LOS ANGELES, February 7, 2014 — Isaiah Radke and his two brothers, Dee and Solomon, form the punk rock trio known as Radkey. The band released their debut EP, Devil Fruit, last year. At the end of this month, Radkey will be heading to England. Radkey bass player Isaiah Radke took some time to speak with Wells On Music regarding the band.
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Kevin J. Wells: What bands got you into punk rock?
Isaiah Radke: Bands like the Ramones and the Clash and Misfits, stuff like that.
KW: Are your parents musical people?IR: My parents listen to a lot of music. Our great grandfather and great uncle were musical people. There was a lot of music in the house.
KW: How old were you when you started playing?
IR: I was 15 and Sol was 13. Dee started a long time ago, like when he was ten.
KW: Was the goal always for you guys to start a band?IR: We always wanted to join bands, but never followed through with it until now. Dee filled in for a cover band and it went well. We got the idea recently to start this band.
KW: Do you find it hard to play in a band with your brothers?
IR: Not at all. I actually can’t imagine playing with anyone else.
KW: How does the Radkey song writing process work?
IR: Sometimes Dee will have a harmony or I will come up with a riff or we will start from scratch, like a jam or something. It happens in a lot of ways, which keeps it interesting.
KW: Is there a full-length record coming soon?
IR: Yeah, we’re writing for it right now.
KW: When can fans look forward to hearing the new stuff?
IR: Hopefully, it will be out in the fall.
KW: Yesterday, you released the free download for Feed My Brain. Will that be on the record?
IR: When we do release the record, that song will be on there.
KW: At the end of this month, Radkey is heading to England for some shows. Is this your first trip abroad?
IR: It’s our third trip there. They really appreciate big American guitar music.
KW: Do you have any plans for a U.S. tour in 2014?
IR: Hopefully, something will open up and we can do another tour because the last one was really cool.
KW: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about yourself or anything you’re working on?
IR: We’re just working on a bunch of new songs and working on making our live shows better. We want people who come to see us to always see a better show than they saw before. So, just working on a bunch of songs and trying to do everything better.
Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for Communities Digital News and also writes about Major League Baseball, punk rock music, and food. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball