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This Is Radio Silence, Frankie Teardrop Dead and Fire Healer at the Sebright Arms on Saturday April 27
Sebright Arms
London United Kingdom
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This Is Radio Silence, Frankie Teardrop Dead and Fire Healer at the Sebright Arms on Saturday April 27
THIS IS RADIO SILENCE started as the side project of former Earth Loop Recall frontman/SonVer guitarist Ben McLees in 2006.  

The first TIRS output was an eponymous 6-track EP in June 2006, a short-run CD-R sent out exclusively to anyone who emailed with interest to own a copy. .

In August 2008, the double A-side single 'The Heart Grows Fonder'/'T.M.N.T.Y.' was released for one week only on Line Out Records, before being deleted. (The single was reissued later, with both tracks featured on the CD edition of the 'Now There's Nothing' album)

The first full length album 'Now There's Nothing' was released at the start of 2010, followed by the first solo TIRS live shows later in the year.  Ben was joined by Sam Astley (guitar), Geoff Courts (bass) and Dan Vickers (drums) as This Is Radio Silence grew from solo project into a full band.

TIRS started 2011 with a memorable show supporting Chameleons Vox at Islington Academy, after which Dan left to concentrate on other projects.

Later in the year, a 3-piece line-up (Ben, Geoff and Djevara drummer Malcolm Gayner) played an infamous set at Kent festival Malcfest, dubbed 'the loudest in the festival's history' by organisers.

In 2012, TIRS recruited Black Light Ascension/Andrew King keyboardist Hunter Barr, before releasing second album 'Soon, Much Of This Will Have Been Destroyed' in December. The album included 9 tracks, two of which featured lead vocals by Sam ('Two For Joy' and 'Events/Setbacks/Annoyances').

With all members of the band busy touring with various other bands/artists throughout 2013 (Naevus featured Ben, Sam & Hunter; Ben & Sam were also both members of Evi Vine's band at this time), TIRS only appeared live three time. Evi Vine drummer Steven Hill joining the band in autumn to play a brace of 4-piece shows for which Ben switched to bass (Geoff was on tour in Europe at the time with Djevara). These two shows were the first to feature live visuals/projections by Adrian Giddings, who had worked previously with Ben McLees in Temp0rary. They were also the last gigs Sam Astley played with the band, as he left TIRS shortly afterwards to concentrate on his frontman duties with Penny Orchids.

2014 continued in similar vein to 2013 until August, when a new line-up was announced with Austin Davey joining as new guitarist and original drummer Dan Vickers rejoining TIRS after a stint with London band We Keep The City Running.

Double EP 'The Crux/Remixes' was also released in August 2014, featuring the strongest material released by TIRS to date alongside remixes by Slate Pipe Banjo Draggers, Temp0rary and Oblivion Guest.

2015 saw the new 6-piece play a string of London shows throughout the sumer, including memorable gigs at Electrowerkz (Islington) and Off The Cuff (Herne Hill).

In February 2019, TIRS released their first new material in over 4 years in the form of single 'We Know It's Over'; the first of several new McLees/Barr joint compositions due to be released over the course of the year.

This will be the  first full band live date since October 2015, and will be a one-off live performance, with no other dates planned for the foreseeable future or beyond.
They will be performing a special set covering our entire catalogue, including material from our forthcoming 'Fallen Men' EP.

Frankie Teardrop Dead have been developing their sound for the past five years, working from their sonic bunker deep inside the chaos of the concrete Fountayne Road, North London. Expertly connecting the energies of Neo-Psychedelia, Shoegaze, Dreampop and Post-Punk, FTD released their debut album Better than Some, Worse than Others late in 2015.

The Six-piece, comprising of Ben, Carling, The Sloth, Luigi, Daniel and Eric have since released their most ambitious project to date-All you Need is Love and Fucking Peace, released in October 2018 with echoes of Primal Scream, Velvet Underground, Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Cure to permeate the huge soundscapes of their second LP, which looks poised to blow the lid off the UK Psych-scene.

Since sharing the stage with such bands as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Telescopes, Vibravoid, Dreamweapon and The Cambodian Space Project, the band have attracted a devoted underground following for their cosmic London shows.

After a tour of South East Asia in early 2019, the band are embarking on another UK tour!

Fire Healer is the solo music project of Joe Chapman, frontman with neo-psychedelic bands The Neon Violets and The Elephant Trip.

Set off on a journey across the mystic meadow, into the darkness of the ancient woodland, on towards the distant beat of tribal drums where you will find Fire Healer, through the smoke through the trees, summoning up a dark voodoo spirit groove.

Fire Healer creates hypnotic vibes using electric mandolin, percussion, organ and voice. Fire Healer's sound is influenced by a love of psychedelic bands, trip hop, dub reggae, world, folk and blues music.


Sebright Arms (View)
31-35 Coate Street
London E2 9AG
United Kingdom


Music > New Age
Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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