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.
At the beginning of 2016 I promoted, via JD Music, ‘Another Shade of Gloom’ which received extensive airplay, including on BBC Radio Wales and Aaron Phillips’ Rock Show on Amazing Radio. Then in November came ‘V.I.P.’, again doing extremely well airplay wise and review wise, with the latest track ‘Sidelined’ being released several weeks ago at the end of February, with one reviewer saying “If Stereophonics had a hidden track on Performance and Cocktails, I'd hope it would be something like this.”
All three tracks are featured on their page on the JD Music website, as well as some of the amazing feedback they’ve had from both presenters and their peers alike:
If you like your rock raw and gritty with energy in abundance then do take a listen to The Starling Radicals and if you feel generous go show them some love on Facebook and Twitter and, better still, go catch one of their gigs.
All tracks can be downloaded via Bandcamp: https://thestarlingradicals.bandcamp.com/album/wasteland
If anyone wants any more information on “the hottest band in Wales” then feel free to contact me (details on JD Music website).
Jayne JD Music