Sweetchild

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At first listen, Public Radio is intriguing. Then, riveting. Soon, addictive. A dizzying collection of electronic beats, pop hooks and highly emotive vocals, their debut Sweetchild is pure, unadulterated "emotronic" if you will. It's a reflection on contemporary emotional life that will be applauded not only for the sheer strength of its songs, but also for the striking harmony of its individual parts. Lead singer and songwriter Mark Mathis' voice blends with the subtle electro arrangements so pleasantly, it's almost as if these songs found him. On a mission to make a difference, Public Radio forges songs that are inspiring for personal and social change. Mathis adds "The thing that I love about this album is that it's aggressive, but it will still make you cry. I still feel inspired when I listen to it. The album isn't necessarily anti-establishment, but the undertone of Sweetchild is one of resistance to the norm. Music shouldn't be treated like a commodity, which is often the case these days. It should regarded as a driving force of social change." A perfect balance of raw energy, crafty songwriting and lyrical sincerity, this powerful debut will keep your ears dancing from start to finish. (DER-478)

"With emo starting to wear thin on the ground, we return (as ever) to the trusted folk of Deep Elm to find out what's really worth listening to. Refreshingly as ever the guys have uncovered a few gems of late and PUBLIC RADIO are my own personal favourites right now. Welding semi angular guitar rock onto a flatbed of Postal Service esque electronica (all dusty drums and glitchy beats) proves to be something of a masterstroke as the band use the extra textures to create wonderful jumping off points for a series of stratospheric choruses - most pertinently on "Forgot Love" which comes on like Simon Neil fronting a chemically enhanced U2. I say this as no bad thing. An excellent debut for sure and one that proves that all is not lost in the wilderness of post-Weintz alternative rock." - Old Age Hipster

"The 5 song EP from this Charlotte four piece starts off with a great rock based song - the hardest one of the 5 - with some nice synth backing it up, and that sets the pace for the remainder of 'Sweetchild.' Full of pop hooks, youthful energy, and plenty of electronic / synth buried in the melodies, 'Sweetchild' finds itself being a charming debut for these guys on Deep Elm, the sort of disc that succesfully bridges the gap between mainstream arena rock and up and coming indie, straight ahead rock and quirky synth. Public Radio are as likely to remind you of superstars like Weezer as they are obscure bands like The Notwist, though ultimately they take on an identity all their own. Emotive, compellling and memorable - this is a short bust of power and melody, an exercise is what perfectly crafted indie rock sounds like in 2010. These guys could very well be the next big thing. For fans of: Postal Service, Death Cab For Cutie, Paramore." - go211

"Public Radio is on a mission. That mission is simple: to make a difference by creating songs that are energetic and inspiring for social and personal change. After listening to this Charlotte based quartet's latest EP 'Sweetchild,' I'd say the boys are on the right track. I'm not kidding when I say this; 'Forgot Love' is one of the best of songs I've heard in recent months. The melody, music, and rhythm are all synched perfectly. I'm a sucker for meaningful and positive lyrics and 'Forgot Love' delivers with lines like, 'You can hum it all you like / but you can't be in love without showing it' and 'I wanna be with you when the night time is over/ I wanna be with you when the morning is coming.' 'Accident' is almost as appealing and memorable as 'Forgot Love'. The majority of the track is purely electronic rhythms and ends with a cool little guitar lick. Public Radio is headed in the right direction with 'Sweetchild' and I'm hoping for great things from these guys in the future. If you dig on groups like Phoenix, The Medicine, or We Are Lions you're likely to enjoy Public Radio." - Alt Sounds

