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Biography

  • Years Active

    1998 – 2005 (7 years)

  • Founded In

    Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

There are at least 2 bands sharing this name:

1)-Radio Berlin was formed in 1981 by members of the Florida-based minimal electronics band Futurisk. They released the 7'' EP "Dance the Youth" and the track "Go down" on a local compilation before dissapearing.

2)-Radio Berlin was a four piece band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Formed in 1998, the band released numerous, well-received albums. With a sound best described as rhythmic postpunk/new wave with early 'goth' stylings, Radio Berlin's garnered many welcome comparisons to bands like Pornography-era Cure, Joy Division, Wire, Josef K, and Siouxsie and the Banshees, only backed by the rhythm section one would expect from a band like Clikatat Ikatowi. Having played with peers such as of The Locust, I Am Spoonbender, The Faint, Vue, Add N To X, Interpol, Ted Leo, and Camera Obscura, Radio Berlin rocked out with a hypnotic live show.

Radio Berlin first released the LP/CD "Sibling", which was preceded by the 1999 7" and a split 7" with Kid Commando. After that came their second full length record "The Selection Drone", recorded at The Hive by Colin Stewart (Pretty Girls Make Graves, Black Mountain), was released September 2001. The record received some amazing reviews from the music press and made it at as “best album of the year” in several North American music publications. Radio Berlin toured the album in the fall of 2001. Their most well-received record, "Glass", was released in September 2003 on the US label Action Driver in a high-quality LP/CD format. Action Driver also picked up the band's previous albums to the catalog as those labels dissolved.

A "remix" record was released on Vancouver's Global Symphonic (Frog Eyes, The Organ, etc.) label in 2004 containing remixes by the band themselves, as well as contributions from Hot Hot Heat, P:ano, Beautiful Skin, and The Red Light Sting.

Radio Berlin toured North America numerous times, and most extensively in 2003-2004. After this period of touring the band started to dissolve due to a number of circumstances, including the fact that the musical direction of the members involved was starting to go in different directions. Radio Berlin's official dissolve was in the summer 2005.

Since then member have gone to play in such bands as Black Mountain, Lightning Dust, Soft Riot, The Deep, Sur Une Plage, Dysnea Boys, Savage Furs, and Bison.

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