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2018
Missing Film
2016
The Family Tree: The Leaves (Commentary)
2016
The Bastards
2016
The Family Tree: The Leaves
2016
The Family Tree: The Branches
2012
No Food but Lots of Weapons (feat. Radical Face & Elissa P)
2011
The Family Tree: The Roots
2007
Ghost
NOV
07
Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Parkteatret Scene (November 7, 2019)
Venue: Parkteatret Scene (Oslo, Norway) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Södra Teaterns Stora Scen (November 8, 2019)
Venue: Södra Teaterns Stora Scen (Stockholm, Sweden) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Hotel Cecil (November 9, 2019)
Venue: Hotel Cecil (Copenhagen, Denmark) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Docks (November 11, 2019)
Venue: Docks (Hamburg, Germany) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Bi Nuu (November 12, 2019)
Venue: Bi Nuu (Berlin, Germany) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Ampere Club (November 14, 2019)
Venue: Ampere Club (Munich, Germany) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Santeria Social Club (November 16, 2019)
Venue: Santeria Social Club (Milan, Italy) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Royal (November 17, 2019)
Venue: Royal (Baden, Switzerland) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Mousonturm (November 19, 2019)
Venue: Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Kulturkirche (November 20, 2019)
Venue: Kulturkirche (Cologne, Germany) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Paradiso Grote Zaal (November 22, 2019)
Venue: Paradiso Grote Zaal (Amsterdam, Netherlands) Find tickets
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Ancienne Belgique (AB) (November 23, 2019)
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Café de la Danse (November 24, 2019)
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Union Chapel (November 26, 2019)
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Radical Face with Jon Bryant at Manchester Gorilla (November 28, 2019)
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Radical Face May 24, 2019
So I released a lil companion EP today and have some shows on sale. Alternate Reality EP: https://t.e2ma.net/click/vc4y0b/bdr5em/n2qbvg European Fall Tour Dates: https://www.facebook.com/RadicalFace/app/123966167614127/ When I sat down to make this EP, I had an idea for the production -- I would split every song into two different styles. The first would be produced like I was making a record, and the second like I was arranging for a live show. The result was one that was pretty free with track counts and instruments, and the latter was more acoustic, and easier to reproduce. I have always thought of EPs as a place to experiment. I'd never before written two different treatments at the same time and recorded them both. It was a fun challenge, and having two approaches side-by-side was a fun way to find the "core" of a song, what it was beneath the production All too often, they are completely blurred together when you produce yourself. The decisions intertwine to where the songwriting and production are basically one process. I really liked having the perspective on this one. Hope to say hello to some of you this fall, and will come to the US soon hopefully too. -Ben 11.07 - Oslo, Norway @ Parkteatret 11.08 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Södra Teatern 11.09 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Hotel Alice 11.11 - Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan 11.12 - Berlin, Germany @ Lido 11.14 - Munich, Germany @ Ampere 11.16 - Milan, Italy @ Santeria Social Club 11.17 - Baden, Switzerland @ Royal 11.19 - Frankfurt, Germany @ Mousonturm 11.20 - Cologne, Germany @ Kulturkirche 11.22 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso 11.23 - Brussels, Belgium @ AB 11.24 - Paris, France @ Cafe de la Danse 11.26 - London, UK @ Union Chapel 11.28 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla 11.29 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
Radical Face May 03, 2019
Radical Face May 02, 2019
Hi. I'll be doing a live Q&A on YouTube tomorrow noon PST. I have no idea what something like this is like, but it was suggested I try out the feature, and it seems pretty fun. It's like meeting people, only you don't have to leave your house and people can only type things at you instead of talking. So if you'd like to ask me questions while I sit on a webcam and see what the hell that feels like, join me on Friday! -Ben
Radical Face Apr 26, 2019
Hi everyone, Sorry for the spam, but I am supposed to post more things when I release something. It's the rules, as far as I can tell. But the most recent EP I made it out today in all the regular places. https://snd.click/siY I think I've already covered what it's generally about, but in case you're seeing this for the first time: It has six songs. It's called "Therapy" because I wrote about what I was learning in therapy (clever, I know). It was the first time I've written so directly about myself for an entire set, which was both uncomfortable and mildly liberating. I'm glad to have it out of my system. I also recorded all of these songs in two different styles (one more produced, one more acoustic), so I will be putting out those alternate versions pretty soon. So if you like the songs and want to hear how they sound with a different production style, stay-tuned. If you don't like the songs and hearing another version sounds crappy, stay-not-tuned. And at this point, all the songs should be up in the usual streaming places, so I imagine it's pretty easy to find. For those interested in vinyl, I have been considering pressing this an SunnMoonnEclippse as an A-Side/B-Side if there's enough interest. But I also have more releases coming this year (I've been really busy), and I am in the middle of the next full-length Radical Face record. So we will see. But I'm going to try. Or I will at least think about it. Which is like trying, but you don't have to actually do anything. I hope everyone is well.
