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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

RADIO MOSCOW'S PREVIOUS LINEUP OFFICIALLY DISSOLVES ONSTAGE LAST SATURDAY AT THE START OF THEIR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AS A BLOODY MELEE BREAKS OUT

RADIO MOSCOW'S PREVIOUS LINEUP OFFICIALLY DISSOLVES ONSTAGE LAST SATURDAY AT THE START OF THEIR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AS A BLOODY MELEE BREAKS OUT BETWEEN BAND MEMBERS
DRUMMER HURLS FRONTMAN PARKER GRIGGS' OWN GUITAR INTO GRIGGS' HEAD - SENDING HIM TO THE EMERGENCY WARD TO RECEIVE 14 STITCHES TO THE FOREHEAD

WITH ONLY ONE DAY TO PREPARE, GRIGGS RETOOLS RADIO MOSCOW FOR NATIONAL TOUR WITH NEW BASSIST & DRUMMER

ALIVE NATURALSOUND RECORDS NEW LABEL COMPILATION WHERE IS PARKER GRIGGS? FEATURING EXCLUSIVE TRACKS FROM RADIO MOSCOW, HACIENDA, BUFFALO KILLERS, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES & MORE OUT TODAY

FREE DOWNLOAD OF RADIO MOSCOW'S PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK "THE STRANGER"
Radio Moscow frontman Parker Griggs after receiving 14 stitches to the forehead last Saturday night.

Hostile screaming. Projectile guitars. Open head-wounds. And plenty of blood. Radio Moscow's live shows have long been known to be explosive, but last Saturday night at the start of their North American tour the band, unintentionally, took it to new heights as they had a physical meltdown onstage during their hometown record release show in Ames, IA.

With internal friction between the threesome at a fever-pitch, the band made it to the final song of their setlist before things came to a head. Literally. The drummer grabbed frontman Parker Griggs guitar and, according to Griggs, hurled it as hard as he could at the guitarist, leaving a gaping wound in his forehead and blood everywhere. Griggs was then rushed to the local emergency room, where he received 14 stitches.


Needless to say that was the end of this particular incarnation of Radio Moscow (but then Parker always has toured with an ever-changing set of guitarists and drummers in the past, not to mention that he plays all of the instruments on Radio Moscow's albums). With only one day before their Chicago show, Griggs enlisted two new musicians into the band - bassist Billy Ellsworth from San Diego and drummer Lonnie Blanton from Salt Lake City, who flew into Chicago yesterday and arrived at the venue just hours before their gig. Radio Moscow is reborn and once again ready to rock the nation... hopefully now with a lot less bloodshed.

Radio Moscow are on tour (with Swedish rockers Graveyard) in support of their new full-length The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz on Alive Naturalsound Records.

And in other related Radio Moscow-related news, today marks the release of Alive Records' new label compilation entitled Where Is Parker Griggs? featuring exclusive material from HACIENDA, RADIO MOSCOW, BUFFALO KILLERS, BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and more. This compilation showcases the many facets of this respected L.A.-based indie imprint, founded by Patrick Boissel 17 years ago. From garage rock, psych, punk, deep blues and Tejas garage-soul, Where Is Parker Griggs? is an impressive overview of some of the new blood currently pumping through Alive - the first label to have the taste and insight to sign not only The Black Keys and Two Gallants, but all of the remarkable acts on this collection, along with many others. This album also features an early preview from Alive's latest signing, the rootsy psyouthern soul of Birmingham, AL rock quartet LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES, whose full-length debut lands April 2012.



Where Is Parker Griggs? is out today as a 180 GRAM VINYL Ltd. Edition and Digital download, the latter which also features two additional bonus tracks from LEFT LANE CRUISER and THE BLOODY HOLLIES.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND SHARE RADIO MOSCOW'S PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK "THE STRANGER" FROM THE NEW ALIVE RECORDS COMP WHERE IS PARKER GRIGGS?



