Brave Radar's minimalist pop

The four-member band is an indie fixture in Montreal.

Brave Radar: frank, majestic and flappable
Brave Radar: frank, majestic and flappable

Playing soft and intricate pop, Brave Radar began as the solo project of Sydney, Australia’s Conor Prendergast. After moving to Montreal, he was joined by Halifax’s Tessa Smith of Fixture Records. The band has since grown to be a four-piece, full-fledged member of Montreal’s independent scene, with Smith’s label at the centre.

If he could describe the band in three words, Prendergast says Brave Radar is “frank, majestic and flappable.” Brave Radar’s OBEY show is Sunday at noon at Seven Bays Bouldering, a return to town after playing a Fixture showcase at the Halifax Pop Explosion in 2014. Next month, the band releases its first vinyl record, Lion Head, produced at The Bottle Garden in Montreal, the home studio of fellow Fixture band Freelove Fenner.

“The constraints of recording straight to tape were actually pretty fun,” says Prendergast. “It forces you to be a bit less precious.” Like bands Each Other and OBEY gig-mates Old & Weird, Brave Radar renegotiates standard scales and note progressions, with gentle half-time vocals.

“We share minimalism in common,” Prendergast says. “We really like those bands a lot and I can’t speak for them, but I feel like we just look for melodies that are interesting to us as a starting point. But I like the idea of trying to manipulate really basic ideas and textures, as well.” 

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

The Coast Daily email newsletter is your extra dose of the city Monday through Friday. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.

Recent Comments