JD Music’s Unsigned Spotlight

The Starling Radicals, Cardiff.

My first ‘unsigned spotlight’ is going to shine down on a young rock band who first burst into my life only months after they’d formed. The first track I heard, and loved, was ‘Mona Lisa Vampire’. Admittedly I misheard the line ‘My false icons belong to me’ as ‘My false eye don’t belong to me’ but they were raw and full of youthful energy, and so it was that The Starling Radicals joined the ‘Paradiddles Plectrums & Posers’ family some time in the first few months of 2013.

They were still teenagers then and in the ensuing 3½ years I’ve listened to them develop into a band who have been hailed earlier this year as “the hottest band in Wales right now” by one respected presenter and as “a shining example of the upside of young, British Rock” by another reviewer/musician. I do have a special relationship with this band and it’s true to say that I am like a proud mother when I receive such amazing feedback on their music.

Having started in 2013 they DIY-released their debut demo album ‘Saintland’ in August 2014. They gigged extensively all around the UK including Glasgow's Classic Grand at Hard Rock Hell 2014, and several UK Student Unions. In June that same year they played Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena supporting Labrinth – slightly mismatched genre wise you may think, but what an amazing opportunity for a young unsigned Welsh rock band to play a stage which has seen the likes of Welsh greats such as the Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics and Super Furry Animals strut their stuff.

They also won the Cardiff LMS Battle of the Bands in March 2014 and the X Festival Cardiff BOTB in 2015.