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Radiator Hospital

Screw Your Workweek w/Radiator Hospital at Golden Tea House Dec. 16

West Philly via Michigan recording artist Sam Cook-Parrott, a.k.a. Radiator Hospital, hasn’t really been living in Philly all that long, but he has managed to demonstrate to a growing number of listeners that he is a unique songwriter that shouldn’t be ignored. With poetic diction, upbeat, brain-burrowing melodies, and a distinct vocal styling that bleeds earnestness, I continue to listen in awe as he churns out release after release of songs that simply touch the heart and charm the senses. And the fact that all this is done holding true to his unpretentious DIY/punk ethos, it’s no wonder why we love him so much here at The Deli. Sam recently booked his bus tickets to head out on tour throughout most of next month before making a stop home for a rad show on Sunday, January 26 at the First Unitarian Church with Waxahatchee, All Dogs, Cayetana and Heavy Bangs. So if you really don’t want to wait until next year to see him perform live, then screw the rest of your workweek and make a trip out to the Golden Tea House tonight. It’ll totally be worth it. Golden Tea House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 7pm, $5, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


Tuesday Tune-Out w/Modern Baseball & Radiator Hospital's Sam Cook-Parrott at PhilaMOCA Oct. 8

Tonight Drexel University's WKDU continues their month-long curation of Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA with a great lineup of up-and-comers featuring Modern Baseball and Radiator Hospital's Sam Cook-Parrott. Modern Baseball is a young, local four-piece that will actually make you happy about the resurgence of emo/pop-punk happening in music these days. Their tunes are uber catchy, which made it not so surprising that their LP Sports received the reissue treatment from Run For Cover Records. And you should already know how I feel about Sam Cook-Parrott's brilliant lyrics and tunes. Let's just hope that he didn't forget that he's performing at Tuesday Tune-Out this evening and schedule himself for work again like last time. Yeah, I showed up for that one. Both acts will be performing acoustic sets so be prepared to get intimate. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5, All Ages - Q.D. Tran

New Track: "Detroit Diamonds" (Sacred Strays Cover) - Radiator Hospital

After releasing a full-length album, Something Wild (Salinas), this past summer, Radiator Hospital is already back with a new EP entitled MALL OF AMERICA. The four originals and two covers were recorded this summer and early autumn in Sam Cook-Parrott's bedroom. Here's his lovely rendition of Sacred Strays' "Detroit Diamonds."


Tuesday Tune-Out w/Radiator Hospital at PhilaMOCA Aug. 27

Maggot House Records is wrapping up its month of curating August’s Tuesday Tune-Out at PhilaMOCA. And closing things out is one of our favorite transplants to Philly, Sam Cook-Parrot, a.k.a. Radiator Hospital. If you are a fan of our site, then you probably already know how we feel about his work. If you don't, check out our recent review of Radiator Hospital’s latest record Something Wild (Salinas) HERE, and hopefully I’ll see you out this evening! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm, $5 Donation, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


Album Review: Something Wild - Radiator Hospital

On his latest release, Something Wild (Salinas), Michigan transplant Sam Cook-Parrot, a.k.a. Radiator Hospital, issues a series of penetratingly personal confessional style songs. “Great Escape,” the LP’s second track, immediately bursts with its pop-rockin’ energy as ragged guitar and infectious percussion lay the foundation to a playful/personal narrative - “I’ve heard so many stories, all of them ended with you and me” - eventually transitioning into “so happy birthday baby you’re so much older than I thought you would be” and fades with the harmonizing of “it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.”

“Our Song” is another rambunctious song in which Cook-Parrot navigates the listener through a series of snapshots of a failing relationship. Sam’s vocals ache with anger as he reveals episodes of deceit and despair, and the chorus lays it all on the line: “You won’t get off that easy, don’t say that you love me. When you know that you don’t. If you’re thinking that we’re through, I won’t hold it against you. You know that I won’t.”

“Are You Feeling Me?” finds labelmate Allison Crutchfield (Swearin’) taking the lead vocal in a punk-edged yet polished flash, finding a dichotomy between the instrumental aggression and her calm, clear tone. “Your Boyfriend” begins as a simple albeit gut-wrenching love confession. However, as Cook-Parrot’s vocals and guitar playing gather momentum, the switch is flipped, and the song takes an electrifying turn. Sam, who had seemingly been isolated and alone, is joined by a full accompaniment, and what initially had an air of vulnerability transforms into strength, punctuated by a raucous searing electric guitar solo by Swearin’s Kyle Gilbride. “Your Boyfriend” serves as a fine example of how Cook-Parrot succeeds in showcasing lyrics through musical minimalism, but is equally capable in heavier band-oriented scenarios.

Radiator Hospital demonstrates through Something Wild a fearless tendency to expose heartfelt/lived experiences that carry a heavy load whether they’re served with an acoustic guitar ("Cryin' Kind" and "Sometimes") or on a more complex full band plate. - Michael Colavita


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