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Get Rad - Bastards United [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Get Rad

Get Rad: Bastards United [7 inch]Bastards United [7 inch] (2007)
Level Plane Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Though Get Rad feature a member of (now official) defunct-to-bes Since by Man, there's little use in considering that when listening to the band's Bastards United 7". The bands share essentially no similarities besides a vague "hardcore" categorization. There's another relative misnomer at play h.


Though Get Rad feature a member of (now official) defunct-to-bes Since by Man, there's little use in considering that when listening to the band's Bastards United 7". The bands share essentially no similarities besides a vague "hardcore" categorization.

There's another relative misnomer at play here. Get Rad are often labeled as a goofy thrash band; their top two neighbors on Last.fm are even Infest and Charles Bronson. Goofy? Sure. Thrash? Uhh, maybe my turntable is running a little slow or I'm just getting hard of hearing. If this record is any indication -- and maybe it's not, since the band have a few others released -- Get Rad is more mid-`80s inspired hardcore along the lines of Kill Your Idols or a thrash-less, more vocally pissed Outbreak with an unbridled intensity exuded throughout. However, the closing title track has a more serious air about it with a raw buildup and breakdown closer to self-titled 7"-era Modern Life Is War. Whatever they sound like, it ain't bad, but they certainly aren't executing any dynamically extreme tempo changes that'll have you flipping your brim upwards.

Lyrically, there's a fine line tread here between fun and stupid. The blatant "Goonies" ripoff layout is awesome, but lines like "I'm going nuts! Bonkers!" and "all the Taco Bell we ate...it was worth it!" might emit some groans, even if it's a sincere recount of male bonding.

In any event, this is a decent time and if you find yourself especially attracted to bands taking themselves less seriously, try it out.

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CBSrocksteady (April 3, 2008)

Yeah a lot of people consider ANS thrash, but I definately put them in that 80's hardcore category too. Just cause they're doin it in the 00's dont mean that shits the new jive son!

on a side note, i do believe that Get Rad is in my top 10 band names of all time.

RightLaneEnds (April 2, 2008)

yet another fine milwaukee product

TheOneTrueBill (April 1, 2008)

That has me beat six ways from Sunday. Karko was an ugly son of a bitch but he was a ROCK behind the plate.

skankin_in_the_pit (April 1, 2008)

That still doesn't come close to the awesomeness of my Ron Karkovice 'graphed poster.

TheOneTrueBill (April 1, 2008)

I have a test press of this. That's how cool I am.

wallrock (April 1, 2008)

I saw them open for D4 in Madison two months back. I'm not big on the hardcore sound but I enjoyed their set, and afterwards spoke with 'em for a bit. They're a group of kick-ass Milwaukee dudes, for sure.

skankin_in_the_pit (April 1, 2008)

These dudes rule. Most bands that get labeled posi-thrash or goofy thrash or whatever in reviews sound more 80s hardcore to me too.

Red I'm peein red I'm peein reeeeeeeed.

fallingupwards84 (April 1, 2008)

played a show with these guys last year, nice people

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