Check out the new EP by Oklahoma City’s Red City Radio. My god, this is the best thing to hit my ears so far this year.
In case you have no idea who I am even talking about, Red City Radio is a punk rock foursome that seemingly can do no wrong with their music style. They’ve been around since 2007 and have a whole slew of releases full of catchy punk rock tunes for all to adore.
Recently, they dropped SkyTigers with help from Red Scare Industries. This 21 minute EP is from start to finish is outstanding. There really is no other way for me to tell you all how impressed I was with this EP. I can not stop listening to it as of late.
“If You Want Blood (Be My Guest)” exploded into a memorable sing along jam. The second the drums fully kick in, the energy went through the roof. Talking about hometown values and not giving up, the band showed major signs of maturing with not only their great lyrics but also their collective sound.
“I’ll Still Be Around” started off very Tim Barry but not in a bad way at all. Things soon picked up for a pretty great track that one could only wonder is about the band and not as told by the lyrics, “not every pretty girl can sing, not ever ugly guy is funny”.
Garrett Dale’s bellowing voice goes outlaw on “In the Shadows”, a track complete with horns and a healthy 80s-ish guitar solo sans any cheese at all. This is a powerful punk spaghetti-western track when you actually jump into it and listen for what it’s worth. The more and more I listened to it, the more I appreciated it, especially that subtle sigh at the end.
“Rebels” was a foot-stomping jam that seemingly defended actions based on other’s behaviors and apologetically called them out on it.
“SkyTigers” was a fantastic song and turned into something so memorable the moment the sample from The Dictator began. Perhaps more meaningful and truer than ever, Chaplin’s infamous closing speech from classic film was extremely relevant on this song hearing it today based on today’s current affairs.
For an EP, I feel slightly cheated as I wanted more of what Red City Radio was offering. This is by far some of the best material I have ever heard these guys do, and this comes from a fan of theirs since almost day one. I love how they have slowed down a little but haven’t given up on their edge one bit. Fans are going to love the shit out of this.
Don’t skip out on this EP if you can help yourself. Chances are you are going to be just as blown away as I was upon hearing it. Red City Radio continues to dominate and SkyTigers is 21 minutes of proof.
Pre-order the EP if you dare: http://redscare.storenvy.com/