Radkey Interview

So I fancied a chat with one of my new favourite bands and the lovely folks at Now Then Magazine obligated. Pick up a copy of the magazine to read it in all its glory … or just scroll bellow… you know … its your life. *

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The three brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri recently chose our own Steel City to record their debut album. I had a chat with them about what made them chose to record their recent Garage Rock release in Sheffield, what spawned the sudden change in sound and what it’s like to have your dad be your manager….

What made you want to record your album in Sheffield?

– ( Isaiah ) Well, Ross (Orton, producer- Drenge, Artic Monkeys) came down to San Francisco to back in April, and we did 4 tracks: Love Spills, Le Song, Evil Doer and a song called Innocents Tonight. And after that session, we agreed that we’d head over to his place for the next session.

Do you think the city influenced your album? 

– Absolutely. It’s the fucking Steel City! I feel like if you make a record in Sheffield it automatically gonna have some kind of badass manliness to it. We really dug our time there, and it was actually the longest amount of  time that we’d ever spent in a U.K. city. It was badass.

How did making your first full length compare to your two previous EPs? 

– It was definitely a lot more relaxed. We had about two weeks, and it went by so fast. We were having so much fun. We didn’t even take any days off, because everyday pretty much felt like a day off. It was really cool to spend everyday working on our music and hearing it come through his killer studio speakers. With our E.P.’s it was definitely a lot more of a rush. Devil Fruit was tracked in like 2 days. And we had shows booked in between the Cat & Mouse session; so we never really had the true studio experience until Sheffield and San Francisco.

What were your favourite things about recording in Sheffield? 

– Going to The Kelham Island Pub almost every night, and ordering tons of Pork Scratchings, and drinking Deception! Also we were staying at The Don Valley Hotel which had tons of character and super nice people. Nice chill walk to the studio everyday. Good times. We honestly had so many Pork Scratchings.

The album shows a more mature sound, was this a conscious decision?  

– Definitely. We really wanted to really expand our sound for this record. We really wanted to show what we were capable of doing with this record. We’ve been at this for 5 years now, and we have a lot more life experience; which really helped with writing some stories that people could relate to. We were really serious about not repeating ourselves.

How does having your dad as your manager affect your life as musicians? 

– It makes everything much much easier. Dad does all of the hard stuff, like: paying attention to things, and knowing when to cross the street (HA) and making sure that we wake up on time and stuff. It’s really cool to have him around.

What are your favourite things about the city?

–  The people were so friendly. I actually had a nice conversation with this random dude on the street, and it was really refreshing to feel such a good vibe from someone who didn’t know who I was. Like, there was no reason to go out of your way to be pleasant to me, and you did. Really cool. It fucking looks cool, and The pizza at The Social was insanely good. Highly recommend (You probably know that though!). If you look at the back of our record, we actually took a picture of the giant drop hammer and added it to the artwork. We’re stoked to have so much Sheffield on our record.

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