Don’t the wind blow cold when you’re hangin’ your soul on the line?

I haven’t updated this in a while! Hard for me to believe but I started doing this project 5 years ago this month. Last year was really truly crazy in the life of Radiator Hospital. Super fun but exhausting. I made a concerted effort to do RH really hard last year and to really focus on it. Ever since I started playing in bands, I was always in a lot of bands at once, and RH felt like the thing that I will always be doing in the background while I’m playing all this other music. 2014 was the first year since I started RH that I didn’t play in any other bands (which is only sort of true, I made a record with Allison and went on tour twice with that project, but we never played a show that wasn’t also with RH so sort of not the same). It was a little weird to be focusing so much on this project, just because it’s stressful putting yourself out there that much, but all in all it was very rewarding. We made an LP we all really love, released Mall Of America on cassette and vinyl, put out a couple different split 7″s, went on several tours. It feels really good to make things and to create music and community with your friends.

That said, in 2015 I want to take steps back with Rad Hos. I’ve been feeling this overwhelming feeling of disappointment, confusion and disgust with the way the music industry works. It feels so good to be building something really naturally with Rad Hos, to just slowly gain fans by doing what we love as much as we can. But the more we build it, the stranger it feels to me. Of course I am endlessly thankful for all people who love this music, but I’m afraid of the capitalist system that tells me I am more deserving to make music than others, I am someone to look up to or emulate. The whole point of punk is that we don’t have to have that anymore, there aren’t rock stars anymore. I want to use my voice to lift up others who I feel are doing valuable and incredible work with their art, but it’s really scary to feel like I’m in a position where people are listening to me. I don’t feel worthy and I don’t like how it makes me feel. I don’t like how I see it make people act, it’s this terrible sickness that just infects everyone. I’m not exempt from that and I’m not making judgments on how people treat their bands. I just want to make music, it’s the only thing I’ve ever been good at, and I’ve never felt as good as I do when I’m singing a song.

I’ve been listening to a lot of CSNY, and I keep coming back to this song from Graham Nash’s “Wild Tales” LP. It really resonates with me. I’m sick of hanging my soul on the line. I want to separate my music as much as I can from the indie rock industrial complex. Now, I am not perfect and I am not trying to be. I’m sure that I will fail time and again, because the system we are working in is so fucked. But I’m just gonna try my best to be so fucking aware of everything I do. Trying to pay it forward and use whatever success we are getting to lift up the people who deserve it.

Anyways, got a couple records I’m working on that I’m excited for in 2015. Not a ton of touring for RH but we’ll be around. Keep on keepin’ on. -Sam

Torch Song US Tour

Hey we just released our new record TORCH SONG and are going on tour to celebrate! Will fill in all venues/facebook things etc as I get this info!

 

9/2 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea https://www.facebook.com/events/1484562448453462/

9/3 Columbus, OH @ Ace Of Cups 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1494495540794717

9/4 Cleveland, OH  @ Happy Dog https://www.facebook.com/events/1455724888040743/

9/5 Ann Arbor, MI https://www.facebook.com/events/292193190966632/

9/6 Grand Rapids, MI @ Vertigo Music https://www.facebook.com/events/727219440646551/

9/7 Chicago, IL @ Fireside Bowl https://www.facebook.com/events/1396355320611331/

9/8 Milwaukee, WI @Coccoon Room https://www.facebook.com/events/681645055249128/

9/9 Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon https://www.facebook.com/events/271416819710674/

9/10 Omaha, NE https://m.facebook.com/events/630783613705249

9/11 Denver, CO @ https://m.facebook.com/events/630783613705249 Mutiny Information Cafe https://www.facebook.com/events/684084335019267/

9/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court https://www.facebook.com/events/674471169306894/

9/13 Boise, ID https://www.facebook.com/events/1469714423288984/

9/14 Seattle, WA @ Black Lodge https://www.facebook.com/events/311001249058053/

9/15 Olympia, WA https://www.facebook.com/events/1525503740998368/

9/16 Portland, OR https://www.facebook.com/events/770960672969982/

9/17 Oakland, CA @ The Yellow Room https://www.facebook.com/events/945754215451331/

