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Red City Radio

Red City Radio: TitlesTitles (2013)
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Red City Radio established a well-laid structure on The Dangers of Standing Still and you got the feeling that with some fine-tuning, they could be onto bigger things. It was a record beloved by their fans, and they've now responded through their sophomore full-length Titles to any pressure they may.
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Red City Radio established a well-laid structure on The Dangers of Standing Still and you got the feeling that with some fine-tuning, they could be onto bigger things. It was a record beloved by their fans, and they've now responded through their sophomore full-length Titles to any pressure they may have felt. Well, fans can breathe easily as Red City Radio have never sounded better.

Paul Pendley's gruff vocals form the spine of RCR, with his guitars blending perfectly into those of Garrett Dale. They remind me so much of Bathurst with their more weathered take on pop-punk, which comes off even louder and more unique given that bassist Jonathan Knight and drummer Dallas Tidwell chime in on vocals as well. This mixed array of voices prove most absorbing, adding to the rhythm and harmonies they create. "A Version Of Events" highlights this with narrow hooks, stomping bass lines and a blistering punk essence. Anchored in catchy riffs, it's a more grizzled effect brought on by three and four-chord riffs atop sly solos. There's a less distorted effect on Titles when compared to RCR's other work that turns out to be a masterstroke.

"Show Me On The Doll Where The Music Touched You" starts off with a neat, but highly uncharacteristic ballad-esque intro. Then, Tidwell's lightning fast drum-work thunders in, creeping into their multi-vocal chants. 'I am fucking unstoppable, I am a fucking juggernaut' shows the bravado and enthusiasm they pour in. This track is, simply put. Red City Radio at their most charismatic and anthemic.

The band display more aggression on the harsher "A Joke With No Words" before resting in a calmer, relaxed atmosphere on "I'll Take A Mile." Red City Radio stream a lot of cynical, personal and vulnerable themes through each of these tracks. In expressing their opinions and sometimes vitriolic views on the world, their feelings and faith in rock n' roll resonate powerfully.

"The Silence Between" once more follows the band's calmer routine and as a more conventional breather, it accentuates the record's end with ease. You can affiliate this album to the need for Red City Radio to make that extra step, and no matter what bands get thrown to the gallows or hammered with disparaging remarks due to existing too far on the pop side of pop-punk, rest assured that RCR won't be one of them. On Titles, Red City Radio throw enough nods to punk connoisseurs while dancing in the not-so-shallow shores of what makes them so spunky and badass.


People who liked this also liked:
The Flatliners - CavalcadeThe Menzingers - Chamberlain WaitsThe Menzingers - On the Impossible PastThe Lawrence Arms - Oh! Calcutta!The Gaslight Anthem - Sink or SwimRed City Radio - The Dangers of Standing StillIron Chic - The Constant OneThe Gaslight Anthem - The '59 SoundHot Water Music - ExisterThe Flatliners - Dead Language

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Timfren (January 19, 2014)

amazing album its grown on me everytime I listen to it

Bufomary (January 12, 2014)

Nice dudes and awesome music! Just perfect!

Sealeggs (January 2, 2014)

There are some gems on this one The singer sound MORE like Bender than ever before though. Can't help but picture a cartoon robot fronting this band...

RaganYouth (December 16, 2013)

I hope this one is a grower. I've listened a couple times and I'm not a fan. Their last record was my favorite album of the year.

floggingmicah (December 3, 2013)

Very very good stuff. Love this record!

glloyd (November 14, 2013)

love this album

Make_Way (November 11, 2013)

only took a few listens for this album to rule my life

TibbsTastic (November 7, 2013)

I'm commenting again because I need to give this 5 stars! Just wow!

kneel (November 1, 2013)

Show me on the doll where the music touched you is the best song of the year, by far. This just might be the best album of the year, too.

Fucking feels wonderful spinning this as often as I can.

RiotRiot81 (October 31, 2013)

I am a fucking Juggernaut! God I love this album!

ramajama14 (October 29, 2013)

Blows their previous album out of the water imo... I liked The Dangers of Standing Still but it was so repetitive. If you've listened to the first few tracks there is really nothing else offered in the rest of the album. This one is much more diverse.

BonerPirate (October 29, 2013)

I don't quite like it as much as their last album, but that's only because I thought that and the EP were the best things I've ever heard. Hopefully they keep making music for many years to come. I NEED more harmonies and whoas next time though please.

victimofadriveby (October 29, 2013)

Great stuff! What I found interesting though is the dearth of repeated whoas...

levidolphin (October 28, 2013)

Cant be good on the larynx! Love it!

hatetheplacelovethechords (October 28, 2013)

Wow. Incredible. Alreay in my top 5 of the year for sure, and might end up top 3 or better, because so far it's growing on me in the same way that "On the Impossible Past" did.

77punker (October 28, 2013)

Great release....all tunes are solid....one of my favorite newer bands.

tbrow (October 28, 2013)

So amazing!! Incridible lyrics to hook you in.

slymer (October 28, 2013)

great album

eazyd2 (October 28, 2013)

i though it was the other bloke who had the deep gruff voice and that paul pendley cunt has the squeaky little bitch voice. am i wrong?

baldsteve (October 28, 2013)

Purple Heart Paper Weight and A Version of Events are fucking killer. Between those and The Silence Between, it's impossible for this to not be in my top 3 of the year. If the record weren't so good, it would be hard to take the rating seriously because the reviewer gave this a half a star rating higher than a goddamn Disney record of shitty ska covers.

Goddamn you to hell Renaldo.

BarleyPat (October 28, 2013)

Bab - I had a co-worker a few years back that was pretty socially awkward to say the least....we had friends in common, and he ended up at this all-weekend party on the mountain that we went to every year, where some friends that lived there and brewed beer had an annual reunion/camp-fest/kickball tourney.....anyways...he didn't really know too many people there and we were in the dining room grabbing some snacks and some woman we didn't know was following her baby around as it crawled on the floor. To break the ice, he goes "Your baby looks like it poops a lot." Very uncomfortable silence followed, as did strange looks from her over the next couple days.

Babrook (October 28, 2013)

everyone in this band takes killer shits

TibbsTastic (October 28, 2013)

Enjoying this one! Fantastic record!

olddogsneverdie (October 28, 2013)

Yeah "Joy Comes with the Morning" gives me chills. It's so good it nearly drives me to tears. "The Silence Between" is also a premium jam, however this album is solid from start to finish. Will be shocked to find many "best of" lists without this on it.

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BarleyPat (October 28, 2013)

After a couple listens, I don't like it QUITE as much as The Dangers of Standing Still, but that's tough to do, because that album absolutely smokes. This might pass it once I really settle in with it, we'll see. Either way, incredible album.

patod (October 28, 2013)

Just fucking stellar. Absolutely no filler, just rock and roll.

preston (October 28, 2013)

Trying not to "over-play" this record has been tough. Love it.

orgcorepunker (October 28, 2013)

So org.

theproblemwithfieri (October 28, 2013)

"Joy Comes with the Morning" is a fucking JAM! As expected, a monster of a record.

BrainTrust (October 28, 2013)

Great record! I read they┬┤re gonna be in Europe next spring. Hooray!

mikexdude (October 28, 2013)

Danperrone has spoken!

danperrone (October 28, 2013)

i'm not gonna lie...a fair amount of orgcore is decidedly mediocre, but this here...this is really good. not a fan of the two slower tracks but everything else is great.

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