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Friday, April 26, 2013

Band turns to fans for new name

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  • Courtesy of Radio Birds

Meet Atlanta's newest local band, Radio Birds.

Radio Birds - formerly known as JK and the Lost Boys - announced their new name Tuesday night on WREK 91.1, Georgia Tech's radio station, during a live set. While many musical ensembles usually come up with their own name, Radio Birds actually asked their fans through an online campaign, "What do you want our new band name to be?" And received almost 300 ideas.

After a "three-month long process," which relied solely on their fans input, and a three-round elimination method of narrowing down "some of the most funny, atrocious, and inappropriate names" ever to a list of 10, they asked their fans to vote, and Radio Birds won.

Some of the suggestions - Altar Boyz 2 Men, Smells Like Mexico, Rick Ross Perot, Tyler Perry's: Madea plays in a band, Captain Bitch Tits and the Ed Hardy Trio, Muppet Sex Tape - were downright hilarious.

"We wanted to make sure in the process of changing [our name], it was something our fans knew about," says guitarist Jaz Dixon.

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Justin Keller, the "JK" in JK and the Lost Boys, says that the catalyst for the name change was the new direction in which the band is going. "For the last two records, I wrote all the songs ... With this new project, we are all participating and contributing to the writing," says Keller.

He adds that he didn't like his name out front giving the impression that the other guys are just a backing band. "I can't tell you how many times new fans have called me JK and referred to one of the other guys as 'lost boy,'" said Keller.

"After three years, two albums, and seven different members, the band is ready to move forward artistically and shed their old skin," wrote Dustin Boyer, general manager, in the band's press release.

The Radio Birds are currently recording a new self-titled EP and plans to keep their rock/blue/jam band roots, while "drawing from influences like James Taylor and Crosby Stills Nash and Young." Boyer wrote that the new album "will have a full-band sound with the lo-fi purity akin to old rock-n-roll."

The band's first official show as the Radio Birds will be on May 11, at the Masquerade stage during the Crescendo Festival (Old Fourth Ward festival).

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