"Modern power-rock with a progressive slant."
Who says "Indie" can't include hard rock or progressive styles of music? If the term "indie" still has ties to it's original meaning then Radiodust is all indie. Or rather, independent, defined by: creating, writing, performing, recording, mixing and mastering music without any outside professional assistance or reliance on trends, genres, etc. Basically Radiodust is a band that Pitchfork would love to hate.
Drawing on elements of classic rock but firmly rooted in a modern, progressive style, Radiodust pulls from influences as diverse as Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Blue Oyster Cult, Queensryche, OSI, Dream Theater and more. The brainchild of songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist, John "JD" Stefan, the music of Radiodust packs all that diversity into a traditional song structure without stretching into 10-minute prog jams. At least not so far as of yet... The music is based around an aggressive 2-guitar approach supported by an intricate yet powerful rhythm section and overlaid with JD's introspective lyrics and vocals.
"I wanted to create songs that embody many of the different influences in my musical background and tastes. Radiodust is the result of that" says JD. "There's a lot going on within the context of these 4 and 5-minute songs, sort of blending everything into a fairly traditional song format. I want to perform and record songs that are not only fun to play but which also might make the listener need to listen a few times to pickup on everything that's going on, especially lyrically. The songs can mean many different things to many different people and I love stuff like that."
Radiodust was formed in late 2012 by JD when JD's band Skyward Down abruptly disbanded after completing a full-length CD release titled "The Absence Of." JD recalls, "I felt that coming but it was still a surprise and a shock given how much time and effort I put into the project. I was working with David (Madsen, drums) in that band and when it fell apart I think the second question he asked me was "what's next?"" When discussing the origins of the band JD says, "Radiodust has multiple meanings and part of it is the musical dust from the remnants of previous projects I've been involved with. It is also meant to represent a time when the airwaves had something called Album-Oriented Radio (AOR) and it wasn't uncommon to hear a whole side of an artist's album played in entirety (and I'm talking vinyl here). I like the fact that singles didn't matter like they do now, it was more about concept albums and simply following the art wherever it leads. Call it self-indulgent if you want but it was a highly creative time and I suppose I'm trying to bottle some of that and deliver it in a shorter song format. That's just the way the songs have come together so far, who knows where they'll lead..?"
JD Stefan: vocals, guitars
Pat Pfeifer: bass guitars, vocals
Trent Hill: guitars, vocals
David Madsen: drums, metronome