Radkey’s bassist, Isaiah, on their new manga-inspired video for “Romance Dawn”

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udMGjzuYNTw[/embed] St. Joseph, Missouri's international kings of rock 'n' roll, Radkey, premiered the video for "Romance Dawn" via New Music Express on Monday. We were impressed by the vibrant video, and reached out to the band with some questions. Bassist Isaiah Radke was kind enough to respond via Facebook (because that's how things get done in the modern world). The new video looks amazing. Who did the work on it? It was directed by Shaun Hamontree and Cyan Meeks. They rule. There are elements of anime and comics -- specifically manga -- in the "Romance Dawn" video. Whose idea was that? Shaun Hamontree's idea. He found a great way to get all of that cool stuff that we're into in a music video. He had us send him a list of like, all of the manga, comics and artist/writers that we were into. radkey romance dawn stillWere you inspired by any particular title when the video was being put together? It's inspired by an anime called One Piece. It's one of our favorites and that's what the song's about. This isn't the first manga / anime-inspired thing you've done. "Spirals" was influenced that way, too, right? Yes, bigtime. Though that was more blatant. While the title of the E.P. and song are obviously One Piece inspired, the lyrics are a lot more obscure. You'd have to be pretty caught up on the manga/anime to get which arc it's about. Given that all these questions are about comics or cartoons, what are you reading these days that folks should check out, and why? Still reading One Piece pretty religiously. And we'd totally recommend that everyone check out Attack on Titan, Kids On The Slope, and Sword Art Online. Get on Crunchyroll.com and watch that shit. Radkey's new EP, Devil Fruit, which features "Romance Dawn," sees release on October 15, and you can catch them on BBC2's Later ... with Jools Holland on Tuesday, October 1, at 10:00pm GMT. Take a listen to another track off the EP, "Overwhelmed," below. [embed]https://soundcloud.com/radkey-band/overwhelmed[/embed]

Radkey, “Cat and Mouse EP” 12-inch

cover - radkey cat and mouseRadkey is probably the hottest band to come out of the Kansas City / Lawrence area in the past few years -- and they're actually from St. Joseph, Missouri, so go figure. They're a trio of young brothers making rock 'n' roll -- a story that has comparisons with everyone from proto-punks Death to Kansas City's own rockers, the Architects, whose Phillips brothers started making noise at around the same age. Their Cat and Mouse EP just saw a digital release through Wreckroom Records, along with a limited pressing of 300 on 12-inch black vinyl. For all the hype, for all the "they're so young" commentary, for everything else ... what occasionally gets lost in the flurry of coverage about Radkey is that they're a fantastically good band. Dee's voice has a resonant near-croon which gives their music a certain gravitas usually lacking in young bands. However, for all of the skill they demonstrate in creating an atmospheric eeriness in songs like "Cat and Mouse," the group isn't infallible. "N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay)" has a wonderful message -- specifically, dropping n-bombs to someone of color is straight-up offensive, and no amount of "well, was 'ga' not 'ger,' so it's all right" will get you out that. The song's a rocker, and the message admirable, but it's the sort of song only a young band would write. It reminds me of the songs James Brown would write and perform, like "Killing Is Out, School Is In" which were politely applauded at his concerts, but never made it as a hit. The message is admirable, and the song well-done, but it's so earnest, it's a trifle embarrassing. The rather overt-earnestness is completely counterbalanced by the pure, driving punk rock blast of "Out Here In My Head," which is easily the perfect meeting space between melody and intensity. "Red Letter" is a bashed-out crusher that pummels you with its rhythm, and the way Dee and Isaiah's vocals counterpoint each other -- one low, the other high -- is an excellent example of what makes this band work. Plus -- and I've said it before, but it bears repeating -- drummer Solomon is the unsung member of the trio. His drumwork is like that of Charlie Watts or Ringo Starr, in that it's not the sort of thing you notice when you see the band live. Solomon Radke's a small kid, and tucked back behind his kit between two energetic older brothers, he doesn't stand out. But when you close your eyes and fucking listen, you hear him laying down simple, clean drumwork that supports the vocal acrobatics and guitar solos. [embed]https://soundcloud.com/radkey-band/sets/radkey-cat-mouse-ep/[/embed] You can get the EP on vinyl through Radkey's Bigcartel store for £5.99. It's worth it for the printed inner sleeve with some amazingly weird artwork alone, if you're the sort of person debating whether to get physical product or just download it (seriously, you need the music either way). This is a nice-looking release, and these kids just grow by leaps and bounds with each and every show they play or single they put out, so get on board so you can enjoy the ride with everyone else.

