TV on the Radio
Genre: Experimental Rock
“Dave and I had been making music for a little while, and this friend Martin called up and said, ‘What are you guys called?’ because he had listened to some of the stuff. ‘So what are you called?’ And we didn't know. He paused for a second and said, ‘You should be called TV on the Radio.’ We just kind of paused for like four seconds and said, ‘That's fine. Ok.’”
TV on the Radio is a Brooklyn based rock band that entices their listeners by braiding multiple genres together. They play everything from punk to soul, electro to doo-wop, and a cappella. The band is comprised of Tunde Adebimpe (vocals/loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars/keyboards/loops), Kyp Malone (vocals/guitars/loops), Jaleel Bunton (drums) and Gerard Smith (bass). These guys have been together in one way or another making things happen since 2001.
Although many of the band members have alternating careers, they manage to stay together and continue to create some of the industry’s catchiest music. Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes was their first full length album as a group, which inevitably led to them touring with The Pixies and a record deal with Touch and Go Records. They have been on Touch and Go Records, 4AD, which has led them now to Interscope.
With soulful vocals and harmonies, TV on the Radio has been compared to Interpol and Peter Gabriel, among many others. Rolling Stone magazine voted their album, Return to Cookie Mountain, the fourth best album of 2006, and Spin voted the band as 2006 Artist of the Year.
OK Calculator (2002)
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (2004)
Return to Cookie Mountain (2006)
Dear Science (2008)