The Radiators’ newest effort, Dreaming Out Loud delivers infectious top-down, wind-in-your-face, open road rock and roll. And, since they have you on the road feeling the wind blow, you might as well head to New Orleans. Fighting with the heartbreak caused by Hurricane Katrina and the state of their beloved city, New Orleans, the Radiators deliver one of their best efforts yet with the same grit and determination that has fueled their long lasting and memorable career.
During the city's Mardi Gras celebration earlier this year, the band decided to hunker down and pay homage to the Crescent City and the hearts and souls trying to hold it all together. They descended on Pity St. Recording, and with the presence of the city crying out in bewildered celebration around them, wrote out their own story of fighting for their city. Determined to regain that good feeling, The Radiator’s plug in the guitars and swing for the fences.
The album’s lead off number, “Ace in the Hole” is classic Radiators. Swampy guitar interplay and a dancing piano set the pace for Ed Volker’s heavy vocals. The band hits the right notes on “Wrestling with an Angel” as Dave Malone and Camile Baudoin light up the track with great guitar work. Like a thick New Orleans night, the tone of the guitars drifts along with a heavy mugginess, which continues throughout “Rub It In.” Then Volker strides out to the front of the parade and delivers a fabulous version of “Lost Radio." “Seven Devils” drives right to the heart of the matter, pondering “how many devils do you have left?”
New Orleans' strength can be felt through these musicians and their heartfelt efforts.
The Radiators are not just rock and roll; they are Americana.
They deliver warmth and assurance to a city that should by all accounts be wiped away.
“The Death of the Blues” is one that fishheads should already be familiar with. Filled with scorching guitar it has been a fan favorite for some time. The sound of an upright piano and a plucked banjo start pecking around then the band falls into a wonderful rendition of “Desdemona.”
The Radiators continue to represent New Orleans well. For twenty-eight years, they have been ambassadors of the city's music alongside the like of The Meters, Dr. John, Earl King and Alan Toussaint. If you’re a true fishhead, this album is a must. If you’re not a Radiators fan, maybe it’s time you listened to one of their albums.