New Radiant Storm King

Decades: 1990s 2000s


Although they never received either the commercial or critical acclaim of their fellow Amherst, Massachusetts, USA-based contemporaries Sebadoh and Dinosaur Jr, indie rock band New Radiant Storm King maintained a loyal cult following throughout the 90s and survived as a viable recording concern well into the new millennium. Hailing from Amherst, Matt Hunter (guitar/vocals), Elizabeth Sharp (drums/vocals), Peyton Pinkerton (bass/vocals), and Eli Miller (guitar) originally formed the band in 1990. Early releases such as 1992’s My Little Bastard Soul and 1993’s Rival Time should have benefited through alternative rock’s sudden acceptance by the mainstream, but both fell through the cracks. Despite the lack of recognition, New Radiant Storm King continued to persevere, making major fans out of Guided By Voices’ Robert Pollard and the Silver Jews’ David Berman, among others. Hunter and Pinkerton remained the two constant members throughout...

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