PREMIERE: Radkey’s “Song Of Solomon” is an overdriven ode to laziness

photo: Vinny Dingo

Have you ever heard of St. Joseph, Missouri? It’s not exactly a booming metropolis; the mid-sized city is best known for being the birthplace of “The Little Drummer Boy” composer Katherine Kennicott Davis as well as Eminem—you can’t really get further apart on the musical spectrum than that. So garage-punk trio Radkey isn’t exactly what you’d expect to come out of the deep Midwest, but yet here they are: Three brothers, Dee (vocals/guitar), Isaiah (bass) and Solomon Radke (drums), who have loaded their band’s debut album, Dark Black Makeup, with throwback punk that could easily stir up pits in the early ’80s with some serious nods to Danzig and the Misfits. Today, we’re premiering “Song Of Solomon,” the first Radkey track penned by the youngest member of the group—and it’s probably better than the first song you ever wrote, too. Isaiah explains:

“This is the first song that Sol has ever written, and it’s really cool because it’s so much better than Dee and I’s first songs. We like to think of it as a song about the Nega Solomon: a lowlife, no motivation, living-room couch-sleeping, wannabe-famous musician guy.”

Dark Black Makeup will be released August 21 via Radkey’s own Little Man Records and can be pre-ordered here.

Catch Radkey on tour all over the world from now until November:

Aug 20 Hasselt, BE @ Kiewit
Aug 21 Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 22 Osnabruck, DE @ Kleine Freiheit
Aug 23 Bochum, DE @ Matrix
Aug 25 Berlin, DE @ ://about blank
Aug 26 Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Bar
Aug 29 Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Aug 30 Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Sep 01 London, UK @ Old Blue Last

Sep 08 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Sep 10 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
Sep 11 Denver @ Larimer Lounge
Sep 12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Music Garage
Sep 14 Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Sep 15 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Sep 16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge
Sep 18 Oakland, CA @ Leo’s
Sep 19 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Sep 20 Long Beach, CA @ Alex’s Bar
Sep 21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sep 22 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sep 25 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 26 St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
Sep 27 Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
Sep 29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Sep 30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Oct 01 Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon
Oct 02 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Oct 03 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Oct 04 Washington DC @ Black Cat Backstage
Oct 07 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Oct 08 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
Oct 09 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 10 Chicago, IL @ Township

Oct 15 Vienna, AT @ Fluc
Oct 16 Muchen, DE @ Strom
Oct 17 Stuttgart, DE @ Zwölfzehn
Oct 18 Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
Oct 20 Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Oct 21 Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
Oct 22 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Kleine Zaal
Oct 23 Utrecht, NL @ EKKO
Oct 24 Brussels, Beligum @ AB
Oct 26 Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Oct 27 Bristol, UK @ The Exchange
Oct 28 Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
Oct 29 Sheffield, UK @ Leadmill
Oct 30 Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Oct 31 Manchester, UK @ SOUND CONTROL
Nov 03 Newcastle, UK @ 02 Academy 2 Newcastle
Nov 04 London, UK @ The Dome Tufnell Park
Nov 05 London, UK @ The Dome