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Upcoming shows: The Burning Hell... Theme Park... Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton... The Rural Alberta Advantage... Half Waif... Andy Shauf... Elisa... The Handsome Family... Man & The Echo... Meilyr Jones... Mark Eitzel... Haley Bonar... Skinny Lister... Lowly... Jenn Grant... Angel Olsen...

When: 7.30pm on Tuesday 3 May 2016
Where: The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show has been cancelled. Refunds are available from the point of purchase.

We’re excited to be working with Portland’s Radiation City for the first time!

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In late 2013, with two well-received full-length albums and an EP under its belt, Radiation City got the itch. The band had built a strong following in their native Portland and connected with fans around the world, and from the outside, the path seemed clear enough: find a great producer to work with and further develop the smooth, space-age doo-wop sound that had put them on the map in the first place.

But on the inside, things weren’t so simple. Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison, Radiation City’s founding couple, were falling apart. Rad City, a tight-as-family band that always seemed to work so effortlessly off- and on-stage, were on the verge of calling it quits.

Then a funny thing happened: Spies and Ellison got together to record some new, urgent and semi-spontaneous songs and rediscovered that old magic. ‘None of it felt rushed, or belabored,’ Spies says. ‘It was honest and unafraid.’

Of course, it was also the product of just 40 percent of the group. So, in the face of ambivalence and the band’s impending implosion, Ellison and Spies decided to do something they’d never done before: they transformed Radiation City from a democracy into a monarchy. They curated a new tracklist for the third full-length (half new songs and half old ones), enlisted Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Riley Geare to be their studio drummer, and found their great producer in John Vanderslice (Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie) of Tiny Telephone Studios.

The band’s issues didn’t end with these revelation – Spies and Ellison broke up temporarily and called off their wedding, one band member was let go, and only half of the group went to San Francisco to record the tracks for the new album – but the die was cast.

Radiation City were not going to polish up its old style for Synesthetica; it was going to completely overhaul both its process and its sound. After recording with Vanderslice, the band took its new directive back to Portland and turned to Jeremy Sherrer (Modest Mouse, Gossip) at Ice Cream Party to flesh out the studio sessions.

In contrast – or, perhaps, in response – to all the human drama involved in creating Synesthetica, the album itself turned into something otherworldly.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show has been cancelled. Refunds are available from the point of purchase.

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