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Red City Radio – Rebels

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio is streaming a brand new stand alone single.  The song marks their first new material since their self titled album, which is available now via Staple Records.

Listen to the song here.

Red City Radio Preform Rock Room Sessions

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio recently sat down to preform for the Rock Room Sessions.  The band played “Rest Easy,” lifted from their self titled album, available now via Staple Records.

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Red City Radio Performs For Ration Sessions

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio recently sat down at Ratio Beerworks for an unplugged session.  The band played “Electricity,” lifted from their self titled album, available now via Staple Records.

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Red City Radio – Two Out of Three Ain’t Rad

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premiered a a new music video.  The video features the song “Two Out of Three Ain’t Rad” from their recent self titled full length, released back in April on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

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Red City Radio

Red City Radio

Self Titled

Staple Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

After a handful of EPs and a pair of solid full lengths, Oklahoma’s Red City Radio is finally confident enough to brand their next LP with the self-titled stamp.  But following in the wake of their stellar 2013 album, Titles, means that the band has some pretty big shoes to fill.  Containing some of the catchiest rough-cut pop-punk you’ll hear out of Gainesville’s The Fest on any given year, that lightening in the bottle ended up being crowned one of my favourite records of the year.  Big shoes indeed.

This time around, Red City Radio plays it pretty safe, delivering more choice cuts of the gravelly pop-punk fans have come to expect.  Just don’t expect to be wowed the same way that Titles left an initial impression.  While the choruses are tight and bound with catchy hooks born from heavy riffs, the guitars and tempos generally feel slightly more passive.  On the one hand, the band is certainly more confident to just strike up a catchy tune; but on the other, such comfort comes at the cost of some of the spontaneity that made Titles so aggressively engaging.

But first the good stuff.  When Red City Radio picks up momentum, they can really get under your skin and into your head.  The mid-album duo, “Electricity” and “Let Me In”offer up a couple of the most addictive, sing-along choruses in any contemporary “orgcore” act.  “It wasn’t bothering you, it wasn’t bothering me, but when we kissed it felt like more than just something to do,” grumbles Garrett Dale  in the former’s sloppy, band-backed chorus call.  The combination of dense, energetic riffs against Dale’s coarse baritone begs strong comparisons to fan favourites Make Do And Mend and Nothington.  Meanwhile, “Let Me In” moves with a certain swagger (extending into one of the album’s killer guitar solos) built upon nostalgic imagery of “when everything was new, when we were all still bored.”  Other standouts like “I Should Have Known” swell during likeminded riff roarin’ choruses and vocal layers that showcase Red City Radio at their best.

With such peaks making grand statements fit for a self titled effort, its a shame that the band also seems content to play so safe in the predictably midtempo range.  For instance, “Rest Easy,” “Stranger” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Rad” boast aggressive riffs and killer vocal ramblings but do little to distinguish each from one another.  Consequently, the the album suffers from bouts of slightly generic passages that tend to blur together – lacking the surge of adrenaline characteristic of Red City Radio’s (and Titles) best moments.  It’s like the difference between high end IKEA furniture and a hand made, custom order – there’s just less overall character and a higher degree of structural repetition.

Just listening to Dale wailing his heart out is one of punk’s simplest pleasures.  It’s just a shame that Red City Radio’s self titled full length lacks some of the ongoing spontaneity of past career highlights.  The album is good – great even at times – but will likely end up becoming that under rated offering that lives in its predecessor’s shadow.  That being said, Red City Radio still offers a fine dose of tight, worthwhile gritty pop-punk, and the band’s chemistry continues to uphold their reputation as a praiseworthy genre highlight.

Red City Radio Stream Self Titled Full Length

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premiered a full stream of their upcoming self titled full length, due out April 21, 2015 via their new home on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

Give the full disc a spin here courtesy AbsolutePunk.  Be sure to watch for our review next week.

Red City Radio – Rest Easy

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Rest Easy”and is from their upcoming self titled full length, due out April 21, 2015 via their new home on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

Check out the new song here.

Fans who pre-order the album today will receive an instant download of the song.

Red City Radio – Electricity

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio has premired a brand new song.  The track is titled “Electricity”and is from their upcoming self titled full length, due out April 21, 2015 via their new home on Staple Records.  The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records

Check out the new song below.

Fans who pre-order the album today will be the first to receive an instant download of the song.

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Tours: PEARS / Red City Radio (Europe)

PearsRagged New Orleans punk group PEARS has announce a series of UK tour dates serving as support for Red City Radio.  The band is currently supporting the European release of their debut full length, Go To Prison, set for release on Gunner Records on January 30, 2015.

