Friday 21st August 2015
After nearly five years of playing together, hundreds of sweat-drenched, high-octane rock shows and two critically-acclaimed EP’s under their belts, Missouri punk brothers Radkey have released their debut album Dark Black Makeup today on Little Man Records.
Streaming online today, this set of songs is a sizeable step up from the trio’s bombastic early recordings that introduced Radkey to the world at large. They’ve left the bubble of adolescence behind to contemplate the challenges of adulthood. It’s a set of songs born out of eye-opening experiences, world travel, high times and new flavours.
“Being home-schooled we began to find we didn’t have enough material to write songs about,” says Isaiah. “But having had real life experiences out on the road – going to play places like Download Festival on our first ever day abroad was insane and scary and wild – we suddenly had a tonne of new things to write about. That’s all gone into the album.”
These songs feature a cast of characters that somehow combine the cold reality of modern American life with the imaginative, escapist fantasies of young dudes raised on a diet of trash/pop culture. This is a world inhabited by student/teacher affairs, lonely divorcees, sadistic doctors, mental hospital patients and songs inspired by public executions, but also with a side order of evil supervillains and hallucinogenic drugs too.
Recorded primarily in the UK at McCall Sound Studios in Sheffield alongside producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, The Fall, Jarvis Cocker), the album is a blistering punk opus featuring thirteen tracks that show off the band’s ability to blend stadium-sized riffs with addictive pop sensibilities.
Stream the album over on SoundCloud here: