Sunday, March 29, 2015

CD Review: Eighties Rockers Translator Return With Album And Live Shows

San Francisco rock band Translator are enjoying a bit of a resurgence in underground popularity. They had a modern rock radio hit in 1982 with "Everywhere That I'm Not," before calling it quits in 1986. They released four studio albums between 1982-1986 and reunited a few times in the 2000's and even released a new album in 2012 entitled "Big Green Lawn." On March 31st, Omnivore Recordings will be releasing a new album from Translator ("Sometimes People Forget") full of rare demos recorded between 1979-1985. To support this new release, Translator with re-group for a string of shows in May in California.

The new twenty-two song release showcases a raw, truthful feel to their music, beginning with the post-punk energy of "Translator" and "Everywhere That I'm Not." These songs have a slightly different appeal as they are not overproduced and showcase the band's studio sound as they built up songs like "Necessary Spinning" and "Everything Is Falling." Their underground rock sound fits in perfectly with the modern alternative bands of the eighties like R.E.M., The Pretenders and fellow Californians Game Theory. The gentle flow of "Winter Crying" showcases another side to the band's songwriting, while this compilation displays how their music has grown and matured through their six years together. To find out more about this latest release from Translator on Omnivore Recordings, please visit

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thanks for your kind words re: Translator's new album! Fans of this band have always believed in their relevance & are so excited to see them live. They are playing at Slim's in San Francisco May 1, Molly Malone's in Los Angeles May 3 & Fingerprints Music in Long Beach May 4. For more info, please follow Translator on Twitter @TranslatorFans or Facebook at Friends & Fans of Translator