Dates can be found below.

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Red City Radio Enters Studio, Joins Staple Records

Red City RadioOklahoma City’s Red City Radio have signed to Staple Records who will released their third full length album laster this year. The band entered Red Audio Werks studio in their hometown yesterday to begin work on the as-yet-untitled album.  Bassist/vocalist Jonathan Knight detailed their recording plans saying:

“We are very excited to enter into the studio here in OKC, once again with the very talented Kendall Stephens as our engineer and producer and Matt Allison mixing. We are confident in these songs being some of the very best we’ve put together, and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.” 

The band last released Titles in 2013 through Paper + Plastick Records.

 

Pears Announce European Tour + Euro Release Of ‘Go To Prison’

PearsNew Orleans hardcore band Pears have announced that their debut full length, Go To Prison, will get an official European release on January 30th via Gunner Records. The band will also be joining Oklahama’s Red City Radio for a UK and Euro tour next year.

Check out the list of announced tour dates, and Pears’ video for Breakfast, below.

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Tours: Red City Radio / Direct Hit!

Red City RadioOklahoma City punk act Red City Radio has announced that they will be touring with Direct Hit! this Fall after they appear at Riot Fest in September.  the tour will lead up to a collection of supporting dates with New Found GloryWe Are The In Crowd and Fireworks on the 5th Annual Glamour Kills Tour

Tour dates are available below.  The band continues to support their sophomore LP, Titles, released last October via Paper + Plastick Records.

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Red City Radio Announces New Guitarist

Red City RadioOklahoma City-based punk act Red City Radio has announced their official replacement for founding member Paul Pendley, who made known his amicable departure last week.  The band will be joined by Nothington bassist Ryan Donovan.  Vocalist/guitarist Garrett Dale discussed the change:

“We know you’ve had a rough week after hearing the news our brother Paul would no longer be with Red City Radio.. Well, I hope this cheers y’all right up!… Help us welcome our new guitar player and long time friend RYAN DONOVAN to Red City Radio!!!!… Ryan will accompany us on all future tours including our Europe run coming up next month!!! He’s a great guy and he wants to party with you!”

Paul’s final appearance with Red City Radio will be in the group’s hometown of Oklahoma City on April 12 at The Conservatory. Tickets can be picked up here

Tours: Red City Radio / Perdition (UK/Europe)

Red City RadioOklahoma’s Red City Radio have revealed plans for an extensive UK and European tour this summer alongside Perdition.

The tour begins April 24 in Germany and wraps up exactly a month later on May 24 after a total of 32 shows in 31 days. Scattered through the tour, the band will hit up three major European festivals: Groezrock on May 2, Monster Bash on May 3 and Pirate Satellite on May 4. 

All the dates can be seen below. Red City Radio is continuing to tour on the strength of its acclaimed sophomore full-length, Titles, which was released last October through Paper + Plastick Records and ended on many year end lists.

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Tour: Direct Hit! / Red City Radio / Elway

Direct Hit!Milwaukee’s Direct Hit! are embarking on a tour of the US west coast in support Brainless God, their latest full length release, which was released digitally and on CD at the end of 2013 via Red Scare Industries with a vinyl release due in early in 2014. The record has been billed as “a punk rock opera about love and the apocalypse” and the band have created a short film to accompany the record and releasing it in sections online. Watch it here:

Chapters I-IV: via Noisey

Chapter V: via youtube

Chapter VI & VII: via purevolume

Support on this tour will come from Oklahoma’s Red City Radio and Colorado’s Elway. Full dates and details below:

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Red City Radio - Titles

Red City Radio

Titles

Paper + Plastick Records
By

Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

How Red City Radio has eluded my radar for the past five years is beyond me.  Not only have I read countless press releases featuring the band, but I even possess vinyl editions of To the Sons & Daughters of Woody Guthrie and The Dangers of Standing Still from Paper + Plastick Records’ last big vinyl grab bag giveaway – but seeing how I ordered upwards of thirty records at the time I simply never had the chance to take them for a spin given the absence of a digital copy, paired with my record player residing in my overcrowded basement. 

But now I’m kicking myself for not becoming acquainted sooner.  As I’ve quickly learnt, there has never been a better time to acquaint one’s self with Red City Radio than with their latest full length, Titles.  Weathered pop-punk that does justice to both the gravelly undertones and downright infectious sing along songs therein.  Fans of Nothington have likely already jumped onboard thanks to the commanding vocal presence of front man Paul Pendley.  A vocalist that the whole band can get behind, Pendley’s gravelly lead serves as a rally cry from which other band members’ snotty vocal talents can jump into the fray. 

