ALBUM: RADKEY – ‘Dark Black Makeup’

Following the release of three tracks already this year, Missouri trio of brothers – Radkey – now present the world with their debut album.

After hearing the tracks ‘Parade It’, ‘Love Spills’ and title track ‘Dark Black Makeup’, I was anxious that the band’s song writing ability may not stretch from the singles on to a full length LP; this anticipation, however, was really not needed – Dark Black Makeup as a whole blasts out exactly what I wanted.

Elements across the entire album give it just the right kind of punch. It’s perfectly delivered with a massive sounding production style, combined with the simple amalgamation of roaring guitar tones, huge drum sounds, a lead following bass overtone, and vocals that moan, groan and shriek.

For me, the top three tracks on this LP are: ‘Best Friends’, a moody song that pounds along; ‘Parade It’ (read my review here); and ‘Gore’, which turns the album from Garage Rock to nineties skater punk within seconds – it fucking rocks the end of the album’s cottons off.

This debut gives an indication of the rebirth of many musical genres, all fused into one album – a great start for a band that will no doubt keep on crashing on.


The boys have even been nice enough to let you hear the album free, stream it here.

Dark Black Makeup will be released 21 of August on both physical and digital formats.

Store for CD and Vinyl:


Make sure you catch Radkey live when they tour in the UK, if not you’re missing out!

Aug 27 – The Hippodrome, Kingston Upon Thames

Aug 29 – Reading Festival 2015

Aug 30 – Leeds Festival 2015

Aug 31 – Rough Trade, Nottingham

Sep 01 – Old Blue Last, London

Oct 26 – Green Door Store, Brighton

Oct 27 – Exchange Bristol, Bristol

Oct 28 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Oct 29 – Leadmill, Sheffield

Oct 30 – Bodega Social, Nottingham

Oct 31 – Sound Control, Manchester

Nov 02 ­- King Tuts Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Nov 03 – O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Business Park

Nov 04 – Key Club, Sandgate

Nov 05 – The Dome, London


Warren Allett

Warren Allett

Warren Allett

A musician/music producer and music reviewer from Peterborough. Graduate of York St. John, studying BA (Hons) Music Production degree.
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