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Radical Dads

Mega Rama

(UM; US: 12 Jul 2011; UK: 12 Jul 2011)

Brooklyn-based Radical Dads is a three-piece consisting of guitarists Chris Diken and Lindsay Bakes, who also sings, and drummer/singer Robbie Guertin of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You’d expect a fuzz-heavy, distortion-laden outing from this crew, and you’d be right, yet the band’s sound is oddly flat. For all that the guitars are fuzzed-out, they are also oddly tame, with no real crunch or sonic heft. “Little Tomb” kicks off the proceedings with a tinny jingle that more or less defines the trio’s sound, and few if any of the subsequent songs ever achieve much more force. Lo-fi vocals are the order of the day, whether on first single “Recklessness” or slower outings like “No New Faces”. The band does rev it up a bit for a few songs, notably “Alondra Rainbow Under Attack” and the mini-epic “Hurricane”, but for the most part this is a strangely tepid outing of forgettable two- or three-minute songs.

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DAVID MAINE is a novelist and essayist. His books include The Preservationist (2004), Fallen (2005), The Book of Samson (2006), Monster, 1959 (2008) and An Age of Madness (2012). He has contributed to The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Esquire.com and NPR.com, among other outlets. He is a lifelong music obsessive whose interests range from rock to folk to hip-hop to international to blues. He currently lives in western Massachusetts, where he works in human services. Catch up with his blog, The Party Never Stops, at davidmaine.blogspot.com, or become his buddy on Facebook (or Twitter or Google+ or whatever you prefer) to keep up with reviews and other developments.


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