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February 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tom Catmull’s Radio Static is an exercise in musical evolution. That’s a little vague and mysterious, I know. Try this out. At a show, the sound you will hear is that of a veteran singer/songwriter amplified, elevated and occasionally made more sinister, by the creative musical syndicate of John Sporman and Travis Yost. Over the past year, this band has continued to round a stylistic corner, regularly trading in it’s previous Americana-inspired inclinations for the seductive impulse of a sleeker, occasionally sordid, American pop sound.
This past January, Radio Static was featured on the Montana PBS show “11th and Grant” in a stripped down acoustic showcasing of Catmull’s most recent solo acoustic release WORDS AND MALADY. With an extremely loyal following, both Tom and his band have been voted “Best Musician” and “Best Band” in the Missoula Independent’s Annual “Best Of” issue for eight of the last ten years. Last summer already had them covering Oregon, Washingtion, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana for festivals, private events and the occasional gas tank filling honky-tonk show. Two questionable foreign cars were loaded with acoustic guitars, upright and electric bass, drums, keyboards, harmonicas, melodicas and a myriad of other noisemakers that happened to fit between the seats.
Long story short? This band has, once again, found itself in the arc of transition. And that is most certainly by design. New songs. New sounds.