Chicago’s post-punk darlings Radar Eyes are back with more jangly, percussive, hard-charging music as their latest album Radiant Remains nears its September 2nd release date. “Midnight Drive” will thrill fans of the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Joy Division. The band may call the Windy City home, but ‘80s British rock remains their greatest inspiration and the beautiful thing is that Radar Eyes’s music feels completely organic and possessed of kinetic energy. In other words, this isn’t tribute music to a bygone era; “Midnight Drive” is thoroughly of the present.
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