The southern California fivesome AM RADIO plays tough powerpop close to modern rock kingdom near Weezer land,Kevin Ridel-Vocals and Joe Higgins-Drums were both members of a band called PEEL that recorded an album for Beyond Records which never came out.
They started this Ultrapop band together with guitarist Jason Moore,guitarist Rowan Robertson and Canadian bassist Bryce Soderberg to show people that popbands can rock. Songwriter Ridel has an odd mix of idols with Psychedelic Furs, Robert Smith of The Cure, to Journey and of course Weezer...this collection of bands has affected Ridel?s songwriting in one way or another because the songs on "Radioactive" has attitude,a positive spirit and a high melody factor. First single "Taken for a ride" is first class powerpop and is getting a lot of radioplay in the states,"If this is the end" opens the record with some nice Butch Walker harmonies and I like the cool "Media life" which can be described as James Bond goes modern rock. The Weezer influences shines through on "Hush" and the mega catchy "Oh OL",two strong contenders for the next single,you bet. The crispy production from Howard Benson suits the band just fine and with the crystal clear guitars,the sound on "Radioactive" got a lotta edge....not to forget Ridel?s very English vocals that stands somewhere between Tal Bachman and Robert Smith(the Cure),as a matter of fact the song "Cold blue" sounds a bit like it could?ve been written by Tal Bachman.
This record could appeal to fans of Rick Springfield as well as Weezer,Tal Bachman or Butch Walker,so why wait for the next album with one of those(buy them also but)get AM RADIO first. Kevin sings "Tomorrow I will be gone" but I don?t believe that for a second coz here are 13 short but glowing rocking popsongs that will be released July 1st,the day of the reckoning! So make sure you pay them a visit in Powerpop Eldorado.....or they will come to you in the night like a good Freddy Krueger in your dreams to remind you what you?re missing.
Thanks for the info, when I recieved the advance
of this CD I only had the info from their website
and it said the producer was Rod Cervera but that
was wrong information I noticed now when I went
back to check it out.
I have corrected the review!