Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Radio Birdman reunites, tours Australia and North America

The legendary Aussie punk band Radio Birdman has reunited and made a new record, Zeno Beach. They are presently touring their home continent with the BellRays, and will arrive in North America for a limited tour in August. The new album will be released here by Yep Roc on August 22.

Founding guitarist Deniz Tek is joined by singer Rob Younger and original Birdmen Pip Hoyle, Chris Masuak and Jim Dickson, plus Russell Hopkinson from You Am I on drums. I would love to be there to hear Rusty beating the tom-tom rolls on "Descent into the Maelstrom"!

The band plays LA 8/30 and SF 8/31. Then on to Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, DC, NYC, Cambridge MA, and Montreal. These will be Radio Birdman's first shows in North America. When the band first formed (over 30 years ago), Deniz Tek (a Detroit native) found like-minded Australian musicians who were into American pre-punk bands like the Stooges, the MC5, and Blue Oyster Cult. Sub Pop's anthology The Essential Radio Birdman is truly essential listening.

Here's a song from the 1987 vinyl release on Sire Records that didn't make it to the CD anthology. "Hit Them Again" was co-written by Deniz Tek and Ron Asheton of the Stooges. The fidelity of this track is not perfect, but if you've never heard the band it will give you an idea of their manic precision.

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