Grunge-rock three-piece, Radio Black has premiered a new song, “Run Away,” featuring Foo Fighters‘ Taylor Hawkins on drums, today on Consequence of Sound. The song, which was recorded at Dave Grohl‘s studio and home of the famed Sound City mixing console, Studio 606. Check out an exclusive behind the scenes look at Radio Black in the studio, and stream the new song on COS here: http://bit.ly/TOWDgd. “Run Away,” is the first song off a to-be-announced upcoming album, which is recorded and produced by John “Lou” Lousteau, Fireball Ministry front-man and “Sound City” documentary producer Jim Rota, and Brad Smith of Blind Melon and featuresÂ appearances from studio players including Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), and Mick Murphy (My Ruin, Chevy Metal).
About recording at Studio 606 with the same Neve 8028 analog mixing console previously used by his childhood musical inspirations including Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters – Radio Black lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney explains, so he “Recording the song was somewhat of a nerve-racking experience. The first couple days at 606 were devoted to sorting out instrumental arrangements, tracking drums, bass, and guitars. Everything was going very smoothly and I felt very comfortable, until it was time to track vocals. Maybe it was just my nerves, but after spending time in the studio and working with some of the amazing rock musicians involved days prior, I now felt intimidated,” He continues, “More jitters started to pop up when I started thinking about all the artists that had recorded in the room recently, like Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Trent Reznor .The first mic setup didn’t seem to be a good match for my voice, and things weren’t clicking right off the bat…We took a much needed lunch break and I was super nervous thinking, ‘What if I can’t get these vocals down? This whole thing would be a bust.’
Luckily, after lunch Lou returned with a different mic and after channeling every ounce of his confidence, Courtney was able to try again. “I calmed myself down and just tried to relax and connect with the song, instead of thinking about all the other crap. Then I felt a moment of calm and belted out the first take on the chorus. It felt good! Then Rota and Lou both chimed in, ‘That’s what we’ve been looking for man! Nice Job!’ Then it was smooth sailing from there.”Â
About the inspiration for “Run Away” Courtney explains that it’s a song “about taking risks in life and having the courage to abandon your prejudices, restrictions and anything else holding you back from being who you really are.”
Radio Black was formed in early 2014. Lead singer/guitarist TJ Courtney fused his previous solo project with a melodic mixture of grunge and 90s inspired alternative rock. Bringing in drummer Derek Geldhill, founding member of Smile Empty Soul, and bassist Dan Kremer, a seasoned touring musician, the ensemble makes for a powerhouse trio.