RADIO MOSCOW / GRAVEYARD 2012 TOUR DATES
01/10/12 Ace of Cups, Columbus OH (without Graveyard)
01/12/12 Bowery Ballroom, New York NY
01/13/12 Middle East, Cambridge MA
01/14/12 North Star Bar, Philadelphia PA
01/15/12 Golden West, Baltimore MD
01/16/12 DC9, Washington DC
01/17/12 Strange Matter, Richmond VA
01/18/12 Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte NC
01/19/12 Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC
01/20/12 Exit / In, Nashville TN
01/21/12 The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
01/22/12 Hi-Tone Café, Memphis TN
01/23/12 Dave's Skate Park, Texarkana, TX (without Graveyard)
01/24/12 Fitzgerald’s, Houston TX
01/25/12 Mohawk, Austin TX
01/27/12 Yucca Tap Room, Tempe AZ
01/28/12 Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles CA
01/29/12 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz (without Graveyard)
01/30/12 Café Du Nord, San Francisco CA
01/31/12 Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR
02/01/12 The Tractor, Seattle WA
02/21/12 Humboldt Brews, Arcata, CA (without Graveyard)



HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT RADIO MOSCOW'S RECENT ALBUM THE GREAT ESCAPE OF LESLIE MAGNAFUZZ:

“Fifty minutes of psyche-rock fireworks…. like spending an evening with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy and The Black Keys.” - ROLLING STONE

“Over the course of two records (their self-titled debut and their superb stoner rock knockout Brain Cycles), Parker Griggs and Zach Anderson have forged a tripped-out landscape that has taken them to mainstream, if not hipster, appeal. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz firmly feeds from the teat of late sixties and seventies Nuggets comp forefathers, vocal effects and hallucinogens dripping from the speakers and the psychedelic, heavy, effects-driven guitar of Griggs will either win new converts to the Radio Moscow love-in or make some super stoned fans very happy. Either way, the platter's a winner.” – BLURT MAGAZINE
"Californian-based band lovingly concoct a Cream/Hendrix inspired album of cosmic blues. Mainman Parker Griggs is a great guitarist and he’s clearly having a ball.... exhilarating stuff." - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH / UK

“Rock music as the gods intended.” – AMES TRIBUNE

“With the release of the third LP, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz, Radio Moscow bring their original brand of hard blues rock with a psychedelic tinge and take it to new heights.” - GHETTOBLASTER MAGAZINE

“Few bands can compete with the fury of Parker Grigg’s agile, furious funk guitar, and with each Radio Moscow release, it seems he becomes an even more charismatic performer. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz ditches the high-fidelity sound of Brain Cycles and instead focuses on Grigg’s impressive improvisational skills. The compositions on this album are wild and ambitious, breaking out into hysterical jamming that never sounds forced, because everything the man plays sounds so damn smooth. Keep an eye out for these guys… they put on a killer show.” – SLUG MAGAZINE

“Superb third album from Akron, Ohio-based blues rock band Radio Moscow, who take the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Cream and completely refresh them.” – PENNY BLACK MUSIC / UK

“Psychedelic, acid-laced guitar-based rock that will shake you to your soul.” - MUSIC SAVAGE

“Radio Moscow is as close as you can get to the dirty, growling and honest heart of power trio rock without a DeLorean. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is a victory for Radio Moscow in general and Parker Griggs in particular. The Story City, IA front man is possibly the most singularly gifted guitarist working today. This is your father’s rock, in all the best ways.” – CITYVIEW / DES MOINES

“A bona fide blues-meets-psych-rock staple.”- SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY

“Radio Moscow has released three albums blending blues and hard stoner rock on Alive Natural Sound Records, but in contrast with label-mates The Black Keys and Left Lane Cruiser, they add a potent psychedelic sound to the mix, bringing to mind late ‘60s/early ‘70s bands such as Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, Flower Travellin’ Band and Cream.” – SSG MUSIC

The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is a piping hot batch of overdriven, wah-wah and THC-soaked jams and is Paker Grigg’s homage to the heavier sounds of the Age of Aquarius. Radio Moscow's music is a bottom-heavy blues-bomb, with grooves that recall MC 5 and the contemporary Black Mountain, and shredding like a more structurally minded Jack White, with each note bleeding into the next under a sea of overdrive.” - GOOD TIMES WEEKLY

“Parker Griggs and his band take it to the next level of power-trio psychedelic blues-rock with their third album, The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz. The album opens in full hypersonic stride, with the bass and drums threatening to run away from the ear-clearing wails of Parker’s fuzzed guitar, and the bombast doesn’t let up until disc’s end. There are a few production touches – stereo pans, phase effects and feedback – but the bulk of the album is straightforward, take-no-prisoners hard rock.” - HYPERBOLIUM

“A solid collection of blues-metal-psych-boogie for your buck. Not much for pondering their navels or gazing at their shoelaces, Parker Griggs and company pound out rock and roll with chops, foot firmly on the fuzz/wah pedal and stop-on-a-dime dynamics… the results are gratifying.” - LOS GRILLOS

