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Radio Berlin's style isn't for everyone

Brad MacKinnon, left, Jack Duckworth, Chris Frey and Lyndsay Sung are Radio Berlin. The band is slowly coming into its own.
Brad MacKinnon, left, Jack Duckworth, Chris Frey and Lyndsay Sung are Radio Berlin. The band is slowly coming into its own.
Radio Berlin

Radio Berlin's guitarist/keyboardist Jack Duckworth knows his band's music isn't for everyone.

"Our band's sound doesn't appeal to the masses," Duckworth said during a telephone interview from Portland, Ore. "But the people who do like us, and are familiar with our aesthetic, know we like to have fun when we play."

Radio Berlin formed in Vancouver, B.C., in 1999, when Duckworth teamed with guitarist Chris Frey, drummer Brad MacKinnon and keyboardist Warren Hill — who was replaced this year by Lyndsay Sung.

"I was into a lot of underground music," Duckworth said. "I was raised in a small town and didn't have a lot of people who liked the kind of things I did. So out of my own research, I found this type of music that really caught my attention."

After a couple of years of playing guitar in his bedroom, Duckworth decided it was time to go to the next level. "When you're 14 and 15, you don't really think about talking to publicists or the press when you want to play music. You just think about playing a show in the next town."

Radio Berlin was dedicated to its craft, and after releasing a series of singles, extended-plays and full-length albums, the band has slowly come into its own. "We've been around long enough for some people to know who we are," said Duckworth. "But we're still not as well known as other acts. And, to tell you the truth, that's OK. We're kind of riding under the radar, and we can do pretty much anything we want, musically."

But the band's situation still has its problems. "Everything's an uphill struggle. But we have a lot of fun playing music with a bunch of friends."


If you go

What: Radio Berlin, Quietus, On Vibrato and the Goodbites

Where: Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West

When: Monday, 7:30 p.m.

How much: $15

Phone: 320-9887

Web: www.kilbycourt.com


E-MAIL: scott@desnews.com