Of all the bands in the U.K.’s shoegazer/Britpop movements devoted to reinterpreting the psychedelic ’60s for the postmodern ’90s, Martin Carr and his mates in the Boo Radleys were the hardest to pigeonhole. More forward-looking than Ride but as deft with a hook as Oasis, as danceable as Primal Scream but as creative as My Bloody Valentine, and above all as veddy, veddy British as Blur, the group had something for everyone but never connected with anyone—at least not on a mainstream level in the U.S.
The Rads hit their peak on Creation Records with the exuberant Wake Up! (1995) and the masterful C’Mon Kids (1997), a spirited invitation to join in a truly modern vision of the psychedelic ideal. They broke up after Kingsize in 1998, and while the band’s driving force, guitarist, and songwriter Carr continued to be sporadically active on his own, it was easy to lose track of him—until now. On his new album The Breaks, due Sept.