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WEDNESDAY, NOV 29 2017, 08:00 PM

RADIAN is one of the most important and influential bands that have been dealing with the relation between structure and abstraction and gained worldwide attention, promoted by the label Thrill Jockey. In their hometown Vienna RADIAN has been influenced by and shaped the city’s vivid scene of electronica in the early 2000s.

Martin Brandlmayr (drums and electronics), John Norman (bass), and Martin Siewert (guitars and electronics) combine the traditional instrumentation of rock music with extremely minimalist, abstract structures. A short noise appears in the open space, rhythmic fragments are articulated with care, elements of noise are layered on top of each other to suddenly form a complex of individual beauty. RADIAN’s aesthetics are a subtle disruption of continuities.

The band is now on tour in the US presenting their latest album “On Dark Silent Off”. The title piece of the same name was inspired by Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky’s Outer Space, masterful black and white collage created of found footage of a horror film. The album finds Radian playing more direct and more physical than they ever have. This might derive from the fact that that pieces like "Pickup Pickout", "Rusty Machines", and "Dusty Carpets" have been centerpieces of their recent live shows. “On Dark Silent Off” has a totally unique groove and is a remarkably individual musical statement.

RADIAN’s Brooklyn show on November 29 is part of their US-tour.
Additional tour dates:
Chicago (Illinois), 11-25-2017 |
Harrisonburg (Virginia), 11-27-2017 |
Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), 11-28-2017 |
Middlebury (Vermont), 11-30-2017 |
Los Angeles (California), 12-02-2017 |
San Francisco (California), 12-03-2017 | 


Martin Siewert, who joined RADIAN in 2011, is a guitarist with range. Besides working in bands like Trapist (with Brandlmayr and Joe Williamson), the trio Fake the Facts (with Mats Gustafsson, and dieb13), and with quartet The Peeled Eye (Steve Heather, Boris Hauf, and Christian Weber), he recently has been playing a lot in New Music contexts, performing with the likes of Uli Fussenegger (Klangforum Wien), Ernesto Molinari, and Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, amongst others. In 2016 he released a duo record with pianist and composer Katharina Klement (“Hoverload”), and one with drummer Katharina Ernst (“Also”).

Martin Brandlmayr works in the field between improvised music and composition. He has performed and recorded with Otomo Yoshihide, John Tilbury, Christian Fennesz, David Sylvian and many more. He has recently focused on composition and writing for various ensembles. He currently plays as a duo with ErikM called Ecotone and has performed with and released several albums as part of Polwechsel and Trapist (with Siewert and Joe Williamson).

John Norman was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden, and has lived in Northern Italy, Glasgow (Scotland) and Innsbruck (Austria) before moving to Vienna in the mid 90s. He played bass in metal, punk and indie rock bands before joining RADIAN. Currently, he is also playing guitar and singing in a shoegaze band called Snoww Crystal.


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