Seeking to create high-energy dance music by mixing post-punk ideologies with classic pop structure, the band immediately set to work honing their skills and producing demos. 2008 brought numerous shows around the Pacific Northwest, a tour to California, and an appearance at a large local festival. Fans and audiences who attended their shows compared their sound to groups like Joy Division and Depeche Mode. The year culminated with the signing of a record contract with Northwest synth label HiCap Records in October.
When Ronnie Martin agreed to mix their debut release, Just Like the 80s, it was a major coup for the band. Longtime fans of Ronnie’s band, Joy Electric, the members of Radio Way were ecstatic and felt privileged to work with such a prominent figure in the electronic music scene so early in their career, especially one that held such a huge influence on their music. Ronnie’s mix provided the perfect sonic image for the band’s tracks, evoking memories of the smoke-filled neon-lit clubs of decades past, and Just Like the 80s was released by HiCap Records on January 31, 2009. Now, still under two years from their inception, having released a new album, and even produced a music video, Radio Way continues to work at electrifying the West Coast with their new wave of New Wave. As observed by Terran Scully of the Clark College Independent, “Eventually everyone gets into the groove.” Read more on Last.fm.
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