Saturday, January 09, 2010


Beat The Radar are four Cumbrian exiles relocated to Manchester and tonight they are playing at Cafe Saki as part of an Underachievers Please Try Harder night: "Downstairs we have This Many Boyfriends from Leeds, making their Manchester debut. Currently receiving some much deserved blogging hype on the ole megaweb. Alongside them we have an absolute gem of a band in Uranium Lake, and the consistently brilliant Beat the Radar"

"To The City, From The Sea" the debut album from Beat The Radar came out late last year on Akoustik Anarkhy. Whereas some AA bands lean more to obtusely ramshackle, Beat The Radar are not in that mould. They play tightly executed, slightly shouty but marvellously old-fashioned indie. Indie as it used to be.

The AA website waxes lyrical about their latest signings:
"If you’re starting to feel that indie music has lost its heart, then Beat The Radar may be the antidote to your malaise. BTR’s debut album, To The City, From The Sea, is packed with heart-on-their-sleeve lyrics, raw vocals, chunky guitars and big, pop choruses. Named for their move from the wilds of the far northwest coast to inner city Manchester, To The City, From The Sea was recorded with producer Tom Knott (Micah P Hinson, King Creosote, The Courteeners, Emmy The Great, The Ting Tings) at Airtight Studios in Chorlton. The finished result is a proper, old fashioned debut album: plenty of upbeat songs, a couple of downbeat ones, and a brilliantly raw distillation of Beat The Radar’s raucous live shows".

I can't comment on their live shows (yet) but the album is an enjoyably punchy 34 minute listen and promises great things. (One of the standout tracks '18, 19, 20, 21, 22' was on this month's mixtape). And you can get a copy for just £7 in the Akoustick Anarkhy Shop. I just hope the current recruitment drive for a new drummer doesn't interrupt their upward trajectory or tonight's performance.

Not sure if there are any advance tickets for tonight but at these prices who's complaining? "Bands open at 9. Clubnight upstairs opens 10.30. And the fun doesn't stop til half 3. All for £4 or £3 before half 10/ anytime with a flyer".

Beat The Radar
To The City From The Sea [BUY]

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