The Radio Dept. Share Song; Announce North American Tour and ‘Pet Grief’ Reissue

The Radio Dept. have released their new single “The Absence of Birds.” The song was shared via the band’s own Just So! label. The single includes the band’s original version, as well as a cover by Civilistjävel!. The release marks the band’s first new music since 2018. “The Absence of Birds” serves as a distillation of the band’s signature sound, a purified and dreamy snapshot, reflective of their nostalgia drenched, angular beauty.

They’re also happy to announce they’ll be touring North America this spring and will be bringing along fellow Swedish band Hater to support. Full list of dates below. Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am local time HERE.


Speaking on the origin of the new song, the band says: “‘The Absence of Birds’ is a song about missing someone. And about forcing the hand of chance to make new and unexpected things happen. There’s more to come this year, ten or more songs will be released in some way or another during 2020. Release formats to be decided from what we feel suits the songs.”

Today also brings with it the news that The Radio Dept.’s second album, Pet Grief (2006), is now being re-pressed on vinyl. There will be one edition on Blue Transparent Vinyl, (limited to 500 copies), sold only through the official Just So! merch shop HERE. There will also be a regular Black Vinyl version available for general distribution. Both editions come in a gatefold cover with gently remastered audio. Pre-orders are shipping out in mid March or as soon as the albums arrive. General release date TBD.

The Radio Dept. Tour Dates:

04/26/20 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat

04/27/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

04/28/20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall

04/29/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

04/30/20 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral

05/01/20 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club

05/02/20 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

05/03/20 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

05/06/20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos

05/07/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Venue

05/08/20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

05/10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

05/11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

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