Radiator Hospital
Play The Songs You Like


4.5
superb

Review

by Conmaniac CONTRIBUTOR (49 Reviews)
October 26th, 2017 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: for the people you love

I already miss the days of my past, and Radiator Hospital’s newest only works to exacerbate this longing, reigniting those youthful, carefree feelings nestled deep inside the cabinets of my brain. It doesn’t help that the people within my musical clique of sorts, have all adored, covered, and praised the band since the first drunken house party of our college careers. In fact, I recall one of my friends once divulging, “I’ll never forget the day I heard Sam Cook’s voice for the first time...it was life-changing ”. Melodramatic, sure, but the more I listen to the group the more his glowing earnesty shines through the strained, desperate croons. A frontman that is as honest with his lyrics as his delivery; the shifts in tones and feelings often mirroring his articulations and inflections. Although always tinged with an apprehensive misery, it’s the adorably uplifting melodies that spring spontaneous fits of dancing and singalongs. Play the Songs You Like fittingly clings onto their past; a comforting blanket of party punk that produces this looping stream of glistening nostalgic bubbles that are all the more appealing to watch float by.

‘Pastoral Radio Hit’ is an early blender of emotions, brazenly calling forth to the timidly reserved moments between fleeting splashes of color and shades of mono-secrecy. While “I've been in your head, been on your mind//End up in your bedroom half the time//Feeling like I'm a part of your life is forthright and a stunningly built groundwork for the thrashing resolve, it eerily repeats in a glamorized, dream-state nature. It’s a compelling thought amidst a sea of positivity and raw honesty that spills over from riff to response. Yet this is only the start of a journey that has a backbone stretched across the drunken basements, allowing for such a medley of escaped reservations and new beginnings. It’s an exciting push through the crowd, however, as the band screeches across blissful punk riffs with an impassioned aura for a handful of tracks afterwards. It’s of course as intoxicating as the substances consumed before and during the performance (hint: take a quick smoke break outside while they loop around in ‘Also Ran’). Fittingly or not this pause marks the divide between two halves closely intertwined in each others’ thoughts and call outs. ‘People at the Show’ points out the dishonest newcomers while still managing to be a song thriving in honesty. Although the stark, bitter sentiment of people “acting like they understand how we’re feeling “ is a bit off-putting, it’s a necessary conjecture which makes the apprehensive ending question all the more satiating. It’s here where suddenly you look around and the crowd has halved yet somehow grown stronger and closer together around the more desperate pleas and bouts of (b)latencies.

In my experience, I think ‘Dance Number’ and ‘Absolutely Positive’ prove to be the instant sparks of popcorn reactions across the typed conversations of my good friends. The former conjures thoughts of uncomfortable self-reflections, yet gorgeously transposes them into a glimpse of clarity. It marks the path of the beginning of the exit of sorts, as it's when you ask to yourself “why am I crying and dancing" " It makes you feel at home for a moment while reminding you what it is like to be human as nothing is served in polarities. Because of such realities, it makes sense that a friend has consistently told me he’s “shed a tear or two” to the track as it reflects the anxious mind to an evocative degree. The latter is simply a look at a perfect goodbye, both in music form and in final acquaintance partings (will you see them at the next show" Who knows"). In that sense it is bittersweet, but it’s really one of the most calming melodic explorations the band expands on as they explore the art of an unwavering farewell through a soothing sprinkle of rose pollen particles. It’s almost apologetic for the allergic reaction, yet it somehow knows that the sudden sneeze is a satisfying feeling of closure. If college were to go on for longer I think I’d hear myself yell “yeah I know that I'm a fool when I go wild “ on a concrete floor with familiar faces scattered about. For now, I'm hoping that simply the conjured imagery is enough to look back on; a fabricated memory that's more telling than life itself. So in order to burn the artificial scene into my mahogany mental cabinets, I'm constantly hitting

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey con back from the dead (in more ways than one) and you should peep this album, really hit home when it came out this week.

stream: https://radiatorhospital.bandcamp.com/

criticism/feedback always welcome and oh special love to Blush for helping me out (:

UniqueUniverse
October 26th 2017


7769 Comments


This sounds like it's one of those skate punk or surf punk bands. Is that so?

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no they are a lot more genuine and feelsy instead of fast paced and anarchist but you're kinda close

AsleepInTheBack
October 26th 2017


5106 Comments


"as they explore the art of an unwavering farewell through a soothing sprinkle of rose pollen particles. It’s almost apologetic for the allergic reaction, yet it somehow knows that the sudden sneeze is a satisfying feeling of closure." dems some lovely words

AsleepInTheBack
October 26th 2017


5106 Comments


"Because of such" seems incorrect in the third para. otherwise this is a beaut. spiritual pos man, seeing you constantly improve and develop as a writer is great to see

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

added a word there, thanks for that. and thank you dude! means a lot, I like that string of words as well, I think.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RIP the avg, why the 2 ):

BlushfulHippocrene
October 26th 2017


2013 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love you, Connor. Great review. I might rate this a 4 after a few more listens. (:

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

please do, the avg is dropping as we speak !!

also much love for the feat (:

FreddieDelaney31
October 27th 2017


3331 Comments


Ohhhh excited to listen
What a fantastic review man, well deserving of the feature!

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

much love freddie, i have a feeling you'll love this too

dimsim3478
October 27th 2017


7697 Comments


yay i've missed sam and his stupid voice

butcherboy
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2017


5656 Comments


one of my favourites of yours so far, Con.. nice one.. would pos if i could, but i can't so, so i won't..

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aw means a lot Butcher! and same dim, it's a lovely sound to hear (:

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you silent raters are killing me with ur 2s/2.5s

verdant
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2017


1875 Comments


what is this review holy shiIIIiIIt some of the imagery here is :ooooo, the end of the second paragraph especially. you continue to improve cone, will listen to this today.

FadedSun
October 28th 2017


1750 Comments


Radiator Hospital? "Let's just pick the first two things that come to our minds when we make our band name"

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 28th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

standard band name yea

and thanks jack bb, im just tryna catch up to my fellow reviewing peers (; much love

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2017


19671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you guys are KILLIN me softly with this avg, definitely as good as Something Wild, if not better

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2017


22699 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wonderful write-up Con, agreed with jack that your review game keeps getting better and better



haven't heard this band, I'm on it

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