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Radkey Releases Scorching New Single


Photo Credit: Andy Hughes
Photo Credit: Andy Hughes

Meet The Next Royal Blood / Black Keys

These three brothers, 20 year-old Isaiah Radke (bass), 17 year-old Solomon Radke (drums), and 21 year-old Dee Radke (vocals/guitar) from Missouri are about to change the rock ‘n roll landscape. They deliver fresh, pure rock music with an absolutely distinctive and powerful sound.

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A few months ago, I was headed out to see Rise Against, and got there early enough to catch the evening’s opening band, and they blew me away. “Radkey are three young brothers from St. Joseph, who defy categorization. They absolutely embody everything that is great about rock ‘n roll. They are different for sure, and in rock music, different is so damn rare these days, and in this case, oh so welcome.” Read the full show review HERE.

Today, they take the next step in their rock ‘n roll odyssey with the release of the title track from their forthcoming debut full-length Dark Black Make-Up.

The brothers Radke are not your typical rock band, they’re from Missouri, they’re home schooled, they’re brothers, they’re young (all under 21) and they’re African-American, but the most critical trait is that they are passionate about their craft and true to themselves, as we see on “Dark Black Make-Up.”

On the single (available here: Dark Black Makeup – Radkey) we witness them beginning to mature as artists on a gritty rocker with socially conscious lyrics. It’s a hard-driving rocker built around Dee’s deep voice. It’s a hard-driving aggressive track with ample touches of punk and garage rock. “That song is about how much of your teenage years can just be such a waste,” says Isaiah, “If you spend all of your time not caring about anything just because you think you’re not supposed to then you’re probably leading such a boring life… Do something. It’s annoying that you can’t necessarily change the fucking world at that age, but you can make your own situation better. Stop wasting time;” incredibly mature for a trio of their age.

Check out “Dark Black Makeup” here:

The album produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys) will hit the streets on August 21st, and will feature 13 tracks including a few reimaged tracks that may be familiar. “We wanted to show people that you can still make a proper rock record,” explains Isaiah, “Something that is both super catchy and super heavy. We want people to hear it and think Fuck Yeah! Mostly we just try and only write songs that we love—that we love the shit out of—and that way it never gets boring and it never feels like a drag to play them live. It seems like a simple thing, but we really just want to make the music that we want to hear.”

Dark Black Makeup Tracklisting

1. Dark Black Makeup
2. Romance Dawn
3. Love Spills
4. Parade It
5. Best Friends
6. Le Song
7. Hunger Pain
8. Feed My Brain
9. Sank
10. Song of Solomon
11. Evil Doer
12. Glore
13. Feel

Pre-order the album below:

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Radkey Steals the Show

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Radkey Steals the Show

Full disclosure: we only got to the arena early to make sure we had a good spot secured for the headliners, Rise Against, but we came away with so much more.  This talented young trio from Missouri showed us their tremendous potential in a power-packed thirty minute set.

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Radkey are three young brothers from St. Joseph, who defy categorization. They absolutely embody everything that is great about rock ‘n roll. They are different for sure, and in rock music, different is so damn rare these days, and in this case, oh so welcome!

With singer and lead guitarist, Dee Radke being the eldest brother at a tender 20 years old, they are young, but on stage they put on a show that belies their youth. Dee’s vocals feature a nice range including a distinct powerful baritone. He’s joined by 18 year-old Isaiah on bass and the baby-faced Solomon beating the drums. All three members are talented musicians, three home-schooled youngsters who are the antithesis of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. They’re into reading, anime, and science fiction, oh and apparently pretty serious about their music, as they are all self-taught.

They are three young African Americans who grew up on The Misfits, Ramones and Foo Fighters, and those influences ooze through clearly when they command the stage. (As a writer named after a Ramones song, I have a special affinity for young bands influenced by the punk legends). I’d characterize their music as pop-punk; it’s aggressive rock with clever riffs and hooks. Their guitar and bass riffs are captivating and catchy as hell. The arrangement of their songs is deliciously messy, yet polished at the same time.

The two eldest brothers fly around the stage, all the while thrashing out fantastic music. Isaiah is a whirling dervish who never stops moving and seems quite comfortable interacting with the crowd, while dishing out breakneck bass chords. Dee was slightly less aggressive on-stage, but still put on a tremendous performance, and had a few nice slides across the floor as he dished out killer riffs. Solomon capped off the trio perfectly, delivering freight train drums throughout the powerful seven song set.

The crowd was actively engaged in the performance and seemed to deeply appreciate their delicious rock noise. Tim McIlrath of Rise Against dished out a tremendous compliment, when he compared this hard working band to their own roots a decade and a half ago.

If there’s anything right in the rock ‘n roll world, we will be seeing this band perform live for many years to come.

Rock On!

Cat & Mouse – EP – Radkey