My Radio could easily be on the road all the time. But this pop-rock quartet from Roanoke has other ideas about how to make music work for it.
Everyone in the band has his own successful work happening. Frontman/keyboardist J.P. Powell and drummer Hunter Johnson co-own the restaurant Lucky, where we did this podcast. Bassist Jeff Hofmann is gigging with someone, somewhere, just about all the time — except when he’s holding down the big strings for this band. And guitarist Brett Lemon is a photographer with lots of gigs, including one that had him in Arizona on the day the rest of the band met up with me at Lucky.
But My Radio sure gets the bang out of its musical output. Its “Yeah Yeah Yeah” was in the movies (“The Joneses”) and TV (“Homeland”) — the type of real money success that funded the band’s forthcoming album, “Starts in the East Falls in the West.” A song from that disc, “Life Is A Bitch Slap,” could see the same kind of success. Then again, the new disc is full of songs that people will want to hear. The band headlines a CD release show on Saturday at Kirk Avenue Music Hall.
Read more about it in Thursday’s Inside Out. And check out this podcast, which features streaming music from the new disc — “Something New,” “Aliens” and “Life Is A Bitch Slap.”