Favorites of the Fresno, CA underground, Rademacher pridethemselves on small band values that seem almost archaic in theInternet age. Cross-country tours in a van helped propagate threehomemade EPs and earned the band a shot at studio time with a realproducer. Now with Earlimart's Aaron Espinoza (Kim Deal, Elliot Smith) spotting them, Rademacher have attempted Stunts,their first LP. Luckily, quite practiced compared to today's crop ofindie rock newcomers, broader first impressions bode well for thequartet.
Exhibit A is a non-album demo exclusive, "WhatHappened to Yr Friends," that displays Rademacher's breadth as theycraft a truly earnest and epic track. Meanwhile, Stunts sample"If U Got Some Magic" displays an astute wit when asking, "If you knowthe city, then why can't you find a place to get your hair cut?" Noticethe growth without surrender. In both tracks, what's clear is theconsistency with which the expertly slack songs stay gritty withoutsacrificing tune or tightness. Poppy without being overly perky, theseCali boys aren't all sunshine -- check the almost-Arcade Fireapocalyptic piano slams on "Magic" or the echo and feedback haunting"Friends." Still, the hooks and melodies catch unexpectedly, likewalking into that near-invisible spider web, as frontman Malcolm Sosa'stender falsetto harmonies creep up from behind during the frailestmoments of "Friends." Rademacher do their own Stunts -- self-releasing their debut this week!
Now Hear This:
Rademacher - "What Happened to Yr Friends" DOWNLOAD MP3
Rademacher - "If U Got Some Magic" DOWNLOAD MP3
On the Web:
Rademacher at MySpace
Talk: Does Rademacher have the 'Magic' to turn "Friends" into fans?