TV on the
An Interview with David Andrew Sitek
on the Radio's debut EP, "Young Liars" is the
first record I have listened to COMPULSIVELY this year.
2003 has had some solid releases (Lightning Bolt, Luomo,
Ted Leo, and Calexico come to mind) but "Young Liars"
hasn't left my disk player in weeks. Released in July by
Touch and Go and featuring Dave Sitek (engineer for the
Yeah Yeah Yeahs) at the controls, "Young Liars"
simply put, fucking rules. A completely original
blend of pre-cheese Genesis, Maxinquaye-era Tricky,
and traditional gospel music, TV on the Radio's debut has
me longing for more. Best of all, "Young Liars"
concludes with a bonus track; an a capella version of The
Pixies' "Mr. Grieves." And yes, it fucking rules too.
TV on the Radio are:
David Andrew Sitek (keyboardist/sound manipulator)
Tunde Adebimpe (vocals)
Kyp Malone ("plays instruments" and has a cool
How did you come up with the band name?
Our friend Martin said, "You guys should be called
TV on the Radio." We said, "Okay."
Where are you all from and where do you live currently?
Kyp and Tunde grew up in Pittsburgh, and Dave grew up in
Baltimore. Now Kyp and Tunde live in Williamsburg, and Dave
lives in New Jersey.
You guys just did a bunch of shows at Luxx and the press
so far has been worshipful. Has the mainstream media been
Not really. We would do an episode of "Elimidate"
in a hot second, though.
I keep hearing TV on the Radio compared to the Talking
Heads and the vocals are reminiscent of Peter Gabriel. Did
they influence the band?
Not consciously, but the entire catalogue is up for sale,
should either of these legendary entities decide to ditch
the world music jaunts and once again "kick it for
Fill in the blank.... It would be an honor to have TV
on the Radio compared to _______.
Functional household appliances, erotic dreamcatchers.
How'd you get Aaron Hemphill (Liars), Nick Zinner and
Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) involved on the EP?
They came over to our loft and heard what we were working
on, and we invited them to lay down some tracks.
Has your music ever gotten you laid?
If by "music" you mean, " my big black dick",
What's the most embarrassing record in your collection?
The most cherished?
Most embarassing: Prodigy's "Firestarter" single.
Most cherished: Original cassette recording of Pussy Galore
covering Exile on Main Street.
Do you get fucked up before you play shows or go into
Do you have a band van? If not, what would your band
van look like?
We don't have a van yet, but hopefully it will be jet black
with tinted windows and a crimson stripe screaming down
both sides. Oil slick, smoke screen, retractable blades
in the hubcaps.
The EP has some of the crispest production I have heard
in a while. How does your sound translate when performing
I'd say we're more crunchy than crisp, heard live.
What's your opinion on the much-hyped NY music scene?
Any local favorites?
There's good music happening everywhere, and that's good
enough for us. Local favorites: Ty Braxton, Gerard Smith,
Omega Moon, The Screw, Big Numbers, Victory Riot Youth Orchestra,
Jen Dogg, The Fakers, Younger, Faith no More.
Was there a runner-up to the band name TV on the Radio?
Handjob Ninjas. see?
Do you have any pop vices (reality tv, etc)?
Thalia. (The hot Latino pop star)
Any plans to release a full length?
Yes, in February, it looks like.
Where can peeps see you play this fall?
We're touring in November. Everyone take a look at tvontheradio.com
for details. Thank you thank you thank you.
09-13 - Saturday 8pm at Pianos:
s'up magazine party
w/ APOLLO HEIGHTS
TV ON THE RADIO