Singer/songwriter: for most, the term still brings to mind the sound of one voice and a fingerpicked guitar, or a quiet piano, sketching a monochromatic study of one individual's emotional landscape. Mike Baker, who performs and records as the Northern California alternative pop/rock act Radio Nowhere, is not that kind of singer/songwriter.
Possessed by kaleidoscopic musical visions and a tendency to spend more time singing about hostage crises than inner pain, Baker plays a pawnshop full of instruments and handles the engineering and production chores in solo pursuit of his own brand of panoramic sound: "electric roadtrip singalong music".
Loud guitars, mistreated beatboxes, catchy choruses and a reverence for classic pop songs mark Radio Nowhere as something like a fellow traveler with the likes of The Wallflowers, Counting Crows, and Elvis Costello. Fans who've always loved these artists, but wished that they'd turn their amps up a little bit, will definitely notice a kindred spirit in Radio Nowhere.