Sunday, March 11, 2018

EP Review: 'SkyTigers' by Red City Radio

Title:  SkyTigers (Red Scare Industries, BandCamp, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify)
Artist:  Red City Radio (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify, Wikipedia)

I first heard Red City Radio sometime in 2007 when Barb at asked me to review the band's debut Midwestern Hymnals, a split with fellow Oklahoma City band Streets Of Thieves.  Since that time the band has released two EPs, a few splits, and three full-length records.  Their latest EP SkyTigers is something truly special.  Some bands come out swinging and peak with their first few releases and some just get better and better and better and better.  Red City Radio is the latter and they prove it by delivering their most diverse, complex, and inspiring record to date.

SkyTigers opens with one of two songs that dropped last year, the pulsingly melodic punk anthem "If You Want Blood (Be My Guest)," a song that dares you to not sing along to the empowering chorus "We don't need a goddamn thing from you."  Up next is the drinking banger "I'll Still Be Around," a song that somehow channels the spirit of Garth Brooks into a punk rock anthem and makes it work.  The record takes a dark turn with "In the Shadows," a song that embodies the essence of late '80s heavy metal with some ridiculously blistering guitar work (think Skid Row).  Next is the other song released in 2017 and yet another rousing punk anthem in "Rebels."  SkyTigers closes with the title track, a song that is not only catchy as all hell but inspiring and empowering and powerful as fuck.  In a world that is complete divided and screwed, this is the song that we need.  I know that it's early, but at this point, "SkyTigers" is without a doubt the song of the year (followed by Frank Turner's "Be More Kind").  And just to drive the point home, the song ends with Charlie Chaplin's final speech from The Great Dictator, book-ended with some of the most incredible harmonies you're likely to hear all year.

Red City Radio is a band that continues to grow and evolve and I don't think they're anywhere close to peaking.  SkyTigers is a fucking beautifully perfect, powerful, and inspiring record.  Not only will this EP make you want to dance and scream and sing, it will make you want to be a better person.  That's the power of music.  That's the purity of great rock 'n' roll.  And this is truly, wonderfully, outstandingly great rock 'n' roll music.  Thank you Red City Radio.  You have made the world a better place with your hearts and souls and music.

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