Free from the their major label ties, the band Radford has been hard at work re-establishing themselves on their upcoming new EP entitled "Black Out the Sun", which will be available for download on Alternative Addiction starting March 28th. The album will also be available in CD from the band's website at www.radfordband.com in the upcoming weeks as well.
The new EP will mark the first release from Radford in over two years, since the band released "Sleepwalker" in early 2004. While "Sleepwalker" was easily one of the most impressive releases of that year, it suffered the same fate as the band's debut record, poor promotion and support from the record label.
Having recorded "Sleepwalker" entirely on his own, Radford front man Jonny Mead told Alternative Addiction he wanted to do things a little different for this new EP.
"It is and its different for me because the guys that I found to take on the road with me in 2004, having done the last record really on my own, I really wanted to get them involved for them to feel like they are a strong part of it, and that has been a really strong part of it and one that I have really enjoyed. Doing the last record was kinda fun that way, but a really lonely process. So itís kinda fun having people coming in and out of the studio, and contributing."
The EP is currently being mastered, and while its taken Mead and the band quite a while to write and record it, he's pleased with his results.
"In the end itís worth taking the timeÖitís funny for me because Iím so used to doing demos as sort of a pre-production thing or doing a full record, so this is the first time Iíve found myself trying to do something thatís good enough to put out there on a smaller budget with slightly less resources, but itís coming out good."
Evident in all the previous records Radford has done, Mead takes pride in writing solid albums, without tracks just thrown in to fill space on the album.
"I always wanted to have a record that is strong from start to finish. Which I think just comes from listening to all the records that I enjoyed growing up, and key records to me were like that, so I never wanted to be like 'Well, I have 2 or 3 songs covered so Iíll just fill up the rest of the record with whatever else.' Iíve always wanted to make each track able to stand on its own, and as a result it often takes a while to get there, but in the end I think its worth it to have that to look back on and not be able to say 'Ah, well I just threw that song on because I needed one extra song.'
And Fans can expect nothing less from the new EP when it becomes available March 28th. Alternative Addiction will make their entire interview with Jonny Mead from Radford available to read and listen to excerpts from, starting March 20th. A song from the new EP will be featured on the Top 20 chart in the coming weeks as well.