Local indie rock band Radiator Hospital return with their 2nd full length album Torch Song, out September 1st. Earlier this year, lead singer Sam Cook-Parrot did an acoustic Space Jam Session. Guitarist Cynthia Schemmer also formed the band Heavy Bangs last year. The album follows their earlier split LP Total Request with Kyle Kaos released in February.
Like 2013’s Something Wild, the new album revolves around the timeless themes of unrequited love, heartache and moving on. However, the new music sounds more polished, mature and definitely darker. In particular, the tracks like “I’m All Right” and “181935” have very minimal instrumentation, allowing lead vocalist Sam Cook-Parrot’s voice to serenade the audience. One of the many cool things about the album is the track “Firework” where Maryn Jones from All Dogs sings about a night with her lover and then, on “Fireworks (Reprise)” Cook-Parrot responds by singing the same lyrics in a different manner. Both artists give the song different feels, pointing out the different layers that Torch Song has.
Look out for vocals from Waxahatchee on “Blue Gown” and “Five and Dime”; Schemmer sings “Honeymoon Phase” too. It’s another great album from Radiator Hospital and points to even greater things in the future. Listen to “181935” below.