Raised on TV “Smog City”

Tracked in esteemed Foo Fighters lair Studio 606 this melodic rock track is about driving Lyft in Los Angeles.  The instrumentation is a familiar rock sound with some fuzzy guitars and a slightly monotone sounding lead vocalist who must be tired from driving the car all night.  Having living in Los Angeles for a while this is an incredibly accurate representation of the city and the artistry and mix is very solid which is not surprising because the mix was done by Ben O’Neil and Mark Needham.  The timbre of the vocalist has comparable timbres to other acts of considerable notoriety while also maintaining a sense of individuality.  A selling point of the song that caught me in particular is the choreographed instrumentals around 2:10.  I am really excited to share this act with you and I’m looking forward to what 2019 has for Raised on TV.

More on this very interesting act:

The Los Angeles based rock trio, Raised on TV, is currently in the midst of creating their second full length album titled “Season 2”, and has recently released “Caroline”, the first single from the album.

It was described by Soundsphere Magazine as a “wonderfully fuzzy, constantly building alternative rock banger of a tune – melodic in a similar vein to Silversun Pickups or Hundred Reasons, this is ferocious, and effortlessly catchy.” The response to the new single has been amazing, getting picked up by several featured Spotify and Youtube playlists (“All New Rock”, “Fresh Finds”, “Fancy Melancholic) and the band is super excited to finish up the rest of the tracks, which are being done at Dave Grohl’s studio, 606. Caroline was recorded at The Elephant in the Room studio in Hollywood with Ethan Kaufmann on the same board that was used to track the Killers’ album “Hot Fuss” and it was mixed by Ben O’Neil and Mark Needham (The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees.)

Raised on TV is comprised of brothers, Keaton Rogers (guitar, vocals) and Kacey Greenwood (drums) and rounded out by Kacey’s best friend from high school, Ryan Weiss (bass). All three members grew up in the extra hot San Fernando Valley, and formed the band that would become Raised on TV in the Summer of 2015.

They recorded and released their first EP, “The Pilot EP” in 2016 with producer Flavio Monopoli, and followed that with as much touring and as many live shows as possible, in their hometown of LA, and then also traveling up to Canada and playing everywhere in between for what was titled “The Soccer Mom Mini-van Tour.”

The band got to work on their first full length album, “Season 1” in early 2017 with producer Josiah Mazzaschi (Light FM, Part time Punks) recording at his “Cave Studio” in Glassel Park. It was released later that year, along with their first three music videos. The album charted on the NACC top 200 and was described by NoGossipLA.com as “grooving from one track to the next with a familiar kick-assery that reminds us that blink-182 and Fall Out Boy disciples are alive and well. The lyrical content is often snarky and exhilarating. At times though, the album is flecked with the feeling of loss and searching that occupies so many of our young adulthood’s as we strive to find our place after the haze of teenage angst has settled.”

They saved up and bought a beaten up 1991 Ford van that they named “Polly” (a Nirvana reference) and toured up the west coast several times as well as throughout the American southwest, playing in Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada for the “Looking for Aliens Tour” and then the “Season 1 Tour.” That van is currently broken down and awaiting repair after a crazy and traumatic (and fun) night in Las Vegas. After the breakdown, the band embarked upon the “Broken Down Van Tour” for shows and festivals in the American North West. A lot of footage from these early tours can be seen in the music video for their song “Old Journals.” They’ve played over 125 shows in their first two years as a touring band, strongly believing in the hard work and hustle that it takes to get a rock band off the ground. Some of their more notable shows have been sharing the bill with Jefferson Starship and Ozomatli at The Topanga D

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