Friday, October 8, 2010
Radical Face Returns...
Radical Face is the solo project of Ben Cooper, musician, illustrator, and artist based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. On November 16, 2010, Radical Face will release the EP Touch The Sky via Morr Music.
In 2007, Radical Face released Ghost, an album that presented the simple idea: what if houses had memories? Some of the songs on Ghost were from people still living their lives, some were from the point of view of those dead and gone, watching over the living or haunting them. Be sure to check out the "Making of Ghost" documentary that aired across the US on Current.TV. Ben is also a member of the Jacksonville duo Electric President. Made up of Ben and band mate Alex Kane, Electric President has two albums and one EP, also released under Morr Music.
Both bands are fantastic and all the records are great. Seriously, and I'm not just saying that because they're from here.
Following Touch The Sky, Radical Face plans to release three full-length records over the year. The first of "The Family Tree" trilogy is called Roots, followed by Branches, and the final LP, Relatives. "The Family Tree" trilogy features characters set in an era in the late 1800s. Such concepts and stories come naturally to Ben, who before turning to music was an author. He switched to music because he knew he “could never write something as perfect as 'East of Eden”, not to mention his hard drive crashed containing two finished books. Ben finds inspiration from his family, his many siblings, and upbringing.
Touch The Sky features his new song, "Doorways" as well as an acoustic version of the previously released track "Glory" and the reprise and inclusion of "Welcome Home", which ignited most recent interest as the soundtrack of the year long I Am Nikon campaign. Ben also has had music featured in the films "The Vicious Kind" and "Humboldt County", as well as the trailer for the 2010 Reel Rock Film Tour. Ben writes all the music and plays all the instruments in a small shed behind his home in Jacksonville Beach. His new video "Doorways" just premiered on Under The Radar and was made for under $200 by Ben, several of his young nieces and nephews, and childhood friend Mark Hubbard.