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Sounds Under Radio: Head vs. Heart

Sounds Under Radio: Head vs. Heart

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Austin, Texas produces some of the best indie bands around; talented groups with blessedly weird sonic underpinnings, destined for cult followings and recognition from professional appreciators who are content with successes in the anti-mainstream and prefer the intimacy of small stages. Sounds Under Radio, on the other hand, craft ambitious, blood throbbing, battered populist anthems for the post-industrial age and beyond that make us want to pump our fists in the air and sing along to the surge of rising emotion.

But that is only part of the ravaged beauty available on SUR’s sophomore album, Where My Communist Heart Meets My Capitalist Mind (released 5/3 via The MuseBox/EMI Distribution). In all the stadium stomping and amp towers there is a balance alongside slow burning ephemeral dreams replete with earnest, painfully intimate moments and melodies. This is where SUR display their touch of genius: every track is wracked with truth, emotional depth and sincerity, revealing the scars we all hide deep inside our bodies and our souls. And while they’ve been favorably compared to Brit rockers like Muse, Coldplay, Editors and Elbow, SUR have found comfort in their own unique approach. Now you can download the MP3 for their newest single, “Sing".


Since their inception, SUR have found fans at every level. In 2007, songs from their debut album, Cinematica, appeared in major motion pictures like Spider Man 3 (Sony Pictures) and The Wolfman (Universal Pictures). More recently, shiny new tracks have found similar success. “All You Wanted” was featured alongside songs by Gorillaz and the Smashing Pumpkins on the Vampire Diaries Soundtrack, and “Sing,” which premiered on Pop Matters, is making the rounds in a promo spot for FOX’s American Idol. And in a show of versatility, SUR recently performed a soulful acoustic set on Fox’s Good Day Austin, and will be doing a string of stripped down acoustic dates in mid June across the US.

Speaking of their hometown, SUR’s live showcase at this year’s SXSW was a blistering performance charged with heaven-sent arpeggios and screaming melodies that earned them a ton of respect amongst fans and industry folk alike. The band also just supported the legendary post punk rockers Echo and the Bunnymen on their tour stop through Austin on 5/7… winning over fans with their indie rock mentality juxtaposed by their stadium sized demeanor. Lead singer Lang Freeman says of their approach, “Our main goal is and has always been to write truthful, honest and great songs.” By all accounts, they are succeeding in a major way.


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