TV ON THE RADIO’s career has established them as one of the most exciting and genuinely innovative bands to have emerged from the American musical underground in years. Winners of the Shortlist prize – The US equivalent of the Mercury music prize – and a devoted global fanbase.
Difficult to classify, their music is often described as art rock or post-punk, but is educated by a diverse spectrum of styles including freeform jazz and a cappella music, psychedelia and trip-hop, modern soul and classic ’90s indie rock, giving them a unique and original sound. The core members are Tunde Adebimpe (vocals, loops), David Andrew Sitek (guitars, keyboards, loops) and Kyp Malone (vocals, guitars, loops), but the band is accompanied by additional members when performing live.
TV On The Radio’s loose approach to songwriting, recording and performing leaves an incredible amount of room for instrument-swapping and role reversals. Rather than rely on a stringent and stale guitars/bass/drums/vocals setup, the quintet often brings home-demoed sketches to the studio along with the attitude that a track needs to go through everyone’s filter before it becomes a fully formed song.
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