Music interview: Radkey

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Alex Turner recently said “(rock n roll) is always always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make it’s way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever”, and Radkey is definitely one of those bands that are staying true to rock n roll.

Before the interview with Isaiah (Bass, Vocals) was arranged, I had been told I would have to wait for them to get out of the studio where they were finishing up their new single, which you can now listen to/download from their site.

“We’ve just gotten out of the studio after record ‘Feed My Brain’. It was really cool, definitely a step in a different direction for us”

If you haven’t yet acquainted yourselves with Radkey, they’re generally an all out energetic rock band. Their songs, really portray that energy in a really raw, though not aggressive, form. They don’t see Nickleback as “real rock”, but instead site The Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age as true rock. And this effects their whole attitude to music, they’re not the kind of band that’s ever gonna give you a song like “rockstar”, but that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to push their sound.

“We’re just experimenting with a lot more stuff. With feed my brain, it’s the first time we’ve experimented with the loud quiet loud song. In a way it’s a little bit softer but really it’s just as hard, but a different take on what we’ve been doing”

They’re just becoming internationally recognised, yet they’re continuing to develop their sound.

Writing at “all times” they can, while managing also managing to tour the world. With idols like Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, the heights of which they hope to someday reach, all this hard work is to be expected. But that’s not to say they don’t appreciate what they have.

“The first time we came to the UK it was really amazing. Everyone was really cool and responded really well. We’re definitely looking forward UK tour. To being able to play every night and just getting on the road again.”

So if you want to get back to more of those “real rock” roots, then be sure to check out Radkey, where you can “expect loud guitars, a lot of sweat and a really cool fun time”.

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