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Questions of Doom with Darren Radamaker of the Tyde

Darren Rademaker of the Tyde is one of our favourite Los Angeles songwriters. It's been awhile since we've had the sonic genius of the Tyde so we had to track down Darren and discuss the forthcoming Tyde album and his forthcoming solo tour of Europe (dates are here). In this week's Questions of Doom we discuss the influences of Felt and Television Personalities, the unsung budget rock of Further and Summer Hits, covering Madonna, and the new sounds coming from the West Coast with Darren Rademaker of the Tyde. It's a keeper after the jump.

Hey Darren, how are you today?

Handy Dandy, a little bit bummed, that there was no surf today. Making the best out of blue Monday, flying high in the friendly sky.

What are the secret origins of Darren Rademaker?

i was born to be a farmer, but i ended up as a surfer.

Do you find it strange, a lot of people are rediscovering your second band, Further, and it’s influences of heavy reverb, Anglophile shoegaze with a California sound?

I liked it when Piper from Pearl Harbor, called us the unsung kings of the budget California sounds, something along those lines. I like that we didn’t get alot of respect the first time around, but it stokes me out (hehe) when kids or guys in other bands mention it, Same Goes for The Summer Hits.

Any chance of a MBV style reunion with Further?

My brother was in town recently and he talked to both Josh, and Kevin, Josh, has placed some shows with the Tyde recently. We’ve all talked about it but well see (hahaha).

You’ve been playing with the Tyde for ten years now, what lessons have you learned from the band and your songwriting?

This was the first band where I did everything my self, without the help of my brother, and we’ve had probably about 20 members going in and out of the band. With regards to songwriting, The Tyde was the first band where I had a ‘tell the truth’ policy, and a lot of the songs are a reflection of that, no matter who it pisses off.

With the Tyde, you’ve grafted on the influences of the TVPs and Lawrence, what draws your to Lawrence’s and Treacy’s own method of writing songs?

I’ve been listening to both of the dudes pretty much since they started out.  I was into the cynicism of Lawrence and what he portrays in his songs like ‘I Can’t Make Love To You Anymore’ - I mean, who else is going to write that?  With Dan, I like his depressive attitude towards life (especially towards women) and of course, his tunes.

Your last official release was a cover of Madonna’s Hung Up, what drew you to that particular song and your restyling of it?

When they asked us to be on that record, I felt that everyone would be doing the obvious choices, and I wanted to do one her newer songs, on the chance that she would listen to it and perhaps say at least someone is doing one of my newer songs.  ‘Sides it’s a banging track

Your brother’s band Beachwood Sparks are reforming and writing again, what are your thoughts on the journey of Beachwood Sparks?

I think Beachwood Sparks started a lot of bands going their little folk trip today.  We had toyed with that sound in previous bands (Brent and I).  I’m really stoked about Brent, Dave and Christ are at least working on some new shit.  I love them.

What’s happening with the fourth Tyde album?  How are the new songs shaping up and what are the sounds like?

I’ve been working on it for over a year, with different musicians and i keep changing my mind. One day i want it to be like a Leonard Cohen album. The next day, maybe Suede or Richard Ashcroft, and then even sometimes (nowadays) like Girls or Ariel Pink. But the songs are so far are truly, truly confessional and somewhat of a divorce album.

What is the greatest misconception of the Tyde?

That our music is all cheery, surfy and beachy, as oppose to to serious.

ou are booking a forthcoming tour of Europe.  I hear it’s an acoustic only tour, with a simple set up, is this an opportunity for you to showcase and work with new songs (similar to Chris Bell’s own tour of Europe after the split of Big Star?).

Wow…. Chris Bell?? I Am The Cosmos?... That’s sweet. I’m going to play by myself electric and at some shows I’ll have a few friends singing or backing me up. I wanna play some new songs old songs and some cover tunes, and I’m going to wear short shorts at some shows no matter how cold it is.

The West Coast sound and aesthetic seem to be happening again, what are you drawing from the new scene of players?

Starting with, the most genius lyric writer of anyone going today, Dan Bejar of Destroyer up in Vancouver, down to San Francisco where we have Girls, who once i saw them play live, not only were they my favorite band ever from SF, they kind of revitalized me with there rock and roll sound. I could hear that they were definitely carrying on a kind of tradition. When I met Christopher, he had scratched Felt into a cell phone.  It was totally amazing.  In Los Angeles, we have my faves: Haunted Graffiti, Pearl Harbor, and Entrance Band.  And check out the happenings in Orange County: The Growlers and Japanese motors. This is what I think defines the modern day west coast sound. The best coast, as usual DUH.