Radkey – Cat & Mouse (EP) (Wreckroom Records)


Come meet your new favourite band.

Radkey, a trio of teenage brothers from mid-west America, blend of driving rock ‘n’ roll and incendiary punk and are causing a stir both sides of the pond this year.

Championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, Radkey emanate a youthful exuberance but a musicianship and style well beyond their collective years.

Per the press release, the three brothers have been cutting their teeth for a couple of years in Kansas City and beyond. Home schooled their entire lives, their father, Matt, is able to drive them around the country to and from shows making sure no opportunity is left unturned.

After storming SXSW 2013 back in March, guitar wielding vocalist Dee Radke, bassist Isaiah Radke (who also shares vocal duties) and drummer Solomon Radke recently played their first UK shows with a performance at the Download Festival and their debut, headline London show at The Barfly last month.

With 5 songs in just 16 minutes, you immediately get the gist; Radkey’s debut is equal parts punk-rock, garage and indie-rock while Dee Radke’s animated vocals ooze character and attitude – imagine a cross between Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and Glenn Danzig.

Opening track and lead single, “Cat & Mouse” recalls both punk-rock energy and well-honed songcraft of Arctic Monkeys’ debut. In fact, the monster riff that runs throughout the track is in the riff-tastic vein of Arctic Monkeys “Pretty Visitors”.

“Out Here In My Head” is a high-energy punk track that balances the pop of The Ramones and the grit of The Misfits, “Pretty Things” recalls the indie-pop charm of Franz Ferdinand but with a punk-rock vibrancy. Likewise, “Red Letter” is a balls-to-the-wall punk-rock number, which again would make The Misfits proud – check out the intense closing seconds.

The Bad Religion-esque closing number, “N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay)” has the pop-punk hooks that would indeed sit the band comfortably on the Epitaph label.

exhilarating stuff.

The “Cat & Mouse” EP will be released on 15 July, 2103 and will be available as a limited edition 12″ vinyl (300 copies only!) as well as digitally. If you’re quick, you can also grab a free a download of the single “Cat & Mouse” via the Radkey website.

Watch the video for “Cat & Mouse” below: