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The best kept secret in music

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"Out of Austin comes Saturday's Radar"

Out of Austin comes Saturday's Radar. They seem to draw their inspiration from The Sex Pistols, Smashing Pumpkins, and Kiss - all in the best way possible.

Lead singer Jamiey Hill has got a very Billy Corganesque voice and the songs have a free-from rock/punk sound to them. In pieces it's sloppy punk and at points Brian Meyerdirks' guitar sounds like it's playing an arena rock anthem. Carey Best on bass and Brad Schmerbeck on drums rounds out the band.

Kill All The DJ's is a forty-minute ten-song album that is easy to listen to in one sitting. The title track kicks off the album well . . . is there such a thing as melodic punk? "Dry Your Eyes" is a radio-friendly rocker that had a 70s anthem feel to it. A twist in the album comes in the seventh song, the acoustic-guitar-and-vocal-only "Valley of the Dolls." It highlights the softer side of Saturday's Radar.

One of the standout tracks is "Holiday" a three-minute jam with a guitar line that Ace Frehley himself would be proud of. "She's seventeen and rich as a queen. She don't know what it means. She might just have to dream about it."
- Sean Claes - INsite Magazine


"Whoopsy! Magazine"

After watching this band for over two years, anticipation for a debut album was high. The title track kill all the DJ's, in itself, shows not only the talent of all the members of the band, but also the talent of the producer.

Jamiey's voice is one of the most dynamic and distinctive voices I've heard locally in a long while. He manages to wail like Chris Cornell with the grunge rasp of Dave Grohl. Firebird uses new and innovative techniques combined with his talent to release funky riffs that separate him from the other guitarist on the scene today. The solid and steady beats of Carey's (Best) bass give this CD a good solid rhythn in coordination with Brad's (Schmerbeck) simple, yet consistent drumming style.

Kill all the DJ's was produced by Johhny Goudie, formerly of Goudie (Elektra) and Edochine. The CD starts with heavy beats and builds up to an invigorating in-you-face sound that you'd hope for on any debut album. It then goes into soft ballads with great beats and poppy lyrics. My favorite, "Holiday" starts subtle, then blows the fucking top off. Track 6 (Indian in 'E') is my least favorite because it just sounds like a bunch of noise. Around song 7 the band begins to simmer down and play their hearts out with "Valley of the Dolls" and "Heaven". The last track "Tune the Blue Screen" is a soft conclusion to this very powerful debut. I look forward to hearing more from the Radar in years to come.



- Emily Springs - Whoopsy! Magazine


Discography

kill all the dj's - released November 2005

"Tune the Blue Screen" - AB Negative soundtrack 2006

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Out of the successes and failures of several bands, Saturdays’ Radar was formed in the fall of 2002. The sound (like Black Sabbath and The Pixies) made an impact quickly, even in the overplayed ‘live music capitol of the world’, Austin, Texas.

Former Elektra artist Johnny Goudie (Peep Show - 2000) saw the band early on and expressed interest in producing. This led to the debut album kill all the dj’s, a ten-song plaintive blast at radio’s blandness, which led critics to ask, “Is there such a thing as melodic punk?”

As local clubs and critics tried to label the band and their sound, momentum increased and Saturday's Radar was pitched at the other end of the spectrum; being approached by Chevy to star in a commercial for their 2005 TV Ad Campaign, which debut during the Superbowl.

Saturdays’ Radar followed this up with regional and national touring of their monolithic, high-energy show, as well as songs from kill all the dj’s being placed in several independent films and XM Satellite Radio.

Saturday’s Radar are now in pre-production for their sophomore release (with the working title “Western Songs”) as well as in talks with “Hollywood types” about doing a reality show chronicling the making of this rising rock band’s next album and subsequent tour.