Living in the halfway point between two major cities (Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA), Radioman writes and performs their music in the hidden and confined life of Medford, Oregon. Interstate 5 stabs though that small city and leaves behind the musical residue of those bands traveling up and down the asphalt. Radioman is a power trio that combines the psychedelic melodies (or, some might say, dissonance) reminiscent of the 60's Haight-Ashbury district with the raging heroin-stained metal/punk of the gritty Portland scene. Radioman's debut CD, Intake, is a journey through the turbulent youth of singer/guitarist Doug Striley. The songs reflect on his days going through personal changes, finding self-empowerment, and dismissing the outside influences that threatened that inner strength. The lyrics though at times brutal and intense are meant to act as motivation for the listener to analyze and assess what influences their empowerment and inner strength. Songs like Desperate Children focus on the fear of change and the reliance on outside sources for personal strength. The lyrics explain how Striley has faced changes in his life and has come out ''alive and not broken, not defeated.' Cane continues the theme as Doug uses the scenario of a drug rehabilitation center as a metaphor for the outside influence on inner-strength. He encourages the listener to find their own empowerment, 'through that door/there's a world waiting to lift you and carry you high.' The power of Doug Striley's lyrics are not lost in the barrage of Radioman's powerful collective sound. With a musical stand as an immense wake up call to support his dominant statements, Radioman serves not only as a call to action but motivation to their fans as well as a nation.
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