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released September 7, 2009

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Track Name: Sweetchild
i was talking to a friend of mine about the end of the world as we know it. yeah, and we all know it. sunday bloody sunday - come again as you are - as you were. as a train wreck falling from your eyes. everybody hurts - sometimes. the radio got bought - by some big tv network. oh my, i think i'm gonna cry. and it was all yellow - we were all stained. by some clown throwing biscuits from a stage. now we tune in every week. to see some cockney cowboy columbine little kids hopes and little kids dreams. you were home and i was alone but i wasn't afraid of being. the best part of waking up and i got lost and i scrubbed myself clean. i was clean - i was oc, but i lost my anatomy. and i woke up to find i wasted my whole day. everybody hurts - sometimes. the radio got bought - by some big tv network. oh my, i think i'm gonna cry. the camera lies - the camera lies. you and i were meant for more than hovering around these tv screens. taking in everything. turn your eyes - turn your eyes. come and fly the friendly skies. take a good luck and walk away. everybody hurts - sometimes. the radio got bought - by some big tv network. oh my, i think i'm gonna cry. do you get it? 'cos i got it. i sing it - you shout it. we stand united - we've got to fight it all
Track Name: Forgot Love
you can hum it all you like. you can sing it in your mic. but you can't be in love without showing it. you can write it on a page. but you'll forget the phrase. cos you can't sing of love without knowing it. when are you gonna come home. i know your secrets, i know your songs. when will the fever break. i feel the winds about to change. you can leave it on your phone. you can call it all night long. but you can't be in love without showing it. you can rule the radio. front the rolling stone. but you can't sing of love without knowing it. when are you gonna come home. i know your secrets, i know your songs. when will the fever break. i feel the winds about to change. and all you thought that you once knew. you've lost your way your sense of truth. your heart's been crushed. you forgot love. coming home. and all you thought that you once knew. you've lost your way your sense of truth. take off your coat and wipe your shoes. i'm calling you. no more excuses. your heart's been crushed. you forgot love. i want to be with you when the nighttime is over. i want to be with you when the morning is coming. i want to be with you when the winter is over. i want to be with you when the springtime is coming. i want to be with you when this lifetime is over. i want to be with you when this morning is coming. i want to be where you are
Track Name: 17 Is Too Young
and if you're going my way - maybe i could stay 'til friday. there's so much i wanna say - but baby i don't want to bore you. i got a pack of cigarettes and the best of guns 'n roses. my girlfriend's a mess and i don't want to go to war. and i don't want to fight anyone. i just want to be a kid again. i don't want to hurt anyone. i just want to go to bed. well there's a megaphone in my head trying to tell me it's ok. to kill another man in the name of foreign trade. yeah, i was on drugs - i was in love with hate. now i'm in the back of the line trying to steal away. and i don't want to fight anyone. i just want to be a kid again. i don't want to hurt anyone. i just want to go to bed. yeah, wake me up in another day. when men don't kill in the name of faith. i just want to see my baby's face. i want to work in a record store. i want to clean up my mistakes. i want to learn to play guitar. i just want to see my baby's face. i'm gonna move to mexico
Track Name: Accident
oh, i caused this accident. headlight crash into cement. send someone outside to bring me in. but oh, i could be brand new a little more like you. a little more like. oh, i crossed the line again. caught red-handed in my sin. is this the beginning of my end. but oh, i could be brand new a little more like you. a little more like truth. but oh, i would like to choose a little more good news. a little more like you. forty blocks in an ambulance - oh god, i'm praying that you're listening. lay me on the table. doctor, please do all to save me. i just lost all feeling in my heart. but oh, i could be brand new a little more like you. a little more like truth. but oh, i would like to choose a little more good news. a little more like you
Track Name: Outer Limits
well i could never say that to you dear. if only for a moment the lines would clear. to tell you who you are. who you're not. from the outer limits of your heart. well there is something else going on you see. the dark and the light are calling me. you got your homemade weapons that you bought at the store. and a cup of cold coffee on your bedroom floor. inside outside- we tried getting up at sunset. i bet they thought we were going crazy. maybe we were heading down the wrong road, who knows, maybe so. you talked about god like i had dreamed him. i was flying blind i could not see then. but you run. through the fields. bringing hope and cheer. and you are like a star that flew straight into my heart. well there is a song that i'd like to sing. it's about the dark and the light and the in between. but there's the same old numbers on the telephone and you can't hear it playing on the radio. the call of the wild is calling me. if i'm gonna live i better live free. so if you're coming up empty you're coming up short. push the outer limits of your heart. inside outside- we tried getting up at sunset. i bet they thought we were going crazy. maybe we were heading down the wrong road, who knows, maybe so. you talked about god like i had dreamed him. i was flying blind i could not see then. but you run. through the fields. bringing hope and cheer. and you are like a star that flew straight into my heart

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