Radio Free Universe

Radio Free Universe

 Hamilton, Ontario, CAN
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"This is authentic and real rock music. Vocals that speak to listener, amazing lyrics that leave a deep and lasting impression. All surrounded by credible hooks that layer the music in bliss. Radio Free Universe live is proof that it can be done. They are a thrill to watch and a very dangerous act to follow, a must see for any music lover. This band is the very thing that makes us all want to be rockstars. I urge you to find them."

L.Gowling LA Weekly

Biography

We live in a world where everything, including music, is itemized and made into a genre (indeed the sub-genres grow daily!). Yet rock is all about rebellion plus rejecting norms and Hamilton, ON’s marvelous RADIO FREE UNIVERSE are very much their own creation. In vocalist George Panagopoulos’ words, they are “genuine, honest, heavy, sonic…liberating.”

Panagopoulos explains liberty is a big part of the inspiration behind RADIO FREE UNIVERSE’s unique name. “It is inspired by Radio Free Europe, which began as part of the resistance against tyranny in World War 2. Now its journalists report the news in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We apply this to our music. Trying to break free of the chains of genres and just focusing on the song and serving it”

Formula doesn’t exist for RADIO FREE UNIVERSE’s song creation. They let songs make themselves.

“We try everything and it just becomes clear what the song wants. When you do that the song makes up a world unto itself. Honestly, the universe provides! It just happens. We’re happy people who love playing together. It’s easy! Everyone pitches in, that’s what makes this special. The song writes itself. That’s a very important thing to understand what this band is. We love great rock music. We all got into this loving that."

 

RADIO FREE UNIVERSE's debut album 'Casa Del Diablo' set for release on March 17th, 2017 via Jet Pack Records features twelve infectious rocking tunes including their single 'Disclosure' hitting radio across Canada plus their soon to be anthems American Gun, 18 Wheels and more. The album was mixed and mastered by Glen Robinson (Voivod, Gwar) along with him producing tracks American Gun, Disclosure, 18 Wheels and Six with the rest of the release produced by RFU vocalist George Panagopoulos and Mark McMaster.

 

Breaking down the album, vocalist George Panagopoulos explains:

"I spent a good deal of time living in the US.  It’s a vibrant real culture from coast to coast. I don’t believe in the devil, but I do believe that people trap themselves in things.  The enticement of pleasure and wants that the country truly offers a great deal of opportunity, but it’s also lined with a thirst that is unquenchable. Money can be good, but in the United States it fuels every fire. The country has literally become an evolved beast that feeds of people’s desire and fear.  Everything you can think of corruption wise is alive and thriving there. As well as every great innovation and creative spirit. This album is about those things combined with my experience there. At the same time it’s a celebration of sorts.  No song judges any one at anytime. Nothing says this is bad or that is good. It’s just an observation. Example 'American Gun' is one of those tracks that work for people who don’t like them and people that do. All the songs are observational not so much political. The most amazing thing about that country is with all that going on you find people who are happy and full of love. That’s amazing if you think about it."

 

Prior to preparing for their debut release, RADIO FREE UNIVERSE has made quite a name for themselves on the live scene in Southern Ontario and greater Toronto area since their formation in 2010. In their hometown of Hamilton, ON, they've performed at the Hamilton Music Awards plus have been nominated twice for Recording of The Year. Other appearances by RFU include Canadian Music Week, Lock Street Festival, NXNE, KOI Fest and Big Music Fest ft. Aerosmith, Bryan Adams and Slash.

 

Radio Free Universe is:

- George Panagopoulos - Vocalist/Lyricist

- Ryan DavieBackup - Vocalist, Guitarist

- Ashton Norman - Drummer

- Adam Neumann - Backup Vocalist, Bassist

 

'Casa Del Diablo' will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers.

Lyrics

Disclosure

Written By: George Panagopoulos

I wanna be part of the moment.
Cause the world is full of money and I want it
It was 8:45 in the eye of love and the world fell apart under 911
Halo, Halo
Where did you go.

The whole wild world is run by Aliens.
And all of them they come from another dimension.
Where everything is love
And Everyone is God
And all I really want
Is more Disclosure

You got to see it to believe it
The reptilian Eye is in the ceiling.
He'll take you away and teach you how to love
Take you away until your one of us.

Halo, Halo,
where did you go

The whole wild world is run by Aliens.
And all of them they come from another dimension.
Where everything is love
And Everyone is God
And all I really want
Is more Disclosure

Everybody wants somebody
They can fall on with their bodies.
Early morning comes the warning
let me fall on you.

The whole wild world is run by Aliens.
And all of them they come from another dimension.
Where everything is love
And Everyone is God
And all I really want
Is more Disclosure

American Gun

Written By: George Panagopoulos

I’m gonna free my spirit gonna break these chains
I’m Gonna take the world to the river of change
All down in the desert to the sea of shame
I’m gonna make them all remember my name (Oh lord yeah)

Cause I believe In Kingdom Come
An eye for an eye
With an American Gun

From the City Of Sin to the lost highway
From Old Cheyenne, to the streets of L.A.
I’m gonna teach them all how to see it my way
I’m gonna make them all remember my name

Cause I believe in Kingdom Come
The Prodigal Son With an American Gun,
Cause I believe In the Setting Sun
an eye for an Eye With an American Gun
(solo)

Hey can you feel them
Way down inside

Cause I believe In Kingdom Come
An eye for and eye With and American Gun
Yes I believe in the setting sun
Everybody run It’s an American Gun.

Dirty Little Things

Written By: George Panagopoulos

I've been on down to memphis
To the house of the rising sun
I've broken the law down in New Orleans
But I still haven't killed anyone

All my friends are living
Cause I raised them from the dead
I drowned them all in the morning star
With the beast dancing in my head

Oh no The dirty Little Things I've done
I've done something wrong
Please don't ya tell no one.

Oh no The dirty little things I've done
I've done something wrong
Please Don't Ya tell anyone...

Satan once had a vision
When he fell from the evening sky
I come and gone like the morning sun
But you can't keep me in the light.

When I was a young man
I played with the devils fire
I should have known not to eat his soul
But the lord couldn't get me higher.

Oh no The dirty Little Things I've done
I've done something wrong
Please don't ya tell no one.

Oh no The dirty little things I've done
I've done something wrong
Please Don't Ya tell anyone...

Solo

We live in the modern age
each of us a fall from grace
When I'm on the other side
I can not run from those
Damn....
Evil...
Dirty Little Things that I've done.

(ohh... Louder)

Dirty Little Things

That I've Done.

Discography

Casa Del Diablo (3 song Preview)

Disclosure

American Gun

Dirty Little Things. 

Set List

18 Wheels
Happy
DMT
Dead As Love
Magnolia Girl
American Gun
Dirty Little Things
Disclosure 
Six