Radical Face Apr 26, 2019
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Radical Face Apr 26, 2019
Hey there. So this new EP comes out tomorrow. It has 6 songs. They’re all about Therapy topics, which is something I have gotten very into. It’ll be in all the normal places like Spotify and Youtube but if you’d like to hear it now I did an interview with PopMatters and you can stream all the songs through there is you would rather not wait. https://www.popmatters.com/radical-face-therapy-2019-interview-2635339272.html Hope everyone is well.
Radical Face Apr 25, 2019
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Radical Face Apr 03, 2019
So I released a new track the other day called “Doubt” which is on all the things here: https://song.link/i/1451926021 I've been meaning to write a little about these tracks I'm currently putting out, and where this all came from. I never know if that is interesting to anyone, but I like stories. So here you go. This entire "Therapy" EP was written after therapy sessions (clever title, I know). But it didn't begin that way. It was originally called Verse/Chorus, because I wanted to try my hand at writing with standard song structure again. I treat EPs the way I think of short stories -- it is a place to experiment, to see how it feels getting out of your usual lane. Since I have been on the "narrative song structure" train for so long, I forgot what it was like to start with the song's format. So I wrote the music for these 6 tracks before the words, where I would traditionally do both together. But when sitting down to finish the songs, the only thing I had on my mind was what I was learning in therapy. It consumed my thoughts. If you knew me at the time, I probably talked your ear off about it. So I took the 6 songs I'd written and used each one to cover a subject I was coming to grips with -- guilt, doubt, acceptance, getting by, gratitude, and goodbyes. "Doubt" was during an early period, where I was learning a lot of important but difficult concepts. And for a while, the only thing I felt confident in were the things I don't know (but there was a positive side-effect from this, where I finally started understanding what the hell is meant by "mindfulness"). So the song was an attempt to convey a sense of drifting, unable to connect to very much beyond the things you no longer know. When it came time to make a video, I originally wrote a treatment that was very much in the style of "Hard of Hearing." Something funnier. But it didn't fit, and felt like a weaker version of the same idea. So I started over and focused on the words and that sense of being disconnected from what's going on around me -- where everything but the subject of the video changes. And despite how still and flat it (hopefully) reads, it was really difficult to make as we did everything in camera. No post alignment, or any post at all, beyond fading clips together. But I have always believed in using the concept as the decision maker when doing anything visual. Otherwise, it feels like arbitrary style choices, which I've never found very satisfying. For better or for worse, I love details and overthinking everything. But the whole EP will be out later this month. I also have a mirror version of it coming out shortly after. It's called "Therapy: Alternate Reality Version". I recorded every song in two different styles -- one more produced, and one more acoustic. So the "Alternate Reality Version" will be a more traditional version of the songs for me. If you are missing guitar/piano styles, stay-tuned. Welp, that's enough rambling from me. I hope everyone is well.
Radical Face Mar 28, 2019
So I made a video for my new song coming out tomorrow called “Doubt”, you can view it here premiered by my friends at FLOOD Magazine http://floodmagazine.com/59320/ben-cooper-of-radical-face-struggles-with-stasis-in-video-for-doubt/ This might appear simple, but it was the most technically and physically demanding video I’ve ever done. I like to make things difficult, so I decided that everything would be done in-camera. So no post was added at all, not even basics like color-correction. Just used some software to fade between clips. Sitting completely still for 30 to 45 minutes at a time is way more difficult than it sounds. If I moved even slightly, we had to start over. But I find it pretty funny that the most physically demanding video I've ever made involved not moving. And thematically speaking, this was all a visual attempt to get across how, when in the midst of depression, the world around you might be changing, but it doesn't register very much. How you can feel pretty much the same about any of it. Or that's how it's always been for me, at least. Not sure how it registers for other people. Thanks again to Roy (filming) and Jeremiah (production manager) for their patience in making this. It was about 7 straight days of reshoots to figure it out. I think everyone wanted to punch me, by the end. Myself included. And for the record, I am doing a lot better than when I wrote all these songs. I took a break from touring to really get my head back in some kind of order, and to figure out where I am going to live and where I am going with my life, both as a musician and in general. It's done wonders. I'm already working on the next full-length (it's called "Into the Woods") and have a lot of new things in the works, but I will get to all of that in time. I haven't even put this EP out yet. Ha. But I hope everyone is well. Take care of your brains. -Ben
Radical Face Mar 28, 2019
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Radical Face Mar 27, 2019
Radical Face Feb 22, 2019
So the first song from this new EP is up. It's called "Hard of Hearing" and the EP is titled "Therapy.” You can listen on all the things: https://radicalface.lnk.to/Therapy I originally started this EP under a different title ("Verse/Chorus"), because I wanted to see if I could write songs with standard formats. I've used narrative writing for so long that I wasn't sure how I'd do going back to something more direct. I actually had a lot of fun, digging into my favorite eras of pop music for ideas (70s and 80s, mostly). But once the structures were worked out and I moved on to subject matter, the things on my mind the most were what I was learning in therapy. I decided since that's where my head was at, that's what the songs would be about. And this time, I would not use any stories to hide the experiences in. For better or for worse. So on the whole, "Therapy" is all about aftermath. We often write about immediate experiences, or the moments that have the most glamour or impact, but not so much about trying to make sense of whatever you're left with afterwards. The songs on this EP cover different aspects of this (doubt, guilt, acceptance, etc), and of trying to find a new sense of normalcy after everything around you has changed, including yourself. And they were all written after, you guessed it, therapy sessions. "Hard of Hearing" specifically is about the awkward middle period, that space where you don't feel well at all, but you can outwardly function again. I learned that we often understand things long before we feel them, and that can create a sense of limbo. That limbo is where this song come from. Hope everyone is well. -Ben
Radical Face Feb 21, 2019
So here's the video for a track off this new EP called "Therapy" that is premiering with BrooklynVegan today https://tinyurl.com/y6ovc5mt. It's the first one I have made in a while, and I honestly missed it. Filming is always chaotic and long hours, but with the right people it is really fun. And it was great to write a treatment that didn't already have a story built in. I never made any videos for Ghost, and The Family Tree has such an overarching concept that there wasn't a lot of freedom with the videos. So this felt a lot more open in a nice way. Special thanks to Roy Berry, who has never shot a video before this one and did a crazy good job, and to Katie Parisi for keeping everything on track, organized, and filling out the whole look. And also to Josh and Jeremiah for all the back up, and to everyone who volunteered as an extra. Hopefully we can all make some more.
