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RADIO89 – ‘In Memory’ Album Review

RADIO89 – In Memory

Radio89Radio89 is a punk band based out of Orlando, Florida with ex-members of Nobodys Hero, Guajiro, and Grumpy*. Formed in 2016, Radio89 has been bringing their raw sound with hints of old school and new school punk, while throwing in some Oi! & hardcore, for good measure.

This Is Radio 89 is a 20 second set of radio static that leads directly into a stomping stormer of a track, Different But United. With a nod to UK82 punk rock and British Oi bands, Radio89 drive home a punk rocker of the highest order with a brilliant lyric as well. On 10 Years And A Day, the band sound much more skate-punk/post punk and quite different and continue this into The Other Side.

The eleven-track album is full of pace, power, hooks and melody with Revolution Red displaying all of these characteristics as well as a barnstorming chorus. The End displays a monster riff and a Husker Du vibe with the vocals and walls of sound…loved this track! The sub-two-minute Web Of Hate is pacey and raw with some gritty lead vocals. The title track, In Memory has a more melodic approach with a super chorus and is followed by the laid back The Nether before the band catapult us forward at a serious pace with the brilliant Cold Night Air.

The album ends with the six and a half minute Be Me and it is no slouch! Full of 100mph drumming, monster riffs and melodic vocals, the song motors along before hitting an abrupt stop at just over three minutes. A few extended seconds of silence is then replaced with the radio static that introduced the album. This continues until the end.

Great album from a very strong band!

Check out In Memory by Radio89 here: https://radio89.bandcamp.com/track/this-is-radio89

 

 

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