Opener “Two Notes Shy Of An Octave” ignites the flame with a gauntlet of rapid-fire choral upshots and a barrage of steadily swelling riffs.  Plateauing on a plane of cool tempered harmonies, the track summarizes Titles’ blend of catchy carefree melodies meet raw unearthed emotion.  The contrast inherent in the gritty No Idea Records style pop-punk of “A Version Of Events” compliments the vulnerable, emotional vocal buildup of the down and out underdog anthem “Show Me On The Doll Where The Music Touched You.”  With so much to offer and such effortless stylistic shifts, each track proves catchy and thoughtfully crafted without relying on or self-plagiarizing any of its neighbours. 

Songs also settle to memory in part due to a pairing of memorable lyrics and energizing mid-track solos.  For an example of the former, look no further than “Purple Heart Paper Weight” for the band’s serious side.  The self-destructive tale of deeply personal paternal loss and after-the-fact realization that “sometimes I feel like I am in over my head” reaches vulnerably to listeners for support.  Such thought provoking instants occur mere minutes from the sweltering guitar work defining “The Silence Between,” meaning Titles remains consistently ear grabbing without ever milking any one appeal.

Well, consider me a convert.  After even a short time with Titles, the gripping combination of gritty melodies meet dirty hooks means Red City Radio has my undivided attention.  Others cite Titles as the Oklahoma City quartet’s best release to date, and as a newcomer I can see why.  Let my negligence be a lesson, don’t wait a moment longer to check out what could end up as your new favourite band. 

Tour: Red City Radio, Elway, Direct Hit!

Red City RadioRed City Radio has announced that the band will be heading on tour with Elway and Direct Hit!  The band will be supporting its latest full-length record, Titles, released back in October via Paper + Plastick Records; while Elway released Leavetaking and Direct Hit! released Brainless God through Red Scare this year.

Tour dates are below.

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Red City Radio Full Album Stream

Red City RadioRed City Radio has launched a full album stream of their upcoming sophomore full length.  The album is titled Titles and is set for an October 15, 2013 release via Paper + Plastick Records.  The label is also offering a two day digital price of $5.00 and two dollars off the remaining vinyl records.

Stream the album and check out the sale here.

Red City Radio – Purple Heart Paper Weight

Red City RadioRed City Radio has debuted a brand new song from their upcoming sophomore full length.  The track is titled “Purple Heart Paper Weight” from the album Titles which is set for an October 15, 2013 release via Paper + Plastick Records.  

Listen to the song here courtesy DyingScene.

Red City Radio Premiere New Music Video

Red City RadioOklahoma Punk Rockers Red City Radio have announced via their Facebook page that their new video, entitled Two Notes Shy Of An Octave, is being premiered on Punknews.org.

The track is the second release from the band’s upcoming album, Titles, which is due to be released October 15th 2013 through Paper + Plastick. You can preorder Titles here, and watch the video for the album’s first single Show Me On The Doll Where The Music Touched You here.

Red City Radio – Show Me On the Doll Where the Music Touched You

Red City RadioRed City Radio has debuted a brand new song from their upcoming sophomore full length.  The track is titled “Show Me On the Doll Where the Music Touched You” from the album Titles which is set for an October 15, 2013 release via Paper + Plastick Records.  

Listen to the track or pre-order the album here.

Red City Radio Announce Sophomore Full Length

Red City RadioRed City Radio has announced that they will be releasing a brand new sophomore full length.  The album will be titled Titles and is set for an October 15, 2013 release via Paper + Plastick Records.  The band expresses their excitement:

“We know we’re overdue for a new full-length. We realized that when we were on tour with The Ataris last year. So after we toured with Broadway Calls at the beginning of this year, we settled down and started writing a new record. We knew we had to do something better this time; something different in terms of song craft and delivery, and that added a lot more pressure. It was also our first time recording without the help of Stephen Egerton. But with the very talented Kendall Stephens producing, and our bassist Jojo assisting, we decided to take some risks. The end result is a punk-rock record that’s reliant on the “rock” side of things. There’s lots of vocal melodies, like you’re used to hearing with Red City Radio songs. But this album is a lot more personal, and there are a lot of things on here that our fans haven’t heard from us before. We think it’s our bets work, and we hope you like it.”

A teaser video for the alum can be found below.  The album follows their debut full length, The Dangers of Standing Still.

