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Radical Dads: Cassette Brain

This is an impressive set from Radical Dads, one that feels much bigger than its 16-minute runtime.


Radical Dads

Cassette Brain

US Release: 2014-10-07
Label: Old Flame
UK Release: 2014-10-07
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Radical Dads have followed their excellent Rapid Reality album with a cassette-only EP, fittingly titled Cassette Brain. With only four tracks on the cassette, the format might suggest slightness. The songs, though, suggest the opposite. The title track unravels over five minutes, with Lindsay Baker's powerful voice bellowing over first fuzzy hooks and then squealing chaos. It's a song that scuffs and unravels at the edges but holds its shape perfectly, so even as it opens up into a messy crescendo, it never lets go of its urgent tension. "Hey Buffalo" is a jangly, lean counterpoint to the expanse of "Cassette Brain", a bittersweet power-pop tune that reinforces the band's charm and personality. "In The Water" may be the most impressive track as, along with fellow b-sider "Symmetrical Cement Circles", plays with shifting textures within the song. The guitars are warm, even melting, in the verses. But when the chorus kicks in, and Baker shouts how "the negative creeps keep coming around," the drums clash and rumble and the guitars sound like razor wire. This is an impressive set from Radical Dads, one that feels much bigger than its 16-minute runtime, and assures us that there's plenty more to come from one of the great unsung rock bands working.

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