There’s something refreshingly quaint yet modern about a band coming together in response to an online ad looking for like-minded musicians. Following his move from Limerick to Brighton in the quest to break into the London scene, Brían McNamara got his wish when his advert was answered by the talented violinist Nikki Bates. From there sprang Warsaw Radio, a band named after a live orchestra that played over the airwaves to keep Polish spirits up during World War II until their transmitter was hit by a shell. Now bolstered by Laurence Bridge on bass, that air of defiance runs through much of Midnight Broadcast, a debut album that is startling with its self-assurance.
The Brighton-based Warsaw Radio have just announced the release of their new album Midnight Broadcast, out 23rd March, preceded by the single ‘Ms. Monroe’. The song and video takes inspiration from the relationship between filmmaker Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. The lyrical narrative imagines Monroe giving advice on relationships after the break down of her relationship with Miller when they were filming what would be Monroe’s last film (1962’s The Misfits) in Reno, Nevada.