Radical Face Feb 20, 2019
Radical Face Feb 20, 2019
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Radical Face Feb 20, 2019
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Radical Face Nov 16, 2018
Today I am releasing a free album called “Missing Film’, a selection of instrumental music I've written and recorded over the past two years. These tracks range from film and TV commissions that didn't pan out, to one-off experiments that have no home. Instead of letting these just sit idly on harddrives, I thought I would make these tracks available to film makers and content creators to use, royalty-free, in any of their personal work. So as long as it's non-commercial, you can use any of these tracks for your work and do not need my explicit permission. The entire album is a free download, and Noisetrade has been kind enough to host for me. So if you want to download for your projects, or you'd just like to listen, here's the link: https://noisetrade.com/radicalface/missing-film Or on the regular services here: http://smarturl.it/ag6ods And if you're happy with your result, feel free to share what you make with me by sending an email through my website or posting on Youtube and tagging me. I'd love to see what people do with this. Hope everyone is well. -Ben
Radical Face Nov 16, 2018
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Radical Face Oct 23, 2018
Hey there. Hope everyone is good. This is an alternate version of "We're On Our Way" that I never released, but I liked how it came out. Just figured I'd upload it while I'm prepping my next release for Fall. https://youtu.be/jJ4oLqbayqY
Radical Face Jul 17, 2018
Where The Wild Things Aren't
Radical Face Jul 13, 2018
So the entire covers EP is up today: https://tinyurl.com/yaydfz6k I'll take a minute to describe the last two singles, since I forgot to write about the fifth one. I have too many irons in the fire sometimes. Number five was “Nothing Compares 2 U” from Sinead O'Connor (I know the song was originally written by Prince but that's not how I came across it). I first heard Sinead's record “I do not want what I haven't got” because my older sister had the tape. We were not well-off and there weren't a lot of records to pick from in the household, so I started listening to this album just for some variety. But it wasn't long before I got really into it, and really started to love her voice. I was maybe 11 years old at the time, and already into pretty heavy music like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins. So this was another guilty pleasure type of album – something I listened to when no one was around, or in headphones. I think those private records always leave a mark. You remember those a little differently. This track is also a go-to for me at karaoke, and something I've covered live plenty of times. So when working out what I wanted to record, this was first on the list. And then this final track in the set is the strangest one for me. I know the song “Memory”, and specifically the Elaine Paige version, but this was the only one that wasn't rooted in nostalgia for me. It was proposed almost as a challenge from someone I work with, Michael Pizzuto. He was curious what I do with a track like that. And I honestly wasn't sure at first. I was stumped for a couple days, and it forced me to approach arranging in a very different way because some of my standard toolkit just wasn't working. But I think it's my favorite of the bunch! I love things that push me into places I don't picture myself. It's the best way to learn. So yeah, that's this cover set. It was a really fun way to learn how to record in my apartment, to shake some dust off my production chops, to take silly photos and make no-budget videos. Thanks for following along, those of you who did. And thanks to everyone who helped me make everything (Roy Berry, Glen Alen, Amber Halford, Josh Lee, Clay Doran, Michael Pizzuto, and Rachel Cragg). But now, back to my regular onslaught of sad little songs. New EP coming shortly, as well as lots of releases with Bear Machine Records. But I'll write about that more in a separate post. Until then, I hope everyone is well.
Radical Face Jul 13, 2018
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Radical Face Jul 12, 2018
Last Cover in This Series.
Radical Face Jun 22, 2018
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Radical Face Jun 22, 2018
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