For many decades now the Pacific Northwest has been a fresh source of innovative boundary-pushing music, and since 2010 Seattle native and musical veteran, John Morgan Reilly, has been continuing that tradition with his eccentric brand of songwriting with his band, Radioactive X Girlfriend (RxGF).
In early 2013, John began collaborating with Seattle vocalist, Angeline, and the two musicians are currently preparing for a decidedly more electronic incarnation. With Angeline's voice clearly front and centre in most songs now, Radioactive X Girlfriend's sound has allowed for more space which naturally emphasizes the cabaret and calm of Angeline's jazz-goth vocal stylizations. The duo continue to play live and record, often with guest musicians and a full-length 2013 release is all but completed and due for release in October.
The band has a history of collaborating and recording with many musicians including New Zealand born British singer-songwriter Daniel Bedingfield, Josh Greenberg (The Ruby Doe), Dave Brozowski (Catheters, Tall Birds), Dave Rosser (Twilight Singers, Mark Lanegan), Jol'e Williams (So A.D.D.), and producer Jonathan Plum (Blind Melon, Candlebox, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden). The diversity of musical talent sculpts their dynamic sound which tends to vary in genre between each release.
By way of example, 2012's All Blade No Handle is a classic sampler of their wide range of musical ability. The band's unique sound blends acoustic and electronic in a way that allows the music to cross genres-- from Shoegaze to Neo Folk, from closed-fisted alt rock to ambient psychedelic soundtrack. The band's sound is cinematic and ominous in nature, and continues to soar to greater heights with their craftily guilded electronic edge.
All Blade No Handle steers toward the moodier moments from The Art of Splitting (ie: Resurrection, Fade Into Forever, Comb Over, Hold You) and showcases some haunting candlelit storytelling similar in feel to that of Leonard Cohen, Mark Lanegan, or even Nick Cave. And rather than duplicating the aggressive and quirky riffs that grace their debut effort, All Blade No Handle builds itself gracefully around the unique musical dialogue between John and Jol'e.
Although the band's second full-length release, All Blade No Handle, is perched nicely on the darker limbs of the Electro-Folk genre, the origins of their flight can soundly be traced upwind to their 2011 full-length alternative rock debut, The Art of Splitting (Orange Allies).