Release Date: Jul 12, 2011
Record label: Uninhabitable Mansions
The tags on Radical Dads‘ Bandcamp page arguably say it all: “indie rock” and “Brooklyn. ” Taken together, it would be incredibly easy to automatically pigeonhole the trio of Lindsay Baker, Robbie Guertin, and Chris Diken into the heavily derivative, lo-fi mass of bands that Brooklyn can not seem to stop producing. That would not be quite fair, though, as Radical Dads’ full-length debut, Mega Rama, proves to be a diamond in the rough–a passionately created record that reveals more complexity and things to be excited about with each listen.
Brooklyn-based Radical Dads is a three-piece consisting of guitarists Chris Diken and Lindsay Bakes, who also sings, and drummer/singer Robbie Guertin of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You’d expect a fuzz-heavy, distortion-laden outing from this crew, and you’d be right, yet the band’s sound is oddly flat. For all that the guitars are fuzzed-out, they are also oddly tame, with no real crunch or sonic heft.
Keke Wyatt A decade ago Keke Wyatt released her promising debut album, “Soul Sista” (MCA), but promise was its only legacy. It was a modest success, yet Ms. Wyatt spent the next several years mired in various record-label purgatories, a moist, bright voice lost to time. Ms. Wyatt hasn’t ….
Mega Rama, the full-length debut from synth-pop trio Radical Dads, starts with a plea and leaves you with some questions. “Come on! Come on!/My friend, come back!/I’ve been waiting out here since the attack,” sing singer-guitarist Lindsay Baker and singer-drummer Robbie Guertin on opening track “Little Tomb. ” The band formed only three years ago, but its songs speak of dedication and loyalty—the kind that is most often seen on the playground where innocent friendships blossom into “best friends forever” after five minutes on a swing set and a shared PB&J.