Go Radio Comes To An End

Below is a statement from the band:

It is with heavy hearts that after 7 years of making music and touring the world, Go Radio has come to an end.  For some of you this comes as a huge shock and for our friends and family this will be a certain sense of closure.  There is no easy way to write something like this so we won’t beat around the bush.  

Earlier this year Jason came to us with the news that he felt his time with Go Radio had come to an end.  He felt a shift in priority to spend more time with his wife and retire from a life on the road.  The decision to end this chapter was far from easy, but it simply would not be Go Radio without all four of us. Because of that, this decision is the right one.

The experiences, relationships, and memories we have shared are irreplaceable.  You, the fans, have had our backs from day one and we could not be more grateful for what you enabled us to accomplish.  You’ve given us a chance to travel the world and share our stories as you shared yours with us.  We cannot thank you enough. We always strived to be the best band and friends we could be.  To take the time to meet each and every one of you, talk to you, laugh with you, cry with you… we wouldn’t trade those moments for anything.  Go Radio was not just a band, it became a worldwide family, a lifeboat for all of us to keep our heads above water in good times and bad.  Music is immortal.  What we’ve created will never die.  We encourage you all to focus on the good as it significantly outweighs any sense of bad.  

As for the future… we will all be involved with music one way or another and will be active in letting you know what we’re up to.”

You can catch Steven on the entire Vans Warped Tour Australia this fall playing drums with Anarbor at the following dates:

Nov. 29th – Brisbane, AU

Nov. 30th – Coffs Harbour, AU

Dec. 1st – Sydney, AU

Dec. 6th – Canberra, AU

Dec. 7th – Melbourne, AU

Dec. 8th – Adelaide, AU

You can see Alex on the entire Glamour Kills Tour playing guitar for Stages and Stereos at the following dates:

10/11 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/15 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/16 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/17 New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/19 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/20 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/22 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/24 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/27 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/30 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

10/31 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/1 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/2 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/4 Denver, CO @ The Summit (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/7 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/8 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/9 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/11 San Francisco @ Slims (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/13 Los Angeles @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/14 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/16 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock on The Strip (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/17 Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/19 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/26 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/29 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 

11/30 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution (Glamour Kills Tour)

We love you all and look forward to your continuing support and seeing you all in the future!

Alex Reed and Steven Kopacz

Review:: Close The Distance | Go Radio


Following 2011’s Lucky Street, Go Radio have seriously stepped their game up to the next level.

This year, Close the Distance opens with a boom of “oh-oh-oh” in contrast to the siren wail that Lucky Street started with. From the first track, the what-bands-should-strive-for-as-an-album-opener “I Won’t Lie,” Jason Lancaster delivers consistent, perfect, heavy vocal performances, backed by upbeat piano, pop-punk hooks, and catchy choruses.

The string-laced “Baltimore” delivers a one-two punch followed by “Collide,” one of the higher tempo tracks on the record with a chorus that reaches for arena walls.

“‘Cause I won’t let you burn out tonight / let’s just stay here / Don’t breathe, ignite / And you be the reason, I’ll be the rhyme / We’ve both got way too much ahead to worry about what we’ve left behind / So you keep the beat, we’ll stay on time / and fill the pages with just how both our worlds collide.”

“Collide” drifts into the piano-driven lead single “Go to Hell,” a fist-pumping, gang vocal attack that comes out of nowhere, starting as just simple piano before Kopacz takes the reins.

Coupled with the power-ballad “Lost and Found,” the title track lifts the tempo back up to the pop-punk style we’ve known from Go Radio. The song itself has one message: run; “Run, like it’s time that’s chasing us / like you will never find enough / like you forgot the words “give up” / and live to close the distance.”

“What If You Don’t” is one of the best ballads of the season. Swooning violins creeping in beneath Lancaster and his piano will have crowds lifting lighters in the air. A mixture of clean vocals and Lancaster’s classic wail moves the listener through a tragic song of uncertainty.

Thankfully, “Things I Don’t See” instantly brings in a steady blend of pop guitar from Alex Reed and a head-bopping Matt Poulos bass line. The repeated use of a low piano song followed by an energetic pop track gives Close the Distance that little bit extra, tugging at the listener’s emotions and then carrying them through the next song.

“The Ending” lets Go Radio flex their muscles again as a whole, with spot-on performances all melding into one; hard vocals with heartfelt lyrics, pitch-perfect backing vocals, heavy drums, tempo-driving bass, and smooth guitars thrown into a blender.

Quick piano and soft vocals demand “Over Me” to be added onto breakup playlists and romantic-comedy soundtracks. As Lancaster picks up the pace vocally, the band drops in as he sings “Now all the hope and all the fear / and everything we built this year / is breaking down around us now / and falling with your perfect tears. / If love could lift us over everything / all we need’s a set of wings.”

Wind chimes and a rumbling breeze fade away with the end of the “Over Me,” hinting that a storm is on its way.

An echoing organ and piano accompany a soft, acoustic strum and somber Lancaster vocals. As the lyrical intensity rises, the strum increases, the keys hit heavier, the words pack more of a punch. By the end, Lancaster is screaming “And I had heart, but it left with your breath / and the notes that you said, I’ll remember them always / Just the thought that you’re here in my chest / keeps the thoughts in my head from the dark that is these days. / The pictures on the wall my dear / the holy ghost himself can’t make appear.”

Close the Distance is the most mature and heartfelt material we’ve heard from Go Radio. The combination of fast and slow tempos, sorrowful and optimistic lyrics, and the moodiness that listeners hope for makes for an experience that lasts.

Rating: 4/5
Total Runtime: 42 Minutes
Release Date: September 18th

Track Listing:
1. I Won’t Lie
2. Baltimore
3. Collide
4. Go To Hell
5. Lost And Found
6. Close The Distance
7. What If You Don’t
8. Things I Don’t See
9. The Ending
10. Over Me
11. Hear Me Out

Go Radio Is:
Jason Lancaster – Vocals, Guitar
Alex Reed – Guitar, Vocals
Matt “Burns” Poulos – Bass, Vocals
Steven Kopacz – Drums

Written By: Eric Riley