The story of Beat Radio's Golden Age LP goes back to late 2008, when frontman/songwriter Brian Sendrowitz suddenly found himself without a band.
Beat Radio had gotten off to a good start a couple of years prior with their debut album, The Great Big Sea. The narrative is somewhat mythical but not unfamiliar. Lo-fi anthems are written in a flash of inspiration; quickly posted on the band's website and grab the attention of several influential music blogs. The excitement of glowing reviews and label interest fades as the band weathers lineup changes and the music industry seems to be caving in on itself. It all seemed to be over before it even began.
Sendrowitz ended working alone in his basement studio in Bellmore, Long Island. With a full time day job and a growing family of 3 young boys, there was no practical reason to keep the project going, but feeling a sense of responsibility to the songs he kept after it. A year's worth of late night sessions added up to Beat Radio's second full length, Safe Inside the Sound. A new full band lineup seemed to grow around the songs. Dan Bills came on board and helped fully realize the blissed-out synth pop vibes only hinted at previously. Evan Duby and Brian Ver Straten had worked together for while as rhythm section in another project. Intrinsically connected, they became the new soul of the Beat Radio, laying the foundation like a pair of Motown session pros.
At the start of 2010, everything seemed to be coming back together. The band set out to release 2 tracks every month through their Bandcamp site. The goal was to work spontaneously let the songs find whatever shape came most naturally. By early summer, Golden Age had begun to take shape. The band set up camp at a new rehearsal in Dumbo, Brooklyn and came into their own. New songs were written in a spirit of optimism and sincerity, centered around the belief that one can transcend limitations through the force of imagination. In August, Sendrowitz and company ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the vinyl pressing for the new album. The record was released as a limited edition 12" translucent gold vinyl LP in December on the band's new DIY boutique label, Awkward For Life Records.