Modern-day society tends to lead individuals toward the belief that being home-schooled leads your children to being creatively doomed. Breaking the spell of the typical and standing out as an example of what can sprout from the seclusion, the brother’s that have come together to form Garage Punk band, Radkey, are smashing expectations with their sound that doesn’t solely cater to one genre. I caught up with the guys to discuss their recent release ‘Delicious Rock Noise’, being home-schooled, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Radkey?
We are a band of homeschooled brothers on a quest to end false rock. We were raised on amazing rock music, and our dream is to rock forever. We love superheroes, anime and video games. Pretty much everything that confirms that we’re not the most traditionally cool people by normal standards. But obviously we’re badasses in our dreams.
It is stated with force that you guys were home-schooled in Missouri. How do you perceive that has influenced your artistry?
So much! We weren’t like separated with different groups of friends or anything. We grew up super close and we had a ton of time to work on our music.
Congrats on the recent release of ‘Delicious Rock Noise’. Tell us about the creative and recording process of the album.
We try to create the most chill environment possible. That’s pretty important to us. The environment was so chill in Sheffield that we recorded every single day with no days off. Everyday basically felt like a day off.
Who are your all-time favorite bands that inspired your passion for garage punk?
Definitely Weezer, Nirvana, Ramones, Led Zeppelin and like The Who. A lot of amazing bands like that.
You are gearing up to wrap up your current tour with The Fame Riot. Tell us about the wildest experience you came about on the tour.
We got into a massive Van crash, right into another van and actually survived. Even though Dee was seatbelt-less and hit his head. There’s really no reason that we should be alive, but everyone made it out okay. Craziest thing that’s ever happened to us.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
We really, really, really love Alex Ross paintings, and anyone who actually pulls off nailing that on a tattoo is fucking incredible. Those are some of the coolest ever.
How has being family members influenced the creativity chemistry amongst Radkey? How long have you guys been playing music?
We’ve actually been playing for about 6 years together. It’s pretty insane to think about it. We’ve been doing it for longer than we can really remember doing anything very important.
If you had to choose one standout up and coming band to give a shout-out to, who would you choose and why?
Twin Peaks from Chicago. They’re a really good example of how to rock out, tour a ton and still be chilled out nice people.
What do fans of Radkey have to look forward to in 2017?
Hoping to do a lot more shows, and to hopefully have some new stuff out there. We definitely wanna hit 2017 pretty hard.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Two things I have to say are: Pick up our new record and jam on. And watch the new Dragonball anime. Don’t do both in the same day though. Danger.