jonny & babara - [Music]
Album: Aristocracy And The Horse
Country: Perth, Australia
Release: May 6, 2005
Style: Indie /Post Rock
1. Atlas Shrugged
2. Arm vs. Fiery Antenna
5. Hurstville 1928
Radarmaker has come to mean a number of things throughout the six years of its existence. Beginning life in 2001 as a plaintive acoustic-pop trio making polite songs about quiet yearning, the acquisition of new instrumentation, an extra member and a boost in bravado saw the band consolidate what may be considered as their definitive line-up.
Radarmaker from 2003 onwards consisted of Wendi Graham - whose delicate voice betrays her musical resilience, Warwick Hall - sturdy rhythm guitarist and progenitor of many of the bands catchier riffs, Adam Trainer - frontman, lout and laughing stock, and versatile genius Noah Norton. In this incarnation the band created songs and soundscapes that traversed the delicate and the chunky, the poetic and the provocative, the beautiful and the destructive elements of indie rock, whatever that might be. With a penchant for experimentation and musical meditation it was no surprise that they collected the tagline of ‘post-rock’.
Their debut record, released independently, was the iconic and benevolent 'Aristocracy and the Horse', which criss-crossed through cyclical melodies, wistful maladroit, driving skittishness and thunderous cacophony. ‘Aristocracy and the Horse' was listed in both Grok magazine and the RTRfm website as amongst the best releases of 2005. In 2005 the band were nominated for ‘Best Music Video’ WAMI & WASA awards for their self-made video clip - 'Arm vs. Fiery Antenna'.
Produced over a hectic ten-month period, the band’s first long player, ‘Drawn Like Spires’ arguably shows the progression of a band who has matured musically, has honed its dynamic and had focused not only its song-writing, but its command of musical exploration and structural experimentation. Already the album is receiving acclaim, having been feature album on RTRfm, and the WAMI website. Irreverent, pretentious, tongue-in-cheek, above all else it is Radarmaker.