Wild Honey (2017)
I picked up this import Radioactivity 7" along with a Lost Balloons one that'll be reviewing in the next few weeks. The postage was expensive, but man are these Radioactivity songs worth it. I feel like if you told Jeff Burke of Radioactivity/Lost Balloons/Marked Men/etc that he wrote the best pop punk songs in the world right now, he may not appreciate that description as some folks take offense to the term pop punk. But for me it's totally true, there's really no one doing it better.
Burke has a unique way of mixing his strained vocal melodies with wild chord progressions that always veer off somewhere unexpected, but amazing. He writes fuzzed out pop songs differently than the rest of the world, elevating the form while still keeping things fast, catchy and exciting. If you wanted to argue that Jeff Burke writes the best hooks in all of music, that's an argument I would definitely take under consideration.
These two new songs are as good as anything Radioactivity has previously released. "Infected" is a quick blast of dark lyrics and escalating chords. It's just so damn catchy that it should be in every jukebox in the world. "Sleep" has a similar tempo, but the way the vocals are delivered makes it seem just a bit slower than the A side. It's still a smash hit and both of these songs have me eagerly awaiting the next Radioactivity full length.
Radioactivity - Infected 7":