9/18 San Francisco, CA @ Honey Hive Gallery https://www.facebook.com/events/1466353583603713/

9/19 San Jose, CA @ House of the Dead Rat https://www.facebook.com/events/680543905372651

9/20 Los Angeles, CA https://www.facebook.com/events/758079927587972/

9/21 Long Beach, CA

9/22 San Diego, CA @ the Hideout https://www.facebook.com/events/1526264477592512/

9/23 Tempe, AZ @ Parliament Tempe https://www.facebook.com/events/436662583142812/

9/24 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge 

9/25 Oklahoma City, OK @ Blue Note

9/26 Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas https://www.facebook.com/events/868161816542208/

9/27 Beaumont, TX @ The Art Studio https://www.facebook.com/events/703840913004682/

9/28 New Orleans, LA 

9/29 Tallahassee, FL @ All Saints Cafe 

9/30 Birmingham, AL @ Seasick Records 

10/1 Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot https://www.facebook.com/events/593614784080947/ 

10/2 Athens, GA 

10/3 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor 

10/4 Raleigh, NC @ Nice Price Books 

10/5 Richmond, VA 

10/6 Washington, DC  @ the Rocketship https://www.facebook.com/events/708709635869834/

10/7 Philadelphia, PA @ Wolf Cycles https://www.facebook.com/events/1493592180880779/

10/7-10/19 solo touring the NE with future pop star Allison Crutchfield: https://www.facebook.com/events/515968325205872/

RADIATOR HOSPITAL PRESENTS: TORCH SONG

I’m really excited to finally be releasing our new LP Torch Song to the world. I truly feel like it’s the best record I’ve ever been a part of making. Something Wild felt like the purest distillation of what I wanted to do with Radiator Hospital. This record feels like it’s gone even further into what I wanted to accomplish.

This is a record about the relationships you encounter throughout your life. It’s about how sometimes you find the Perfect Person and the circumstances of your lives keep you apart. It’s about how long and weird and crazy life can be, how sometimes it feels like it never ends and you never learn anything new. This is not a happy or idealistic album. I think the overriding message of Something Wild, even with the sad songs, was that you can still hope and dream. I think this record is the opposite. What happened in the outside world while you were dreaming? What happens when you stop dreaming and start actually living your life? This record feels much more personal and real to me.

I hope you enjoy it. You can pre-order the LP here: http://www.salinasrecords.com/release/radiator-hospital/torch-song-lp/ and stream/download it here: http://radiatorhospital.bandcamp.com/album/torch-song

(note: As always I have made the record available free to download. We keep our expenses very low and honestly, making music is the most important thing in my life and I will happily spend my own money to make a record. That said, anything you donate is incredibly helpful and very much appreciated! Also bandcamp only gives you a certain amount of free downloads so if you can afford to throw me a buck, it’ll keep it free for people who can’t! Thanks.)

Tour!

Hi we are going on tour! Here are the dates and venues with facebook links where I have them.

3/21- Philadelphia @ Hub Bub Coffee w/ Crabapple, Try The Pie, Hundreds and Thousands
3/22- New Haven, CT w/ Estrogen Highs, Blessed State, Warn Leather
3/23- Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s w/ Fleabite, Ex-Magicians, Congratulations
3/24- Florence, MA @ Glemin’s House w/ Mudlark, Mystic Inane, Psychic Blood
3/27- Washington, DC @ Smash Records w/ Highway Cross, Crumms
3/28- Harrisonburg, VA* @ The Blue Nile
3/29- Durham, NC* @ The Pinhook
3/30- Atlanta, GA* @ The Earl w/ Places To Hide
3/31- Birmingham, AL* @ Bottletree
4/1- Gainesville, FL* @ The Atlantic
4/2- Tallahassee, FL* @ Club Down Under
4/3- New Orleans, LA* @ Siberia
4/4- Houston, TX* @ Mangos
4/5- Austin, TX* @ Red 7
4/6- Denton, TX (If you can help here, HMU!)
4/7- Oklahoma City, OK
4/8- Russellville, AR
4/9- Memphis, TN @ Crosstown Arts w/ Gryscl, Small Fires, Cavalier, Kid on a Milk Carton
4/10- St. Louis, MO
4/11- Michigan City, IN @ Tommy’s w/ Like Bats, Valenteens, Sweet People
4/12- Chicago, IL w/ Canadian Rifle, Mapmaker
4/13- Grand Rapids, MI @ House of Pancakes (early show) Death House (late show)
4/14- Detroit, MI @ Trumbullplex w/ Cheapshow, Bobby & Billy, Clevinger
4/15- Cleveland, OH @ Mahall’s w/ BILL FOX, Filmstrip, Exploding Lies
4/16- Columbus, OH @ Carabar w/ Pretty Pretty, Sports
4/17- Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto 

