Friday, October 15, 2010

EP Review: Spinning In Circles Is A Gateway Drug

Artist: Red City Radio (MySpace, Facebook)
Title: Spinning In Circles Is A Gateway Drug (iTunes, Amazon,

Oklahoma City’s Red City Radio have released a new digital EP, Spinning In Circles Is A Gateway Drug. The EP includes three songs, the title track of which will appear on their upcoming full length debut album. These new songs pick up right where their 2009 EP To the Sons and Daughters of Woody Guthrie left off with brilliantly anthematic (I’m pretty sure I just made this word up) songs that mix the best elements of pop punk and post hardcore. These three songs truly leave me wishing the new album was out because they are that freaking good. It also doesn’t hurt the title track opens with a lyrical shout out to the Roustabouts (my all-time favorite band from the Sooner State).

Red City Radio could really become something. This band has the potential to garner true national exposure with these songs (not another "band of almost made it fame"). What is great about RCR’s music is that it is nearly impossible to nail down into one genre while at the same time sounding familiar. RCR is the kind of band that could (and should) pull fans from across the punk rock board into one place, not too unlike the Bouncing Souls. There is no reason why fans of bands like Hot Water Music, ALL, Fugazi, Screeching Weasel, Dropkick Murphys, Teenage Bottlerocket, Minor Threat, and Banner Pilot shouldn’t be rocking out to Red City Radio. None. So go and buy this EP right now.

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