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Brotherly Punk

December 6, 2013


Dec. 06--The Radke brothers weren't around for punk rock's first wave. That doesn't mean the trio can't be heavily influenced by the genre.

"Music is just something that we've always done," says Isaiah Radke. "Performing with my brothers is just icing on the cake."

Isaiah, Dee and Solomon make up the punk rock trio Radkey. If the critics are correct, the trio is the next big thing in music.

In fact, Radkey performed in 2012 with Fishbone, Local H and Supersuckers at Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y. The gig led to it garnering a coveted spot at South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin last spring. Now the trio is touring in support of its two EPs, "Cat and Mouse" and "Devil Fruit." It also is writing tracks for a full-length album.

"It's pretty weird to actually have music available to the masses," Isaiah Radke says. "It's also very surreal that people are digging our sound. It's something that you haven't heard in a long time. We are influenced by the punk greats and only hope to keep the music going."

When it comes to writing music, he says the trio works together cohesively. He says some songs are written by Dee and others by himself.

"There's not one guy who takes a song from beginning to end," he says. "We know how to work with each other and what we want from the music."

The brothers began playing music at a young age. They were home-schooled and music was an integral part of the learning atmosphere.

The band is just beginning to learn the ropes of touring. Radkey has only been on two tours, but Radke said it feels like the brothers learned a lot.

"We've made huge mistakes on those other tours," he laughs. "There is no guide on how to tour properly. We forgot things and messed up with time management. This time around we are feeling a whole lot more confident."


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