I don’t know what was more depressing last night. The fact that it was getting dark by 7:45 or the turnout for the show.
I know that Radkey isn’t a household name but they should be and will be soon.
The show started off slow. Really slow. I honestly wasn’t fond of the locals that opened the show but at the same time, I don’t think I was in the mood for the unclean garage rock sound that they were putting out there. It wasn’t terrible. I get the whole garage rock thing. I just wasn’t in the mood for it last night.
The second Radkey hit the stage, I found myself needing to get closer. I needed to see everything. Hear every note. I moved from the very back of the venue on the uncomfortable bench that lines the wall, to the front of the venue where I could take it all in.
Radkey is a family band, consisting of three brothers, from St. Joseph, Missouri. Nothing about this band said mid-western brothers who were homeschooled. The band screamed Chicago and New York with the flavorings of The Ramones and Danzig. They are far too big for the lackluster crowd that had gathered at The Seventh Street Entry. They belonged at a sold out CBGB’s show in the 80’s with The Ramones and Danzig headlining. Their sound would have fit right in. That’s not to say that it didn’t fit last night, but listening and watching Radkey will seriously take you back to a different era of music.
There were probably only 15 people at the show when my roommate and I walked in. That doubled by the time that Radkey took the stage but 30 people for the first show of the American leg of your tour has to be discouraging. Discouraging or not, Radkey took the stage with so much energy and confidence. I have seen bands walk out on stage to a less than full audience and completely blow it. They give up before they even start. Not Radkey, they didn’t care that there were only 30 people in the crowd. They blew all 30 of us away.
I hear that these guys can sell out shows everywhere they go. I don’t understand why last night was not one of them. These guys deserve as much recognition, if not more, than majority of the bands on the radio. They are more than talented and great to see live.
Radkey, you keep on doing what you’re doing because you’re killing it. Please come back to the cities soon! I want to bring all of my friends and give you the crowd you deserve.
Venue: 7th Street Entry
Sausage Fest Meter- 2 out of 10
Crowd Surfers- None
Broken Bones- None
Drunkards Taken Out By Security- They weren’t serving alcohol
Found in the Pit- None