Radkey / Bloodbirds at the Taproom, 1/31/13

St. Joseph's Radkey came to the Eighth Street Taproom in Lawrence last night, and a small group of hardy rock fans braved bitterly cold temperatures to catch the trio of young brothers in the bar's basement. The boys were shooting a music video for "Is He All Right?", meaning the Taproom's concert nook was lit better than I've ever seen it. In addition to some pro cameras on hand, audience members were encouraged to shoot with camera, phones, or whatever they had. I was really, really hoping to see a Super 8, but no such luck. As always, the boys turned out a tight set. Their tunes are speeding up a bit, and they've been really rocking that whole punk rock vibe as of late. I'm hoping for a raucous performance when they come back to town on Friday, March 1. They're playing the Replay that night to celebrate the release of their "Spirals" 7-inch on Replay Records. [gallery ids="16200,16201,16202,16203,16204,16205"]
I've been trying to see Bloodbirds, featuring Brooke and Mike Tuley of Ad Astra Per Aspera and Ad Astra Arkestra, ever since they formed over a year ago. Every track I've heard from this bunch of psych-punks rocked my socks, and it certainly helps that anything Mike's been in (Short Bus Kids, Ad Astra ... even the Madd Scientists) has been worth catching or hearing. Really, though, this is a band to not only hear, but watch. Mike moves around, dancing with his guitar to the grooves laid down by bassist Anna, who stands with her back to the audience, except on the rare instances she harmonizes on vocals. It's drummer Brooke who lays down the most interesting visuals. Her timing is metronomic, but she adjusts instantly to any of the changes presented by her husband Mike. Watching her play is hypnotic. Their set closer was a cover of Spaceman 3's "Walking With Jesus" that blew my goddamned mind. It was droning, hypnotic wonderfulness, and when I asked Mike about it afterward, he said they'd only learned it the week previous, and had only planned on playing it if they got drunk enough. I'm certainly glad they did. Bloodbirds' Psychic Surgery LP is available from Bandcamp right now, or you can wait until April and pick it up on LP. [gallery ids="16206,16207,16208,16209,16210,16211"]

