The Radiators From Space


Sound City BeatChiswick ****

History lessons don’t come much more focused, interesting and boisterous than Sound City Beat, which sees the veteran Irish punk band covering 18 Irish beat group tunes that were originally released between 1964 and 1971. For people aged 45 or under, this is a forgotten era in Irish rock music, but for original Radiators members Philip Chevron, Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid, it was a boom time for soaking up influences and forming cultural identities. Chevron’s engaging, erudite sleeve notes provide all the capsule information you need to know about this essentially underground scene, while for the listener the pleasure arrives in hearing music that paved the way for an alternative musical/cultural narrative to Ireland’s showband and ballad scenes.

Download tracks:It’s Happened Before, It’ll Happen Again, Dublin, Never an Everyday Thing