A Garage Punk Treat by Radioactivity

A Garage Punk Treat by Radioactivity

Adriana SaboMonday,27 July 2015

After Radioactivity’s eponymous 2013 debut, it didn’t take a genius to see the band’s status as the worthy successor to The Marked Men. The band’s first album–however praised and excellent–did remain somewhat in the shadows of Jeff Burke’s and Mark Ryan’t former endeavor. But in late June of this year, Radioactivity released Silent Killtheir second album through Dirtnap Records, showing that they can make it on their own and that, no matter how much they might owe to The Marked Men. Silent Kill is, yes, a mature, brilliant album that stands perfectly on its own two (or eight) feet. Jeff Burke, Gregory Rutherford, Daniel Fried and Mark Ryan aren’t joking around.

Silent Kill is many things. First, it’s a treat for garage punk lovers everywhere. It seems that the primary goal of Radioactivity was to satisfy one criterion: whatever you do, remain faithful to the genre and provide true excitement for your fans. Thinking on what exactly makes Silent Kill special, Burke noted: “I guess my original idea was to have it be more of a straight up garage rock record, and more on the punk side than it ended up being. I wasn’t liking the way it felt and wanted a little bit more catchiness to it.”

Another distinct feature of this album is its “wholeness.” Namely, it exists as an album, not a collection of tracks, which is less commonplace these days. As Burke said: “Hey, this is an album and should be treated as a living, breathing, whole entity. I guess I’m a little bit older than a lot of people who might listen to our albums, but I still listen to full albums, not just tracks. I still appreciate the album as a whole and hope that some people will too.” There is a distinct, old school feel to this album, meaning that some things are simply done proper. Technically, the music is perfect and so is the production.

Going back to point that Silent Kill is an album, not just a compilation: it surfaces the enormous experience of the musicians who have obviously heard tons of music and played and practiced until they bled. The album has, thus, a nice flow to it, revealing Burke’s appreciation of albums as totalities. The twelve songs all have that excellent, energetic vibe that comes only from punk (or rock). Yet the finer details are what make it so interesting.  “No Connection,” “Way Out” and “Where I Come From” reveal the softer side of the company, while the opening track — “Battered” — or “No Alarm,” paint them as aggressive, energetic or even angry. My personal favorite is the closing track, “Pretty Girl.” It introduces a perfect balance between repetitive beats, catchy riffs and amazing energy.

Make sure to check out the album above, as you will absolutely, surely be pleasantly surprised. And watch the video for “Silent” below:

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