Let's just get down to it! Radkey blew my mind. I really didn't know what to expect seeing these young guys setting up at Alex's bar last week. I knew there must be something good in here, as they were headling and my friend Endele said "just wait til you hear them". And he was right!
This three piece brother band from St.Joseph Missouri have been tearing it up since 2010.
With Dee Radke guitar/lead vox, Isiah Radke Bass/vox and Solomon Radke on the kit, they drive a thunderous rock and roll show. Loud, fast energetic with catchy songs.
"Start Freaking Out" is soon to be an anthem song, I can feel it. This song pushes you to limits of expression that builds and builds, basic but brilliant. Dee's vocals are Amazing. I can't believe the depth he has. It's like a combination of Danzig and Dave Vanian's mixed in with an electrifying guitar sound and style that reminds me of Lenny Kravitz and Jimi Hendrix.
Take a listen to "Romance Dance" and you will feel the vibe that is spreading. Isiah on bass is captivating as he manages to cover the entire stage dancing, jumping, singing and rolling around on the ground never missing a bass line. Younger brother Solomon keeps it all together on the drums with awesome crashes and fills.
"Dark Black Makeup" states how kids today want it all but all they do is trip and fall. Their lyrics are brilliant, mature, meaningful and connect with every genre. They have two EP's out "Cat & Mouse" and "Devil Fruit", their 2015 newly released LP is "Dark Black Makeup".
Radkey is a band you should not miss! They are touring now and heading for the UK.
Check out their facebook and website here.
I was recently turned onto Plaque Vendor and after watching their video "Black Sap Scriptures", I was highly anticipating the show.
Plaque Vendor are four longtime friends from childhood that originated from Whitier in 2009 and have emerged into the scene, opening up for big names such as Iggy Pop, Jello Biafra and Social Distortion to name a few.
Brandon lead vocals is somewhat of a mix between Lux Interior of The Cramps and Iggy Pop. He has an uncanny style that is charged by their eerie garage fused Rockabilly/Psychobilly music. His lyrics are of personal experiences and perhaps visions of future encounterments. Nonetheless you will find yourself engaged into his stories and moved in many different directions by their musical flow of tenacious beats and twangs from the guitar. Brandon delivers high pitched howling screams from time to time, combined with his bam-a-lam and bursts of hypnotic shakes and stares. His energy is high-wired and I felt he was limited due to the small stage at Alex's Bar.
Plaque Vendor played a solid hard driven 45 minute set which included songs from their new LP, "Free To Eat". "Black Sap Scriptures", "Cursed Love, Hexed Lust" and "My Tongue Is So Treacherous" are a couple of my favorites, but I assure you the whole album rocks! I purchased one to add to my library.
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