09/11 Denver @ Larimer LoungeRead More
09/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage
09/14 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
09/15 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
09/16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
09/18 Oakland, CA @ Leo’s
09/19 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
09/20 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
09/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
09/22 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
09/25 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
09/26 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
09/27 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
09/29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
09/30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
10/01 Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
10/02 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
10/03 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/04 Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage
10/07 New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall
10/08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
10/09 Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
10/10 Chicago, IL @ Township
10/15 Vienna, AT @ Fluc
10/16 Muchen, DE @ Strom
10/17 Stuttgart, DE @ Zwölfzehn
10/18 Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schl
10/20 Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
10/21 Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
10/22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Kleine Zaal
10/23 Utrecht, NL @ EKKO
10/24 Brussels, Beligum @ AB
10/26 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
10/27 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
10/28 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
10/29 Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
10/30 Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
10/31 Manchester, UK @ Sound Control
11/02 Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Wah Wah
11/03 Newcastle, UK @ 02 Academy
11/04 Leeds, UK @ Key Club
11/05 London, UK @ The Dome
The show started off slow. Really slow. I honestly wasn't fond of the locals that opened the show but at the same time, I don't think I was in the mood for the unclean garage rock sound that they were putting out there. It wasn't terrible. I get the whole garage rock thing. I just wasn't in the mood for it last night.
The second Radkey hit the stage, I found myself needing to get closer. I needed to see everything. Hear every note. I moved from the very back of the venue on the uncomfortable bench that lines the wall, to the front of the venue where I could take it all in.
Radkey is a family band, consisting of three brothers, from St. Joseph, Missouri. Nothing about this band said mid-western brothers who were homeschooled. The band screamed Chicago and New York with the flavorings of The Ramones and Danzig. They are far too big for the lackluster crowd that had gathered at the 7th Street Entry. They belonged at a sold out CBGB's show in the 80's with The Ramones and Danzig headlining. Their sound would have fit right in. That's not to say that it didn't fit last night, but listening and watching Radkey will seriously take you back to a different era of music.
There were probably only 15 people at the show when my roommate and I walked in. That doubled by the time that Radkey took the stage but 30 people for the first show of the American leg of your tour has to be discouraging. Discouraging or not, Radkey took the stage with so much energy and confidence. I have seen bands walk out on stage to a less than full audience and completely blow it. They give up before they even start. Not Radkey, they didn't care that there were only 30 people in the crowd. They blew all 30 of us away.
I hear that these guys can sell out shows everywhere they go. I don't understand why last night was not one of them. These guys deserve as much recognition, if not more, than majority of the bands on the radio. They are more than talented and great to see live.
Radkey, you keep on doing what you're doing because you're killing it. Please come back to the cities soon! I want to bring all of my friends and give you the crowd you deserve.
Radkey's debut album Dark Black Makeup is out now. Check out their cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" at soundcloud.com.
Radkey at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (08 Sep 2015)