TV on the Radio continue to do all the promotion that comes with releasing a new album without actually releasing a new album. The Brooklyn quintet has already lined up a good chunk of festival dates, including Pemberton, Riot Fest Denver, and the recently announced Treasure Island fest. Now, 4/5ths of the group (minus Dave Sitek) join Saturday Night Live cast member Vanessa Bayer in her comedic web series “Sound Advice.”
“So, is it hard to be in a band while also being full-time baristas,” Bayer’s “Janessa Slater” asks the Cookie Mountain crew. The video mostly consists of TVOTR’s puzzled reactions as Bayer’s “media coach” persona asks them about the lyrics of “Wolf Like Me” and calls their music “garbage.” In one enlightening moment, when asked which Beverly Hills 90210 character they most identify with, we learn that Tunde Adebimpe feels the closest connection with Ian Ziering’s Steve Sanders.
In addition to touring and making funny videos with SNL cast members, TVOTR are also at work on a new album, their first since 2011’s Nine Types of Light. The group dropped a pair of singles last summer – “Mercy” and “Million Miles” – and debuted new tracks during recent live performances. Last November, they announced via Facebook that they’re currently recording their as-yet-untitled new LP.