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The myth of the phoenix, which ignites and is reborn from its own ashes, seems to have been written for Sub-Radio Standard. Not only were they themselves formed from the disparate pieces of former bands, but their music explores that same theme; finding ecstatic highs out of the shuddering lows of life, brought out by thundering crescendos and a spirit of catharsis. With distinctively powerful vocals and focused songwriting beyond their years, Sub-Radio Standard is bringing a rebirth to the standard pop rock song.
Matt Prodanovich (Lead Guitar/Vocals) and John Fengya (Keyboard/Guitar) had been experimenting with melodies and riffs since 2005; but there’s only so much ground to cover with two guitarists and no rhythm section. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Pereira, with the talent to be a third guitarist, instead became a self-taught drummer in 2008 and the group started to think of itself as a band. Adam Bradley (Lead Vocals) joined the group in 2010 after the briefest of solo careers (read: two YouTube videos) and the group found a musical niche, nestling in between the piano-driven alt-rock of Oasis (“I Am The Desert”, “Interior Lighting”) and the acoustic harmonies of Jack’s Mannequin (“Nothing Wrong”, “Amber”). With the addition of a crowd-pleasing bassist in Mark (Barry) Siford and a rhythm guitarist in Mike Chinen to plug gaps in their sound, SRS was suddenly overflowing with explosively catchy songs.
Their debut self-titled album, recorded with platinum-winning producer Jim Ebert and due for digital release this summer, is a testament to the band’s rapid maturation. The band seems to shift between genres and arrangements effortlessly, all the while crafting a coherent sound. Songs like album closer “Interior Lighting” illustrate SRS’s signature style: shimmering guitars, melodic piano, and instantly recognizable vocals, building to an explosive finish. Bradley’s lyrics twist and turn, leaping from bright-eyed innocence to reflective cynicism: “Well the music’s off and the fire’s dead/But your song’s still burning in my head”. Slow-burning songs with dramatic emotional release; that’s what Sub-Radio Standard is all about.