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Tunes of the Town: Sub-Radio Standard

Mary Hamula | 1/5/14 11:47am

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Tunes of the Town” is an interview series with local bands and musicians conducted by Mary Hamula. Fill out the contact form below with any questions or interview suggestions.


Sub-Radio Standard

Sub-Radio Standard is a alternative rock group made up of AU student Adam Bradley on lead vocals,  John Fengya on guitar and keyboard, Barry Siford on bass and vocals, Matt Prodanovich on guitar and vocals, Mike Chinen on guitar, and Michael Pereira on drums.


Why did you pick your band name?

Matt: We couldn’t think of a band name, so we pulled out a Best Buy ad and started pointing at things. It was three different pages of the ad.

How did you form?

John: Matt and I had been thinking of starting a band together for a while.

Adam: Matt, John and Michael had been tooling around for a while, and

 we’ve sort of assembled over the years.

What genre of music would you describe your band to be?

Barry: Is Maroon 5 a genre?

Michael: Alternative pop rock.

Do you write your own music?

Barry: Matt and Adam will write the beginning of a song, and everyone else kind of fills in. We’ll swap ideas off each other.

Michael: Everyone pretty much writes their own parts.

Who or what would you say has the greatest influence on your musical style?

Michael: Everyone pretty much draws from their own influence.

Adam: Everyone has their own personal taste that they bring into the band, which makes us really cool and unique.

What’s your favorite part about being in a band?

Matt: Women.

Michael: Playing on stage is my favorite thing.

Adam: I remember seeing people singing along to our songs and thinking that was all I ever wanted.

What’s your least favorite part about being in a band?

Barry: Coordinating times.

Michael: Selling tickets for shows.

Adam: Pretty much all the logistical stuff that comes with being in a band.

 What is a typical band practice like?

Adam: There is no typical band practice. Sometimes we’ll work on a song skeleton, or we’ll yell at each other about logistics.

Barry: Sometimes we sit down and just do
stuff and be really productive.

Adam: Lately we’ve been just fleshing out idea for setlists for shows.

Where is your favorite place to play in DC?

John: 9:30 Club for all of us.

Michael: It’s the biggest and the best. The sound quality is amazing.

John: For a long time it was the dream, we’ve all seen bands we really respect there.

What is the strangest venue or gig you have ever played?

Barry: It was a parking lot in front of a Food Lion.

Adam: We found ourselves with folding chairs, and we were playing to a parking lot.

Matt: Only our families showed up but they paid us.

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If you could play a show with any band, who would it be?

Barry: Fall Out Boy.

Adam: I second that.

Michael: Maybe Two Door Cinema Club.

Matt: AWOLNation.

Where can people find you and your music on the internet?

Matt: Facebook!

Michael: iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify.

Is there anything else you would like to share (i.e. merchandise, tours or new releases)?

Adam: Our EP is being released September 24th, it’s called Where I’m Coming From. We’re kind of on hiatus performance wise. We have a lot of exciting stuff coming up.

Listen to Sub-Radio Standard’s new EP Where I’m Coming From on their Youtube channel or ReverbNation!

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