"Dark Black Makeup" By Radkey (St. Joseph, MO)/Punk Rock/Released Aug 2015
To be a good rock band you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel. Often times you just need to polish that wheel to a mirror sheen. Take the best elements of what moves you to create your art, put your own stank on it, and bring that style to the masses. And for the last half decade, Midwest trio Radkey has been doing that beautifully.
Formed in 2010, Radkey is composed of brothers Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon Radke. Since their formation the band has impressed with their loud, punk centered sound which has earned them slots at festivals such as SXSW, Chicago’s Riot Fest, and even overseas at the U.K.’s renowned Download Festival. The trio has also shared the stage with the likes of Rise Against, L7, and The Offspring to name a few.
“Dark Black Makeup” is the band’s first full length album and follows Radkey’s 2013 EP “Devil’s Fruit”. While rooted in punk rock, Radkey displays a lot more style and uniqueness than a typical, three chord, punk outfit. The thirteen track album is filled with upbeat tracks, big drums, big guitars, and even bigger choruses. Vocalist and guitarist Dee Radke sports a well controlled, crooning baritone reminiscent of the likes of Danzig and The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas; adding a very distinct stamp on the band’s style, The album is split well between mid-tempo songs with groove such as the bluesy “Best Friends” and the mellowed out “Hunger Pain”, and fast paced, punk rock fury with tracks the like “Le Song” and “Glore”.
Several favorites were found within the album such as the One Piece anime inspired “Romance Dawn”, featured in the FOX TV series Lucifer, “Parade It”, a mid tempo rocker with an infectious ear worm of a chorus, and top favorite “Love Spills”, a song filled with groovy bass lines from Isaiah and Dee’s most showy guitar work of the album.
Radkey is a band with a lot going for it. A very tight and energetic live show, a golden ear for melody, very strong lead vocals, and an overall fun sound that’s accessible without skimping on legitimate musical talent. With an already storied career the band shows no signs of slowing down and there’s sure to be plenty more to come from the band of brothers.