The Radio Hour (southern goth;folk-punk)

The Radio Hour (southern goth;folk-punk)

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THE RADIO HOUR from Chicago is a vet cast with combination of southern gothic, surreal 70’s-prog, and folk-punk influences. See why COLLEGE MUSIC JOURNAL endorses The Radio Hour as its "A & R PICK."

Biography

A combination of southern gothic, surreal 70’s-prog, and folk-punk influences; a catalogue of stark, dark material with memorable hooks and dramatic swings in mood and presentation – “The Radio Hour” is a personal music experience that is unique and always seeking. Lollipop Magazine writes “The Radio Hour has a conviction all its own, still discovering the nature of pain and experience, measuring, years before judging.”

The Radio Hour is made of a veteran cast of studio and live pros. The band's live capabilties were recognized by 95.1FM as a feature of the"95.1 WIIL FM : YEAR'S BEST OF LIVE AND UNPLUGGED." Also, the band was selected as a finalist in the "2005 INDEPENDENT MUSIC WORLD SERIES - DISCMAKERS MIDWEST FINALIST,"when playing to a capacity crowd at Chicago's Elbo Room. Talent Buyers can expect intensity, musicality without pretense and a strong sense of theatre in every set.

Members of the band are vet players who have recently weekend venued at Chicago's Double Door (2006), Metro (2006), and well as long list including Schuba's, Aarogon Ballroom, Martyrs, Elbo Room, Empty Bottle, as well as Madison Art Fair on the Square, LA's "Whiskey-A-Go-Go." The Radio Hour line-up aims to continue in the tradition of its members during the 2006-2007 live performances in support of its new 2006 CD release.

Tim Hort has imposing frontperson presence in a live show, at times even reminiscent of Cash. Whether it is a full band gig in crowded bar or a solo acoustic performance in an early evening coffee shop, the music is revealing without the need for apology, with extremes from folk-punk to ctachy, yet biting, pop. The sound is Hort’s exposed search for redemption in music.

Hort’s first CD, a true-to-analog and somewhat pop effort, was selected by the College Music Journal: New Music Report as its A&R PICK. On the second full-length release, the self-titled The Radio Hour, Hort finds his own voice and takes his place as an original songwriter that’s worth exploring. On each track of The Radio Hour, Hort reaches for universal feelings usually kept private – his tools are surreal imagery, and confessional and at times, biting delivery. (The CD was engineered by Blaise Barton, whose credits include BOB DYLAN and LIZ PHAIR Phair). The CD is selling. Subsequent to the CD release, The Radio Hour was selected as a Midwest finalist in the 2005 DiscMakers/Billboard Independent Music World Series.

THE RADIO HOUR IS TOURING FOR 2006-2007 IN SUPPORT ITS FALL RELEASE EP. THE RADIO IS AVAILABLE NATIONALLY FOR BOOKINGS.

SOUNDS LIKE.....WHAT?
- "Cash as a folk-punk mix"

- "Pink Floyd joined by Paul Simon"

- "REM in an X-box"

- "edgier Mathew Sweet."

Lyrics

Missing from the Township

Written By: Tim Hort/The Radio Hour

Black wings hide-and-seek where the cornfields are higher,
They sing to a secret buried just to the knees,
Can you say with your eyes,
what I'm feeling when my memory fails me?

And now I try,
And like a firefly in the sky,
There's a need for unnatural light,
And I am the target, right?

I thought thaht you would understand,
I thought it wouldn't make me nervous,
But within the comfort there is an air that surrounds you,
Like the common ground that's in you was poisoned years ago,
So I'm behind the line, hiding.

I hope you understand.

Goodbye mother, Goodbye father,
Goodbye Red, you've lost another
Goodbye mother, Goodbye father,
Goodbye Red, you've lost another
Goodbye mother, Goodbye father,
Goodbye Red, you've lost another

Like the common ground that's in you
Is just the hurt in me taking over,
So I'll reside,
Hiding, I hope you understand.

I hope you understand

Chemistry

Written By: Tim Hort/ The Radio Hour


4:00AM and I am glazed on to my window,
I'm in the web again.
I couldn't run or turn or move
to break the fall.

And from the cradle to the stable,
I wasn't there at all
From the cradle...
I wasn't there at all.

I spent fourteen years of my life
That I still cannot see,
And I've sealed my defense
Between two walls of violence.

But now to see you it bleeds through,
And I can't even move.
To see you
Not even move...

Hanna, please don't
Hanna, please 'no.'
Hanna, please don't
Hanna, please 'no.'

Who are you to never fall down?
On Monday I work and on Monday I sleep
because it holds it in control.

And from the cradle to the stable,
"Wont you leave me alone?"
From the cradle...
"Please don't leave me alone."

Hanna, please don't
Hanna, please 'no.'
Hanna, please don't
Hanna, please 'no.'

I am not clean, real or seen.
I can't compete to keep you calm.
But if I do not rise up to there eyes,
I wont be there to watch them fall.

4:00AM and I am glazed on to my window,
Sometimes she could stop dad.
But that never stopped her from that...
from blood.
From drawing blood.

I want to come back.
I want to go to heaven.

Here and Not Coming Back

Written By: Tim Hort

HERE AND NOT COMING BACK
Words and Music by Tim Hort

Daybreaks overseas like a thousand burning degrees
A trade of violence over there
A change of season over here

I’m tracing your footsteps through the snow
Never leading home

Come back, brother, it is oil and water

I’m tracing your shadow through sunset
Would that be your silhouette?

There is no secret,
There is no secret,
There is no secret
You are here and not coming back

The ghosts from Vietnam reach for the souls lost to Iraq
Daybreaks overseas with a thousand burning degrees

Tracing dirt roads to dead ends with foreign children, yet.

There is no secret,
There is no secret,
There is no secret
You are here and not coming back

Discography

"The Radio Hour" 2007 EP
“The Radio Hour” Full-length CD (2003)
“World’s Worst Antenna” Full-length CD (1998)
Rollercoaster/ Frantic EP (1998)
2005 CD IMWS DiscMakers/Billboard Midwest Finalist (Comp)
“Here and Not Coming Back” Acoustic Single (2006)
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Soundtrack (2005)
Sample Reality (Comp)
Lollipop Issue #63 (Comp)
Lollipop Issue #64 (Comp)
Lollipop Issue #68 (Comp

Set List

See a list of previous clubs, festivals and unplugged performances under "OUT THERE" and "past shows" at www.TheRadioHour.com. Sets range from 45 minutes to 3 hours and vary at the request of the talent buyer), 4-6 players for full-band. Also, inquire about full-band 'unplugged' and solo acoustic shows. The sets may include contemporary dance from members of Chicago's Adler Danztheatre Project. Some indoor venues include high quality, imagry projections. In any event, the 'set' will be featuring tracks from the two full-length CDs and new material along with some remakes (i.e. You may here Strummer's "Straight to Hell" and Simon's "Boy in the Bubble" in the same set.)