Don’t have facebook events for a lot of these but I assure you they are real! Will update things accordingly.

My Fire

My Fire

Been writing a bunch of tunes for a new LP, had the idea for this and it doesn’t really fit with what I want to do for it. Probably won’t do anything else with this, it was just something fun to do on a boring Wednesday. It’s from the perspective of a crush who’s fire I did not light. Stick around til the last half, that’s when it gets good.

-Sam

Cool Happenings

Finally home from tour and feeling really great about life in general. This tour was so refreshing and life affirming, exactly what I needed. I will never not be inspired and in awe of the power of the DIY community. I feel so incredibly lucky to get to tour and play tons of cool places, and it feels so good to meet awesome people all around the country who are doing cool stuff and who are helping other people do cool stuff.

I just released a brand new split with my friend Kyle Kaos via Already Dead Tapes that I am super excited about! A bunch of weird songs that for the most part turned out neat. I really highly recommend checking out Kyle’s half of this split, his songs are fucking brilliant and I’m tbh sort of embarrassed to even be on the flip side of this tape cuz his are a lot cooler than mine.

Also, cassettes of Mall Of America are now available for order from Double Double Whammy! Check out all the releases they have out right now, not a bad tape in the bunch, seriously honored to be in the company of these awesome music makers.

Playing 2 wildly divergent sets at 2 really cool shows coming up in Brooklyn this month. 1st up on the 12th is a solo set at the DDW showcase at Shea Stadium. Seriously sick lineup with 2 of my favorite bands Crying and Quarterbacks, plus Generifus and Frankie Cosmos! Stacked bill. Next up is a full Rad Hos rock band set on the 22nd at Baby’s All Right for MarSher’s bday party, the Indie Pop Prom! Another truly insane lineup with the tightest of homies Places To Hide, Pity Sex, and Bad Banana! Life is fucking tight.

OK I think that’s it for now… Stay tuned for more info on tours and new records and more dumb junk. Also I promise really soon that t-shirts will be available online…

And as I am making a tradition, here are all the records I bought on tour. Not as much of a buying tour as I’ve had in the past but still got a lot of killer stuff.

Records:

Windbreakers- At Home With Bobby And Tim

Windbreakers- Electric Landlady

Windbreakers- Run

Grapes Of Wrath- September Bowl Of Green

Grapes Of Wrath- Now And Again

Velvet Elvis- s/t

Stevie Nicks- The Wild Heart

Miracle Legion- You’re The One Lee single

Let’s Active- Big Plans For Everybody

Zeitgeist- Translate Slowly

The Figgs- Banda Macho

Thin Lizzy- Jailbreak

Oh Ok- Furthermore What (!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Paul McCartney- McCartney

The Silos- About Her Steps

Reddy Teddy- s/t

Chris Stamey- Instant Excitement

Todd Rundgren- Hermit Of Mink Hollow

Cassettes:

Matthew Sweet- Inside

Fleetwood Mac- Tusk

Steve Wynn- Kerosene Man

Chris Stamey- Fireworks

Richard and Linda Thompson- Shoot Out The Lights

Steve Earle- Guitar Town

John Wesley Harding- Why We Fight

John Wesley Harding- The Name Above The Title

CDs:

The Figgs- Low-Fi At Society High

Smoking Popes- Born To Quit

Plus a bunch of records, tapes and CDs from awesome bands I played with like Ovlov, Potty Mouth, Priests, Spacemen Saturday Night, Guilt Mountain, Comfy, Free Cake For Every Creature, and more!

-Sam