Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Album Review: The Rad Trads - 99 In October EP

The Rad Trads
99 In October EP
***and1/2 out of *****

The newest EP release, 99 In October, from the Brooklyn based five piece The Rad Trads is an upbeat blast of sunshiny, pop based, rock and roll.

The band is made up of Patrick Sargent - Tenor Sax, Keyboards, Vocals, Michael Fatum - Trumpet, Vocals, Alden Harris-McCoy - Guitar, Vocals, Michael Harlen - Bass, Vocals, John Fatum - Drums, Vocals (including lead vocals on "The Good Stuff") who craft catchy ditties from the start on this short but stout effort.

They open the EP with the ear worm title track, a humorous look at global warming if there is such a thing. "99 In October" is a sing along commercial ready tune that pumps up things with tight blaring horn lines which would be comfortable during a climactic joyful Hollywood scene. The band shouts out loud for big time status with this number as it recalls bands like Walk The Moon or The Killers

The Rad Trads pull it back in with the slinky bass line and horn grooves of "Shouldn't Have To Ask Me Why" before the acoustic jangling, breathy vocals and warm trumpet lines support "The Good Stuff" which ends on a cliche lyrical note after a promising start. 

"Let's Go Walking In The Moonlight" amps the background ooh-ahh's recalling a 50's style of pop with the lyrical content and sound bringing back memories of "Under The Boardwalk" while closer "Spanish Radio" increases the tempo adding a propulsive beat for a driving (in all aspects of the word) convertible friendly number, wrapping up the strong EP on a high note. 

While the Covid-19 Virus has laid low touring for all acts, when things resume The Rad Trads will be well stocked and ready to go with the 99 In October EP as their professionally polished focal point. 
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