Album Review: Dark Black Makeup by RadkeyDate: September 16, 2015
Radkey has been around for a few years now, but have just recently released their first full length album. Formed in 2010, the band’s lineup consists of brothers Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon Radke. The brothers were homeschooled in their home state of Missouri, where they were inspired to start a band because of boredom. Radkey had released two promising EPs, Devil Fruit and Cat & Mouse, and played several festivals, including Afropunk Fest and SXSW.
As a first album, Dark Black Makeup does not disappoint. It also proves that Radkey does not restrain itself to a specific sound. Songs like Dark Black Makeup and Glore are fast, raw, and unquestionably punk while slower songs like Hunger Pain showcase their garage rock side. Each song is easily distinguishable from the next. Although it dragged a bit at some points, it was overall very dynamic. Dark Black Makeup is great not just as a first LP, but is simply a great album from a band that is continuing raise listeners’ expectations.
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