Radkey

Friday, May 31, 2019
Tagged As: pop, rock
Radkey
Radkey

Radkey is Kansas City's contribution to the world of visceral, bare-bones rock music. Comprised of brothers Dee, Isaiah and Solomon Radke, the band draws influence from a wide range of hard rock and power pop forebears like Nirvana, Iron Maiden, Misfits, to name a few. Radkey recently released the No Strange Cats...Spiders EP, a strong collection of songs that serves as a great introduction to the trio. We're happy to share an interview with the band about the new music, their writing process and what's to come.

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Describe the road to your music recent album, No Strange Cats. How long had you been working on those songs? What do you feel you accomplished with this album that you hadn’t before?

We’ve been working on a few of the songs for a really long time, and some we wrote just a few months before we took them to the studio. We’ve always wanted to have a really personal record with songs more about our lives, and now after lots of touring and going through a lot we were finally able to come up with some personal relatable songs.

Tell us about growing up homeschooled in St. Joseph, MO. Was it a positive experience? Did you use your library a lot? How did this type of schooling fuel your musical education? It’s was awesome! Had a lot of time to focus on our music and other hobbies. I’d say it helped a lot

Who were your earliest musical influences growing up? Definitely Weezer, Local H, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin

How does songwriting work in Radkey? Who brings what to the table? Everyone pretty much does a little bit of everything, which is really helpful and it keeps things different. Everyone has their strong spots but together it all works out.

What music are you currently raving about? We’ve been really into the first few Smashing Pumpkins albums lately!!

What’s ahead for the band in 2019? Lots more shows and new music!!

Comics/graphic novels:

Batman: Death of the Family by Peter Tomasi

Wolverine by Frank Miller

The Dark Knight Returns

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman

Books:

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

Movies:

Walk Hard

Blade Runner

The Jerk

Bryan V.

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Fun fact: I once met a guy who met Captain Beefheart.