Radio Moscow formed in Ames in 2004, a collaboration between two garage punk enthusiasts whose tastes had shifted into the heavy side of late-'60s psychedelia. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and drummer Parker Griggs and bassist Luke McDuff approached Auerbach
with a demo following a Black Keys
gig, and the more established musician was impressed enough to both produce their debut album and to get the duo signed to his label, Alive Records
. Although Griggs and McDuff recorded their self-titled first album as a duo, the pair hired drummer Mayuko to complete the trio for live purposes shortly before the album's release.
The band continued as a two-piece for 2009's hard-hitting Brain Cycles and 2011's even beefier The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz. In 2012, Alive
released 3 and 3 Quarters, an album Griggs recorded by himself in 2003 when he was 17 years old and much more heavily influenced by Pebbles-style garage rock. For the 2014 album Magical Dirt, Radio Moscow unveiled a new lineup, with Griggs joined by a fresh rhythm section, bassist Anthony Meier and drummer Paul Marrone. Now officially a power trio, the group documented its new on-stage force with the 2016 release Live in California. The following year saw the group ink a deal with Century Media Records
and release the heavy psych-fueled New Beginnings, their fifth studio long-player. ~ Stewart Mason, Rovi