Titus Andronicus at the Jackpot

[caption id="attachment_4841" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Titus Andronicus"]Titus Andronicus[/caption] Looking back on Tuesday night's Titus Andronicus show at the Jackpot, nonthing from the band really stands out. It's really unfortunate, but when I try and think back to the group's performance, I only recall quite a few guitars all going at once. If I try and recall a particular song, the only thing that comes to mind is Japandroids' "The House That Heaven Built." [caption id="attachment_4842" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Titus Andronicus"]Titus Andronicus[/caption] Titus Andronicus is a great bar band, but much like every time I've listened to one of their records, they just don't leave a lasting impression musically. I've probably heard their Monitor album a dozen times, and any time I try and recall the particulars, I'm left rather open mouthed, head cocked to the side, eyes rolled up into my head as I attempt to draw comparisons other than Bruce Springsteen. [caption id="attachment_4843" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Titus Andronicus"]Titus Andronicus[/caption] It's not that the group's untalented. I was fist-pumping and tapping my toes, fairly bopping as I went back and forth from one side of the stage to the other snapping photos. They're a great time, and energetic and intense as all hell, but the inevitable finale to any encounter with the music of Titus Andronicus is, for me, pretty unremarkable. They're pleasant enough, but I'm at a loss as to the fervent fanaticism they attract. [caption id="attachment_4844" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Titus Andronicus"]Titus Andronicus[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4845" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Ceremony"]Ceremony[/caption] Nor was Ceremony much better, at least to start. For a quartet that's so tightly wound on album, their live show was a shambolic wreck, barely held together at the seams. Ceremony took their time taking the stage, and once there, the band immediately launched into "Hysteria," the first track from their most recent LP, Zoo. [caption id="attachment_4846" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Ceremony"]Ceremony[/caption] It seemed as if vocalist Ross Farrar was a twitching, nervous mess. He was twisting up his t-shirt, at times covering his face with it, at other times bringing the mic up under it to sing with his face covered. He warmed to performance as the set went on, but the band seemed as if they were almost unwilling to be on stage. [caption id="attachment_4847" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Ceremony"]Ceremony[/caption] Ceremony's set warmed up a bit as it went along, getting a little tighter and less functionally fucked-up toward the end. I'm all for nervous, tightly-wound hardcore with a frontman who seems like he might collapse as a bundle of nerves by the end of the set, heaven knows. However, when the band is simultaneously near collapse, it gets a little hard to enjoy. [caption id="attachment_4848" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Ceremony"]Ceremony[/caption] In the end, though, it's cathartic to watch a band like Ceremony teeter on the edge of catastrophe, only to repeatedly snatch itself back from the precipice over and over, however. There's a sense of release that comes with the relief of seeing them succeed in taking a song that sounds as if it's coming apart and bring it together into a triumphant conclusion. [caption id="attachment_4849" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Ceremony"]Ceremony[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4850" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Radkey"]Radkey[/caption] St. Joseph's young scions of rock 'n' roll Radkey have come a long way since I saw them open for Fishbone a year and a half ago. Where they were once nervous, timid kids, they've become a full-on rock 'n' roll powerhouse. Brothers all, guitarist Dee and bassist Isaiah trade off vocals, occasionally harmonizing in a way that immediately grabs your attention. [caption id="attachment_4851" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Radkey"]Radkey[/caption] In all the articles about the boys (and they are boys -- I don't think any can legally buy a lottery ticket yet), youngest brother Solomon seems to get ignored. The drummer's not the most exciting member of any trio, usually, and he's unable to strike the poses his odler siblings frequently do. Yet, standing in the audience and watching him watch them and matching their changes instantly, he's a natural. He's the Charlie Watts of this rock 'n' roll band, and much like that solid gentleman, he's the rock on which these guys rest. [caption id="attachment_4852" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="Radkey"]Radkey[/caption] These three kids have great chops: "Mind Ride" and "Cat & Mouse" make me wish I had the money to put out a single for Radkey (it'd be a double-A side). Radkey's gigged in Lawrence quite a bit recently (this is the second time I've seen them this month), and I'd hate to see them burn out or become less of a draw. Too many bands have burned white-hot and disappeared before they really had a chance to seize the chances they deserved. Hopefully, they'll take a rest soon to recharge their batteries.

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cerebral-ballzy-006 How Does Cialis W, Every so often, I like to take what I've got planned for the show, and just chuck it out the window. When this year's Afropunk festival was canceled, due to Hurricane Irene, I was pretty bummed. Not that I couldn't go - I mean, seriously, How Does Cialis W craiglist, I'm in fucking Kansas. No, I was upset because some local kids, Radkey, had the opportunity to play for a whole bunch of folks in New York, and lost their opportunity. So, How Does Cialis W uk, I figured that I'd be a decent dude and throw their tunes on the podcast this week, and it just seemed natural to focus in on artists who were slated to play this year's festival, as well as alumni from past years.

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Podcast #60, "Afropunk"

Cee Lo Green, "Goldschläger" (Stray Bullets)
Janelle Monáe, "Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi)" (The ArchAndroid)
Santogold, "Creator" (Santogold)
P.O.S, 1000mg How Does Cialis W, "De La Souls" (Audition)
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Fishbone, "Skankin' to the Beat" (Say Anything soundtrack)
Cerebral Ballzy, "Junkie For Her" (Cerebral Ballzy)
Bad Brains, "How Low Can A Punk Get?" (Black Dots)
Radkey, "Mind Ride" (Demo)
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Das Racist, How Does Cialis W mexico, "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" (Hey, Dude)
The Cool Kids, "Gold and a Pager" (The Bake Sale EP)
Reggie Watts, "Fuck Shit Stack" (Why Shit So Crazy?)
Bad Rabbits, "Can't Back Down" (Stick Up Kids EP).

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