“Radio Moscow bleeds Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. They are not a normal blues group. They are not a normal psychedelic stoner-rock group. They are Radio Moscow, and this album cements their sound and place as an eclectic group in today's music scene.” - ALL CAMPUS RADIO NETWORK

“If you’re into blues, classic rock, Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix then this record is about to send you to heaven. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is just another gem to add to the amazing collection of this band.” - DR. DOOM’S LAIR

“Radio Moscow are aficionados of the golden age of dusty rock, and clearly proud to admit it. There’s no hint of any of that sad-sack ‘ironic’ nostalgia at work here; this is the real deal, delivered with due reverence and plenty of enthusiasm. The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz starts off with a hiss and a roar and never really lets up. It reverberates with stacks of thunderous fundamental riffs that have been twisted into some hard-rockin’, good-times, prehistoric metal. Do yourself a big favour and seek this one out immediately. I’m off to invest in their first few albums; you best do the same, brother.” – MANUAL MAGAZINE / NEW ZEALAND

“A muscular combination of effects, feedback, and sound-towers that makes for a bracing listen next to Hendrix, Blue Cheer, and Robin Trower.” – DAGGERZINE

“The band has a style and rhythm reminiscent of Blue Cheer and MC5, but with—believe it or not—more impressive guitar work. For those desiring music with layers, Radio Moscow is every bit as bluesy as it is early garage.” – SANTA FE REPORTER

“If you’re fond of classic grooves from acts like 10 Years After, Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, these guys are definitely worth checking out.” – IDAHO STATESMAN

[4/5 stars] “A rocker's fantasy… Radio Moscow's new album The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz encloses music of unabashed retro-rock that evokes the late ‘60s era of JimI Hendrix and psychedelic blues-rock, and provides a musical renaissance in today's rock music dominated by indie and alternative bands." - THE HIGHLANDER

“Ames, Iowa's Radio Moscow possess big, fuzzy riffs, a drummer who makes the full use of his toms, and a vocalist who may or may not have time traveled here from the Summer of Love. This is some sprawling stuff and all expertly executed. A rock blowout.” - THE STRANGER WEEKLY / SEATTLE

“This album comes on like an unholy mix of Blue Cheer and The Black Keys.” – ELECTRIC GHOST MONTHLY / UK

“Filled with delicious, heavy and spacy guitar solos. It rocks, hard, but is plenty psychedelic. These guys are completely and unapologetically committed to a heavy rock sound. I could throw enticing influences (Blue Cheer, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) at you all day, and continue to play the Black Keys card, if that would induce you to give a listen. If you're not familiar with their previous records, and you like this sound at all, you’re in for a treat.” - WHEN YOU MOTOR AWAY

“Cream would be proud. And if Hendrix were alive, he’d be honored. This power-trio created by two children of the corn, and a Colorado add-on create some of the most energetic music I’ve heard in a while. With a mix of traditional blues rhythms, upbeat boogie, psychedelic pedal effects, and cataclysmic solos that can peel the paint off the walls, the music that Radio Moscow produces is truly a jaw-dropping experience.” - TYMPANOGRAM

“Perfect for dirty, caveman garage-rock thrashing… Radio Moscow will rock your face off.” - LISTEN, DAMNIT

“Craving something raucous and loud? These psychedelic blues rockers continually put out underrated records that are awe-inspiring and thunderous, including their third studio album The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz (what a ridiculously fantastic title).” - PAX AMERICANA

“Now a full-fledged power trio, Radio Moscow prove conclusively that they’ve attained the honour of being lauded as the spawn of Cream and Blue Cheer. Retrogressive? Possibly, but there’s plenty of honest frustration in these riffs.” - HEARTBREAK TRAIL

“This heavy trio breathes the essence of drugged-out hard thumping rock and roll music. If the initial screech of Parker Griggs’ guitar doesn’t tell you that in the first 10 seconds, you aren’t listening. Radio Moscow is prepping their third release titled The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz, a title so befitting of their soundscape. Its fuzzy, screeching, ‘60s hard rock and roll. Griggs’ musicianship should be heralded in this fashion, he puts together some of the most ridiculous acid-laced guitar soloing. He’s remarkable. These guys set the bar for retro psych hard rock; and its really exciting to get to hear more from them.” - MUSIC SAVAGE

“Explosive live performances.” - DESERET NEWS / SALT LAKE CITY

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