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The Steady Hand by New Radiant Storm King
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8/10 Penrith Steve 29th July 2015

I first came across New Radiant Storm King when I was lucky enough to be in Boston, Massachusetts in 1995. I bought a split 7” with Silver Jews on one side and New Radiant Storm King on the other, not knowing who the latter were. The song was “Rocket Scientist” – I thought it was fab and set about tracking down whatever else I could by them, which was difficult living in a small town without the aid of the internet. I finally found a copy of “Hurricane Necklace” which I probably paid far too much for. Bearing in mind I thought with “Rocket Scientist”, that I’d found something close to the new Sebadoh, I was a bit disappointed with what I heard although it was okay.

A few years later I managed to get a handful of albums by them, “The Steady Hand” from 2006 was one of them. By this time my expectations had changed and what I found was a decent American indie band. Whilst they are not Sebadoh, they will appeal to their fans, I’m sure, certainly fans of Jason Loewenstein’s songs.

“The Steady Hand” is great. “The Winding Staircase”, “Fighting Off The Pricks” are fab, “Scuttled” almost matches The Lemonheads in being a great slice of melodic American indie and “Anthymn” adds a bit of crunchy rock.


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