Magical Dirt by Radio Moscow on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Radio Moscow, largely the work of Parker Griggs, records as a true power trio this time around. Drummer Paul Marrone joins up with Parker and bassist Anthony Meier for more late-‘60s and early-‘70s debauchery. Griggs clearly knows the catalogs of Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and other acts of the era, and his songwriting and production style are clearly an homage to the times when serious stereo mixes were all the rage (just listen to the wild panning during “So Alone” and “These Days”). “Sweet Lil Thing” plays with the slow blues, while the bass and lead guitar syncopations throughout the album are a wondrous thing to behold. The riffs guiding “Death of a Queen,” “Bridges,” “Gypsy Fast Woman," and most tracks on the album are birthed in the boogie and the blues, which eventually fell out of favor with rock fans as audiences splintered and followed either the heavy metal of the ‘70s or progressive rock. In 2014, it’s not a matter of progress but of nailing down the genre correctly. In that case, Radio Moscow are at the top of the class.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Radio Moscow, largely the work of Parker Griggs, records as a true power trio this time around. Drummer Paul Marrone joins up with Parker and bassist Anthony Meier for more late-‘60s and early-‘70s debauchery. Griggs clearly knows the catalogs of Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and other acts of the era, and his songwriting and production style are clearly an homage to the times when serious stereo mixes were all the rage (just listen to the wild panning during “So Alone” and “These Days”). “Sweet Lil Thing” plays with the slow blues, while the bass and lead guitar syncopations throughout the album are a wondrous thing to behold. The riffs guiding “Death of a Queen,” “Bridges,” “Gypsy Fast Woman," and most tracks on the album are birthed in the boogie and the blues, which eventually fell out of favor with rock fans as audiences splintered and followed either the heavy metal of the ‘70s or progressive rock. In 2014, it’s not a matter of progress but of nailing down the genre correctly. In that case, Radio Moscow are at the top of the class.

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About Radio Moscow

Named for the pre-Cold War precursor to the propaganda outlet Voice of Russia, Radio Moscow are a blues-rock trio from Ames, Iowa, with a similarly anachronistic retro feel. Where bands like the Black Keys (whose guitarist Dan Auerbach produced Radio Moscow's debut album) and the White Stripes play with a stripped-down, modern take on the old power trio sound, Radio Moscow hark back to the glory days of the power trio, when Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Blue Cheer roamed the earth and the power of the Marshall stack was unquestioned. Radio Moscow formed in Ames in 2004, a collaboration between two garage punk enthusiasts whose tastes had shifted into the heavy side of late-'60s psychedelia. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and drummer Parker Griggs and bassist Luke McDuff approached Auerbach with a demo following a Black Keys gig, and the more established musician was impressed enough to both produce their debut album and to get the duo signed to his label, Alive Records. Although Griggs and McDuff recorded their self-titled first album as a duo, the pair hired drummer Mayuko to complete the trio for live purposes shortly before the album's release. The band continued as a two-piece for 2009's Brain Cycles and 2011's The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz. In 2012, Alive released 3 & 3 Quarters, an album Griggs recorded by himself in 2003 when he was 17 years old and much more heavily influenced by Pebbles-style garage rock. For the 2014 album Magical Dirt, Radio Moscow unveiled a new lineup, with Griggs joined by a fresh rhythm section, bassist Anthony Meier and drummer Paul Marrone. Now officially a power trio, the group documented its new on-stage force with the 2016 release Live in California. ~ Stewart Mason

  • ORIGIN
    Ames, IA
  • FORMED
    2004

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