Rademacher Self-Releases Stunts on December 4, 2007

Fresno, CA ain’t just the birthplace of the Sun Maid Raisin girl and Kevin Federline. It also is home to Rademacher – a quartet of musicians who have spent the past three years living on a strict DIY, van-and-sofa based touring and recording diet, a band that has shared the stage with indie luminaries like John Vanderslice, David Dondero and the Silversun Pickups. Set to unleash Stunts on December 4, 2007, Rademacher is quickly redefining Fresno for a lot of folks.

Since 2004, Rademacher has self-produced, self-recorded, and self-distributed three EPs. The people who got a hold of the early records are an eclectic bunch: show going kids from across the country, mail order indie aficionados from abroad, and large contingents of friends and family. The tuneful and lo-fi EPs were well-received by taste making bloggers and college radio stations — but to the four members of Rademacher, their hometown of Fresno, California all too often seemed to define who they were: “Rademacher – the band from Fresno.”

Just a few short years later and Sosa, Greer McGettrick (bass), Brad Basmajian (guitar) and Eli Reyes (drums) have made their presence in the West Coast indie scene a constant. Given these credentials it came as a minor shock when Rademacher announced that not only was there a new album in the works, but that it would be recorded in Eagle Rock, CA at a “real” studio with a “legit” engineer: Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart (Elliot Smith, Kim Deal, Lou Barlow.)

The freshly minted album, Stunts, is in fact, just as full of raw sounds and dashing sonics as their previous home recorded EPs. Jagged electric guitars are served alongside generous dollops of slapback-ed drums and spaced-out ivories — the biggest difference between Stunts and previous Rademacher releases is that Espinoza has managed to lift some of the noise to reveal more of Sosa’s songcraft and highlight the group’s effortless and relaxed musicianship. Turns out that Aaron was a good place for the group to turn to for inspiration — The question, “What can a band like Rademacher do with a guy like Espinoza there to guide them through the hurdles of songwriting and recording?” is answered in 36 minutes with a slick and simple answer…”Cool shit.”

To Celebrate the release of Stunts, Rademacher is playing their very own LA Blog-Residency with the following blogs:
11.02 Radio Free Silverlake
11.09 You Set The Scene
11.16 Aquarium Drunkard
11.23 Inflight at Night

Rademacher On Tour:

11.10 Santa Cruz, CA @ Café Pergolesi
11.11 Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock
11.14 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
11.15 Fresno, CA @ Tokyo Garden
11.16 Sacramento, CA @ Java Lounge
11.17 Sacramento, CA @ R5 records (in-store)
11.17 Merced, CA @ The Partisan
11.18 Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
11.21 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
11.22 Fresno, CA @ Tokyo Garden
11.24 Fresno, CA @ Tokyo Garden
11.25 Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock
11.28 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
11.29 Fresno, CA @ Tokyo Garden

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