Radiation City shares new track “Milky White”

Radiation City shares new track "Milky White" off their LP 'Synesthetica', out February 12th.

Portland’s, Radiation City have shared their new single “Milky White” the second release off their forthcoming release for Polyvinyl, Synesthetica. Radiation City has also announced European tour dates starting in April and running into May, in addition to its North American tour in Feb. and March with Deep Sea Diver (see full dates below).

After releasing two full-lengths and an EP, Radiation City got the itch. The band had built a following. The next stage was to find a great producer to work with and further develop their sound.

But on the inside, things weren’t so simple. Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison, Radiation City’s founding couple, were falling apart. Rad City, a tight-as-family band that always seemed to work so effortlessly off- and onstage, was on the verge of calling it quits.
Spies and Ellison decided to get together to record some new, urgent and semi-spontaneous songs and rediscovered that old magic. “None of it felt rushed, or belabored,” Spies says. “It was honest and unafraid.”

In the face of ambivalence and the band’s impending implosion, Ellison and Spies decided to do something they’d never done before — they transformed Radiation City from a democracy into a monarchy. They curated a new tracklist for the third full-length (half new songs and half old ones), enlisted Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Riley Geare to be their studio drummer, and found their great producer in John Vanderslice (Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie) of Tiny Telephone Studios.

The band’s issues didn’t end with these revelations-Spies and Ellison broke up temporarily and called off their wedding, one band member was let go, and only half of the group went to San Francisco to record the tracks for the new album-but the die was cast.

Radiation City was not going to polish up its old style for Synesthetica; it was going to completely overhaul both its process and its sound. After recording with Vanderslice, the band took its new directive back to Portland and turned to Jeremy Sherrer (Modest Mouse, Gossip) at Ice Cream Party to flesh out its studio sessions. “We were trying to get to a place where cultural constructs didn’t mean anything,” Spies says. “We wanted to destroy the barriers between all the things we keep separate in our daily lives.”

Based on the condition known as synesthesia, whereby a person links one sensual experience with another (for Ellison, who experiences it, that means seeing specific colors when she hears different musical sounds), Synesthetica is a place where multi-sensory experience is commonplace; where feelings and definitions blend and melt, and surreality becomes reality.

Radiation City
Street Date: Feb. 12, 2016

Track List:

Oil Show
Come And Go
Milky White
Sugar Broom
Fancy Cherries


2/16 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
2/17 LA, CA @ Echo *
2/19 San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
2/20 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
2/21 El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow [LATE SHOW]*
2/23 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight *
2/24 Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
2/25 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder *
2/27 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
2/29 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
3/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
3/3 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
3/4 Boston, MA @ Great Scott *
3/5 Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo *
3/6 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel *
3/8 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland *
3/9 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean *
3/11 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
3/12 Fargo, ND @ Aquarium *
3/14 Missoula, MT @ Stage 112 *
3/15 Spokane, WA @ Bartlett *
3/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
3/17 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore *
3/19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios [EARLY AA]
3/19 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios [LATE 21+]
4/20 Hamburg (DE), Aalhaus
4/21 Berlin (DE), Kantine am Berghain
4/22 Leipzig (DE), Baustelle
4/23 Schorndorf (DE), Manufaktur
4/25 Munich (DE), Café Muffathalle
4/27 Duedingen (CH), Bad Bonn
4/28 Heidelberg (DE), Karlstorbahnhof
4/29 Namur (BE), Belvedere
4/30 Brighton (UK), Green Door Store
5/02 Glasgow (UK), The Hug & Pint
5/04 London (UK), The Victoria
5/05 Paris (FR), Espace B
5/06 Duisburg (DE), Grammatikoff
5/07 Groningen (NL), Vera

* = w/ Deep Sea Diver