Trouble Pilgrim

Trouble Pilgrim

by The Radiators
     
 
Only 27 years after Ghostown, the Radiators from Space have finally gotten around to making their third studio album (they were sidetracked by little things, such as breaking up in 1981 and Philip Chevron spending most of the '80s and '90s in the Pogues), and it's good to report that some

Overview

Only 27 years after Ghostown, the Radiators from Space have finally gotten around to making their third studio album (they were sidetracked by little things, such as breaking up in 1981 and Philip Chevron spending most of the '80s and '90s in the Pogues), and it's good to report that some things haven't changed much over the years. 2006's Trouble Pilgrim inhabits a stylistic middle ground between the group's scrappy debut, TV Tube Heart, and the significantly more ambitious Ghostown. The tunes are smart and Chevron and his bandmates clearly aren't afraid of a good rant, but this is less scrappy old-school punk than tough but tuneful pop
ock with a straightforward guitar attack and a lack of needless frills. For this reunion, Chevron is joined by two of the group's original members, Pete Holidai and Steve Rapid, and a new rhythm section, bassist Jessie Booth and drummer Johnny Bonnie, and the songs on Trouble Pilgrim are equally informed by the heart and the head, dealing with the larger world as well as the most personal concerns. "The Concierge" is a bitter but literate screed against the war in Iraq, "Hinterland" takes a similar look at the battle between Israel and Palestine, and "Joe Strummer" is a rapid-fire homage to the late Clash frontman and his cultural legacy. But elsewhere, "Words" is a quiet meditation on heartbreak and lost faith, "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" tells a moving story of childhood, and "Tell Me Why" is a gloriously hooky love song that ought to be a hit single. If Trouble Pilgrim doesn't sound quite like the way you might remember the Radiators from Space, it strikes an easy balance between their youthful ideals and their maturity in the 21st century, and this is music that's eloquent in its anger and compassionate without sentimentality -- not a bad formula for a bunch of aging punks, and it's good to have them back.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
Label:
Big Beat Uk
UPC:
0029667426923
catalogNumber:
269

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Performance Credits

Radiators   Primary Artist
Philip Chevron   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Harmonica,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,tin whistle,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Peter Holidai   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Human Whistle,Mellotron,Lap Steel Guitar,Stylophone
Cait O'Riordan   Vocals
Steve Rapid   Vocals
Fergus O'Carroll   French Horn
Bryan Meehan   Tenor Saxophone
Rowen Rossiter   Shaker
Anita Bonnie   Vocals
Pat Corless   Trombone
Stefano Muscovi   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Philip Chevron   Composer
Peter Holidai   Composer,Producer
Nick Robbins   Engineer
Stefano Soffia   Engineer
Rowen Rossiter   Engineer
Dani Castelar   Engineer

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