Radio Compass combines riot grrl yip and yelp with the arch tunefulness of peak new wave songwriters, wrapped up and delivered by a loud band that's equal parts bashing grunde and lockstep post-punk. The songs alternately plead, scold, and simmer.
In the past 5 years they've garnered a strong local following and developed a reputation for their minimalist rock and roll attitude, high energy performances, cathartic riffs and infectious hooks. Their highly anticipated sophomore album "... FOR A GIRL" produced by long-time Boston producer Richard Marr of Galaxy Park, was released in September 2018 with warm reception by music outlets like Vanyaland, Indie617, WEMF and Boston Emissions, who included them on their Top 5 Songs of the Week.
The band has been involved in community art and fundraising events, including frontwomxn Lee's Annual Rock for HAWC fundraiser for individuals impacted by domestic violence and has featured many local favorite acts (Carissa Johnson, Tigerman Woah and The Devils Twins to name a few) over the course of the past 5 years. They've also appeared at Ralph's PunkCake Arts Fest.
After a brief hiatus and a lineup change which included the addition of guitarist Franklin Siplas (also of Michael Kane & The Morning Afters and ArtThieves), the band got back into it full force with 2019 performances at Boston's 2019 Rock and Roll Rumble (Somerville,MA), Bright Lites Music Fest (Everett, MA), Boston Local Music Fest (Boston, MA) and Pouzza Fest9 (Montreal, Canada).
While most of 2020 was slow for musicians everywhere because of the pandemic, Radio Compass had some songs featured in Harmonix products- All Stars featured in Audica DLC and Run with You, off the new LP featured in Rock Band's anniversary DLC bundle at the end of 2021.
During the course of the pandemic, Lee continued to write what is now "Aloha" pulling in other musician friends to perform on it and this is how drummer's Ally Bull and Sean Cahalin came to now be part of the Radio Compass family. With more shows and touring in mind, the group joined Sound Investment Records for the release of their new album, Aloha, which just dropped in the U.S. and Canada May 20, 2022 (produced by Steve R. Lord and mastered by Alex DeTurk of The Bunker) available digitally or in 12" vinyl. Spring has already shown to be fruitful on the music front. This post punk outfit just returned from Pouzza Fest 10 and released a new video for Salem Romantics and A Shame. Gunner Records just announced partnering with Sound Investments for a European release. As they gear up for many more events in the US and beyond, keep your eyes open for upcoming tour dates!
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RockBand 4's 5th anniversary DCL pack featuring Radio Compass by Katey Farmanian October 6, 2020
Hailing from spooky Salem, Massachusetts, Radio Compass is bringing you “Run with You”. Radio Compass is a rockin’ group of incredibly talented folks that bring us no shortage of satisfying riffs and hooks that will invade your brain for days to come (in the best way). The female-fronted powerhouse band brings us “Run with You”, and regardless of your preferred Rock Band instrument, your entire crew will find no shortage of things to love about this track, and the urge to dance along.
Radio Compass heal damaged friendships with the fiery ‘Run With You’ vy Michael Marotta October 8, 2020
Radio Compass flaunt their all-star Salem status on new EP By Victoria Wasylak on September 24, 2018
Here’s a new musical treat that’s good for a girl (or a boy, or a non-binary person, or literally anyone in general): This past Friday, Salem trio Radio Compass birthed their newest EP, a five-track foray into their dream-punk world. It’s titled …for a girl, and the record flaunts their fast-paced “All-Star” status on the Salem garage rock scene. Angela Lee — who you might recognize as Rock For HAWC’s organizer — takes the helm as the band’s lead singer, and honestly, some stellar vocal comparisons come to mind (like Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison ). That’s a 2k18-style musical endorsement if we ever heard (wrote?) one, and this is a compass that’s headed in a very stellar direction.
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Salem, MA's Own Radio Compass Release Smashing New EP "...For A Girl" October 9, 2018
Salem, MA based outfit Radio Compass are riding the wave with the recent release of their brand new EP "...For A Girl". The collection is a raw and unflinching blend of punk and alt rock conjured upon one streamlined approach that really makes you approach the outfit straight from the get go. The trio consists of Angela Lee, Jill Rogers-Jensen, and Kerry (Myra) Lee. The group have a mystical element associated with them that is reflective of their upbringing in Salem, a town most associated with witches and all things associated with Halloween. I remember featuring the band on my site a few years back, and I marveled at how the group kept it simple and didn't attach any frills whatsoever to their music, keeping things fresh and in perspective for the listener. On their new EP, the group are evolving greatly but are still maintaining the same creative approach that made them so successful from the start. An incredible local act that is worthy of checking out for the first time.
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Q&A with Radio Compass