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The best kept secret in music


"RadioNation EP"

These local rockers started as a coffeehouse duo, and now emerge on this aptly titled EP as an alt-rock power trio of sorts. But it’s the line between the two where, as they say, the magic happens. Rather than aping the usual emotional remnants of the last decade’s music wars–monkeyhouse violence, poetic navel-gazing, blistering anger–Radionation paints its angry jangle pop with the sort of thoughtful meanderings you might find in a more acoustic setting. The effect is radio-ready rock with a depth of feeling that’s almost offhandedly charming.

This goes for the music, as well. "She Said (This Girl Is Free)" is typical: imagine Blues Traveler in their poppiest mode giving a nod back to the early-’80s Athens scene. Smart and forlorn, in other words. The most unique part of the band’s sound is lead singer Shawn Gwin, who sounds like Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley in his more delicate moments, with maybe a touch of Misfits-era Glenn Danzig for menace.

If this all sounds like diffuse sonic dabbling, it’s not–just the sound of a smart rock band talented enough to forge diverse influences into clean short bursts of moodiness. The seams might still be visible, but rock history suggests that can be fixed in time. As of now, the concept alone is enough.

–Robert Fontenot

- Offbeat Magazine

"RadioNation @ Dixie"

This New Orleans Power Pop trio opened the show with a complete set of originals that included a kick ass version of "House of the Rising Sun". Frankly I think they're nuts for not playing this at every gig. This band is always entertaining and always gives you 110%. If you can't tell by the Rickenbacker guitar, played by Shawn Gwin, this band captures some English R&B/Pop influence in its raging rock.

- Rocky Lacicero - The Digital Forum


RadioNation "EP" was released in 2001. RadioNation is scheduled to return to the studio in 3/2004 to self produce their first full-length album. Some songs are available at our website for download.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Texas native Shawn Gwin found success in England in the mid-80's with the Mod band The Numbers and the single "Forever Young". After the demise of the Mod revival scene, Shawn returned to the States to bring the Mod scene to New Orleans in a way that only an-ex Londoner could. When he met Richard Windmann (bass), and Dino Mazzone (drums), he finally got the sound that he wanted, and RadioNation was formed.