a robust web presence and a batch of shows in the Northeast to promote Extended Play. Their live act has a strong symmetrical motif with a setup of parallel keyboards and parallel drums that capture the band's dualities: digital vs. analog; light vs. dark; classic vs. innovative. The dynamic group's multi-faceted artistic interests also extend to their music videos, which includes "OMG" - an intimate and kinetic travelogue of Berry confronting the darkness of the cityscape on her motor-bike. Videos for Extended Play cuts, "Stars" and "Dare to Dream" are forthcoming.

Turning fear into agency and loss into catharsis, Radclyffe Hall makes moody anthems for the bedroom and the dance floor alike. Lyrically and musically, they are as individualistic as they are decidedly for the masses. In their ethos of finding the light by embracing the dark, Radclyffe Hall is a band that dares you to dream.

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