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Interview: Red City Radio

Red City RadioHave no fear, Red City Radio is here! This four-piece punk rock band coming straight from Oklahoma City will rock your punk rock world. The band’s latest album Two for Flinching is epic; standing out in the sea of bands as each member belts out vocals on different tracks.

Ashley N. Milholland met up with the band in Jacksonville, FL at the Phoenix Taproom where their humble yet comedic attitude made for an interesting interview as I talked with the guys about their beginnings to their future plans for this coming year.

Read the interview here.

Red City Radio

Red City Radio

Garrett Dale, Paul Pendley, Jonathan (JoJo) Knight, Dallas Tidwell

Paper + Plastick Records
By on January 29th, 2013 at Phoenix Taproom - Jacksonville Beach, FL

 

 

Have no fear, Red City Radio is here! This four-piece punk rock band coming straight from Oklahoma City will rock your punk rock world. The band’s latest album Two for Flinching is epic; standing out in the sea of bands as each member belts out vocals on different tracks.

I met up with the band in Jacksonville, FL at the Phoenix Taproom where their humble yet comedic attitude made for an interesting interview as I talked with the guys about their beginnings to their future plans for this coming year. Read More…

Broadway Calls and Red City Radio Free Two Song Sampler

Red City RadioRed City Radio and Broadway Calls just recently started a January / February tour together yesterday and have released a free two song sampler to celebrate the fact.

The sampler features Open Letter from Broadway Calls and 50th and Western from Red City Radio. It can be downloaded here.

Broadway Calls are touring to support the quickly approaching release of its new full-length record, Comfort/Distraction, which will be out via No Sleep Records in February. Red City Radio is continuing to tour on their debut LP, The Dangers Of Standing Still, and the band will have a new full-length record out later this year.

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Blacklist Royals / Red City Radio – A Vagabond Christmas Song

Blacklist RoyalsWhile we’re a little late in reporting about it, Nashville’s Blacklist Royals have recorded a brand new Christmas song called A Vagabond Christmas Song with their friends in Red City Radio and have released it for free through Paper + Plastick Records

The song can be streamed and downloaded for free here and can also be heard below.

Both of these bands will have new full-length records out in 2013.

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Blacklist Royals – A Vagabond Christmas Song

Blacklist RoyalsIn the spirit of the holidays Blacklist Royals and released a brand-new Christmas song for free!  The track features support from Paper + Plastick Records labelmates Red City Radio.  Both bands plan to release new albums in the new year.

The song can be streamed and downloaded for free here, or sample it in the embedded player below.

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Tours: Red City Radio / Broadway Calls / Silver Snakes

Red City Radio has announced that they will be embarking on a co-headlining tour with Broadway Calls in early 2013.  The tour will kick off in late January and run through February.  Silver Snakes and a currently unannounced band will serve as support.  Red City Radio last released The Dangers Of Standing Still in 2011 via Paper + Plastick Records, with Broadway calls planning to release a new LP, Comfort/Distraction, on February 5, 2013.

Full tour listings can be found below.

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Free Sampler For Paper + Plastered Tour

Paper + Plastick Records has announced that they will be giving away a free label sampler to promote the upcoming ‘The Paper + Plastered Tour.’  The tour features The Ataris headlining all dates, with the band inviting Strung Out and Nothington for the West Coast and Southwest dates, and labelmates Flatfoot 56 and Red City Radio joining in for the final three-week stint which finds the band in the South, East Coast and Northeast.  The sampler features a bonus  acoustic song called “12.15.10” which was performed by Kristopher Roe and included on his previous acoustic album Hang Your Head In Hope.

Download the sampler here and check out the tour dates below.

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Paper + Plastered Tour And Bands Announced

Paper + Plastick Records has announced a label-centered tour entitled ‘The Paper + Plastered Tour.’  The tour features The Ataris headlining all dates, with the band inviting Strung Out and Nothington for the West Coast and Southwest dates, and labelmates Flatfoot 56 and Red City Radio joining in for the final three-week stint which finds the band in the South, East Coast and Northeast. 

The band is currently gearing up for the release of their upcoming new album The Graveyard of The Atlantic, expected to drop in the spring of 2013 via Paper + Plastick. Tour dates can be found below.

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Red City Radio To Reissue To the Sons & Daughters of Woody Guthrie On Vinyl

Paper + Plastick Records has announced that they will be re-issuing Red City Radio‘s To the Sons & Daughters of Woody Guthrie EP on vinyl.  The release will be limited to 500 copies and will be available in five different color variations with a screen-printed B-side.  The band last released The Dangers of Standing Still full-length in 2011.

Pre-orders can be found here.