Ra­di­a­tors dig deep for new al­bum

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News - lmur­phy@irish­times.com

Ir­ish punk stal­warts The Ra­di­a­tors from Space are the lat­est band to sign up to Fun­dIt.ie, the pub­lic-funded web­sit. The band, who re­formed in 2004, plan to use the money raised via the site to record Amuse­ments, an al­bum of cover songs by bands that were in­flu­en­tial in shap­ing their sound.

“The beat mu­sic made in Ire­land be­tween 1964 and 1971 tells a sort of al­ter­na­tive his­tory of how Ir­ish rock mu­sic be­gins to de­velop into the eclec­tic hy­brid we now have,” lead singer and Pogues gui­tarist Phil Chevron said. “Apart from Rory, Skid, Lizzy and Horslips – all of whom get their due on our al­bum – there is no real pre­his­tory of how the mu­sic de­vel­oped. It didn’t look like any­one else was go­ing to ex­plore it, so we made a de­ci­sion to do so.”

As for their de­ci­sion to go down the Fun­dIt route, Chevron said it was a ne­ces­sity. “In an ideal world, the Arts Coun­cil would be fund­ing projects by artists of the proven merit of The Ra­di­a­tors, but, as it’s not an ideal world, we are grate­ful to have the op­por­tu­nity to raise money this way.”

Pre-pro­duc­tion has al­ready started, and the al­bum will be re­leased “as soon as is fea­si­ble”. fun­dit.ie

Heat­ing up again: Chevron play­ing with The Ra­di­a­tors from Space in 1977

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