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RADAR STATE – ‘Strays’ Review


Radar StateKansas City, MO’s Radar State, made up of emo/indie rock heroes Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic (The Get Up Kids), Josh Berwanger (The Anniversary/Berwanger) and Adam Phillips (The Architects/The Gadjits) – have announced a January 11threlease date of their debut LP, Strays.

The album opens with the title track, Strays and it is a slab of power-punk-pop with huge guitars, including a signature lick and melodic group vocals propelled by a fast and tight rhythm section reminding me a little of the Plimsouls and maybe, Gaslight Anthem. With What’s a Rebel, Radar State add a little ‘muscle’ to their sound with some Undertones riff-appeal and Husker Du melodies and then, Anywhere offers up a melodic rabble-rouser replete with big hooks and more big licks!

Summer Of Sundays is a pop-punk masterpiece with harmony’s and melodies throughout and Damn The Man changes the atmosphere with some subtle rhythmic approaches creating a hint of garage-punk circa 1969 yet the hooks keep on raining down and hitting the spot! The thirteen-track album continues with Making Me Feel with its stomping beat and 1970s Glam/Power /Rock vibes a la early Blondie/J Geils band whereas Self Hurt Guru significantly ups the momentum with a rollicking beat and rumbling bass and, although the band do not forsake the melodies and hooks, they showcase some serious pacey chops!

On Artificial Love, Radar State demonstrate their ability to craft a rock song with melody and radio-ready riffs whilst Defender is a little more raw, a lot faster and rocks with serious intent and melody. The momentum continues with Good Catholic with some Good Charlotte, New Found Glory appeal with a super lick pushing things along before Leather Dye adds another sound to the band’s repertoire with a punk like Byrds vibe!

The penultimate song, Victims Of Fashion blends the 1970s Glam Rock with Green Day pop/punk as it powers along with huge drums and big guitars leading to the closer, Play For The Game, a super acoustic powerhouse that builds and builds into a superbly emotional and heart wrenching song.


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