The Starling Radicals are a Cardiff-based indie-rock trio influenced by rock, pop, indie, punk, soul and blues. They have had nine drummers, have actually physically fought Morrissey, and released one full album and three EPs, the latest of which – Promiseland Vol 1 (2017) – has received critical acclaim from the likes of Powerplay & Vents Magazine.
Notable highlights include shows at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena , Glasgow’s Classic Grand for Highway to Hell’s 2014 BOTB final, opening X-Festival 2015 in Cardiff’s Bute Park, the final of Cardiff LMS BOTB 2014 at Clwb Ifor Bach, and a rousing reception at Cardiff University’s Student Union in 2016. Favourited by Tom Robinson for FreshOnTheNet, playlisted by WalesOnline amongst the best new music in Wales, and recipients of generous radio airplay for several singles from the likes of the BBC, Amazing Radio, Meridian FM and Rock Radio, The Starling Radicals are not short of approval.
The band are known for frontman George Toulouse’s distinctive vocals, labelled a “powerful, larynx-shredding rasp” (Hidden Herd), and for their “rambunctious and lively spirit” (Vents) on and off the stage. Commentators have likened The Starling Radicals to bands as diverse as Nirvana, Stereophonics, Foo Fighters, Free, Guns N Roses, The Coral, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Reef, Aerosmith, The White Stripes, The Shanklin Freak Show, Incubus, Green Day, The Cult and Manic Street Preachers, and have been hailed as “a shining example of the upside of young, British Rock” (The Reverb Room), “destined to break out to a national level” (We Rock Webzine).
The Starling Radicals are George Toulouse (vocals, guitars), Gareth Bain (bass), and Kyra Jones (drums). Follow them via Youtube, Twitter (@TheStarlingRads) and Facebook, and buy their music from Bandcamp.
More Praise for The Starling Radicals
“Eloquent, insurrectionary, anthemic rock music. It's about time. There's so much that's kind of half-arsed, and lacking in any pretension or ambition, that that kind of bombast-with-weight really is rather brilliant." – Adam Walton, BBC
“Criminally infectious.” – Uber Rock
"Tight, melodic and very Welsh, add these guys to your ‘must see’ list." – Cack Blabbath
“The Starling Radicals have a gritty, original sound and their opinions on the world are refreshingly informed and give the basis of strong observation and narrative that works through much of their music.” - Guy Bellamy, Great Music Stories
“The best way to describe The Starling Radicals? They leave you wanting more. It’s a good trick sadly few bands learn.” – Three And Out
“Destined to break out to a national level.” – We Rock Webzine
“Rough, raw and edgy with a defining energy and bite that seems to be a mainstay of all of The Starling Radicals' material... this band are tight and have created an impressively unified and characterful sound and clearly have a tonne of energy to burn... a shining example of the upside of young, British Rock” - The Reverb Room
“Raw and gritty with energy in abundance.” - JD Music
“Instantly striking vocals... a new wave of The Police meets Manic Street Preachers... revelling in variety and creative dexterity.” - The RingMaster Review
“Bursting with catchy guitar work, thoughtful phrasing and infectious hooks.” – Breathing The Core
“Full-frontal and dynamic… they deliver rip-roaring riffs with hooking lyrics and superb guitar work.” – Small Musician Network
“With a signature sound built around loud, brazen slabs of rock, the band delight in pleasing and offending in equal measure, and their output is as potent as it is prolific.” – Vents Magazine
“They clearly take no prisoners.” – Mind Noise Network
“Loud, anthemic, inventive and diversely-influenced.” – Muzak
“The Starling Radicals bind ballsy blasts of anthemic rock with inventive structures to stunning effect.” – Grande Rock
“Punchy, knock-‘em-dead riff-driven guitar work and beat-‘em-senseless drum patterns.” – Way Out Radio
“Certain to be propelled to the giddy heights of the UK Brit-Rock scene.” – Planet Mosh
“Cocksure indie rockers who mine the rough hewn edges of early Stereophonics” – David Owens, Wales Online
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