This 7" is one of the more recent things I've been sent for review (I really am making a concerted effort to get through everything). I can't say that the artwork led me to believe this was something that I would like, but I did go in what an open mind. What I ended up with are mixed emotions. There are certainly things I like about these songs, but over all I don't think I can say I'll ever listen to this 7" again.
First off we'll discuss the positive; the music of the band. The actual playing of instruments and structure of the songs are fun and unique. They've got a somewhat nasty rock and roll streak to them with strong guitar riffs and a saxophone wailing along. There are tiny moments where the band gives off a Rocket From The Crypt vibe, especially with the way the sax interacts with the rest of the band.
Unfortunately, Radiation Risks aren't an instrumental band. Once you add the vocals to the mix, everything just comes crashing down for me. The singer has a drawn out growl that sounds completely out of place with the upbeat nature of the music. There's lots of unnecessary yelling and at the end of the day, I just don't like it. It's a shame, the band is on to something. If they could lock down a shit hot soul singer or something, they could be a force to be reckoned with.
Radiation Risks - Goodbye Money 7"