words: Sarah Hojsak
Radiator Hospital has an undying knack for creating the catchiest, most cerebrally emotive songs that make you want to dance and put you in tune with your emotions at the same time. “Dance Number” is the latest in a years-long tradition of the Philly group’s aptitude for short but wordy, instantly lovable tracks. The first glimpse at their upcoming 3rd full-length Play the Songs You Like, “Dance Number” shows Radiator Hospital at their very best, back from a three-year release break following 2014’s Torch Song with the same delightful energy that’s made them a widely lauded pop punk favorite. And they sure know how to pack a lot of feelings into under two minutes – as Radiator Hospital frontman/founder/songwriter Sam Cook-Parrott describes it, “Dance Number” is a “feeling bad while also feeling good” song, a song about dancing in spite of loneliness or dejection, about finding peace in yourself instead of in others. “I find meaning in this life when I wake up every day / I’m feeling sick and tired in new and frightening ways,” Cook-Parrott sings, followed by “Don’t cover my eyes / I wanna be afraid / I am opening my heart / That’s the promise I have made.” Vulnerable but forthright, it’s a perfect tribute to embracing the good kind of afraid.
“Dance Number” comes with a festive backyard jam sesh of a video. Radiator Hospital is Sam Cook-Parrott, Cynthia Schemmer (also of the incredible Swanning), Jeff Bolt, and Jon Rybicki. Play the Songs You Like is out Oct. 20 via Salinas Records.