Show Dates: March 25 - Hamilton, ON - The Casbah (info) (CD Release Show)
We live in a world where everything, including music, is itemized and made into a genre (indeed the sub-genres grow daily!). Yet rock is all about rebellion plus rejecting norms and Hamilton, ON’s marvelous award nominated RADIO FREE UNIVERSE are very much their own creation. In vocalist George Panagopoulos’ words, they are “genuine, honest, heavy, sonic…liberating”.
Panagopoulos explains liberty is a big part of the inspiration behind RADIO FREE UNIVERSE’s unique name. “It is inspired by Radio Free Europe, which began as part of the resistance against tyranny in World War 2. Now its journalists report the news in 23 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We apply this to our music. Trying to break free of the chains of genres and just focusing on the song and serving it."
RADIO FREE UNIVERSE’s debut album ‘Casa Del Diablo’ is set for release on March 17th, 2017 via Jet Pack Records and features twelve infectious rocking tunes. The band's first single ‘Disclosure’ is currently hitting radio across Canada plus free for download exclusively on PureGrainAudio.com here. With just a few days left to the album's release, RFU are ready to share with fans an online stream of their next single 'American Gun'. Vocalist George Panagopoulos comments on the track: "'American Gun', it’s a song about them. How it feels to hold one, how it feels to hate them. You can sing these words and mean them. It will work for both sides of the issue." 'American Gun' can be heard at:
https://soundcloud.com/radiofreeuniverse/radio-free-universe-america-gun 'Casa Del Diablo' was mixed and mastered by Glen Robinson (Voivod, Gwar) along with him producing tracks 'American Gun', 'Disclosure', '18 Wheels' and 'Six' with the rest of the release produced by RFU vocalist George Panagopoulos and Mark McMaster. Breaking down the album, vocalist George Panagopoulos also explains:
“I spent a good deal of time living in the US. It’s a vibrant real culture from coast to coast. I don’t believe in the devil, but I do believe that people trap themselves in things. The enticement of pleasure and wants that the country truly offers a great deal of opportunity, but it’s also lined with a thirst that is unquenchable. Money can be good, but in the United States it fuels every fire. The country has literally become an evolved beast that feeds of people’s desire and fear. Everything you can think of corruption wise is alive and thriving there. As well as every great innovation and creative spirit. This album is about those things combined with my experience there. At the same time it’s a celebration of sorts. No song judges any one at anytime. Nothing says this is bad or that is good. It’s just an observation. Example ‘American Gun’ is one of those tracks that work for people who don’t like them and people that do. All the songs are observational not so much political. The most amazing thing about that country is with all that going on you find people who are happy and full of love. That’s amazing if you think about it.”
Prior to preparing for their debut release, RADIO FREE UNIVERSE has made quite a name for themselves on the live scene in Southern Ontario and greater Toronto area since their formation in 2010. In their hometown of Hamilton, ON, they’ve performed at the Hamilton Music Awards plus have been nominated twice for Recording of The Year. Other appearances by RFU include Canadian Music Week, Lock Street Festival, NXNE, KOI Fest and Big Music Fest ft. Aerosmith, Bryan Adams and Slash. Show Dates: March 25 - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
1. American Gun (2:53) 2. Disclosure (3:13) 3. 18 Wheels (3:37) 4. Butterfly(3:26) 5. DMT (2:55) 6. Six (3:56) 7. Magnolia Girl (3:09) 8. The Rest of Us (3:50) 9. Dirty Little Things (4:47) 10. Rhythm and Bones (2:26) 11. Happy (2:44) 12. Armageddon Road (2:28) Album Length: 39:31
RADIO FREE UNIVERSE is: – George Panagopoulos – Vocalist/Lyricist – Ryan Davie - Backup Vocalist, Guitarist – Ashton Norman – Drummer – Adam Neumann – Backup Vocalist, Bassist
‘Casa Del Diablo’ will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all major online retailers as of March 17, 2017.
“This is authentic and real rock music. Vocals that speak to listener, amazing lyrics that leave a deep and lasting impression. All surrounded by credible hooks that layer the music in bliss. Radio Free Universe live is proof that it can be done. They are a thrill to watch live, and a very dangerous act to follow, a must see for any music lover. This is band is the very thing that makes us all want to be rockstars. I urge you to find them.” – LA Weekly
“Radio Free Universe are bluesy, heavy on the guitar riffs, and packed with forceful, driving drum beats. Sure, this is the setup for many hard rock rock albums, but Radio Free Universe are different. The thing that separates these Canadian rockers from the rest of the stale pack is the sort of retro nostalgic feel they are able to hone in on. It’s just awesome and affords their music a special classic rock sound with a modern twist.” – PureGrainAudio
“Call it a resignation to the powers of the cosmos or a rock and roll revelation but when Radio Free Universe plays, it’s best to just to be a part of the moment and let destiny have its way”. – View Magazine
“I was impressed with every musical nuance this band presented. Great guitar riffs, driving rhythms produced by the bass & drums , giving the illusion of a rolling freight train. All this is highlighted by a seasoned front man reminiscent of rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple & Black Sabbath. Some of the tracks I heard inspire the audience to sing along while others relate specific stories.” – The Hamiltonian
“Radio Free Universe struck gold at the Horseshoe Tavern Monday night, putting on a fierce and bold rock n’ roll showcase performance. Stopping you in your tracks with a wickedly large vocal by front man, George Panagopoulos; his voice is layered and carried by pure rock n’ roll sounds.” – Deli Mag (Toronto)
“Talk about a last-minute addition to our list! We just discovered this band in mid December as they were opening up for White Cowbell Oklahoma at Lee’s Palace and they became an instant favourite of all our editors. Zeppelin infused riffs and rhythm this is one band we want to see a lot more of in 2016. Singer George Panagopoulos looks and sounds like Sammy Hagar and we can’t think of a better compliment to bestow on a rock band front man.” – Tmakworld