JT’s Picks: The Radio Knights — Happen

The Radio Knights and singer Matt Dahan send their latest EP “Happen”. These are local boys from the south shore of Boston, and they recorded and produced this effort themselves (I assume at home, though they didn’t indicate). This record sounds good. Well recorded and well mixed; nice guitars, good harmonies. Good job! You get extra points for making an EP up front. After listening to your stuff on disc and on myspace, I’m wondering why the myspace mp3 actually sound better than the disc? Remastered maybe?

Occasionally the drums could use some work, occasionally the lead vocals could be stronger. However, my lingering qualms stem from confusion over who these guys are (as a band). They called themselves “power-pop” on their entry form. The EP cover has dark colors (blacks and browns) with yellow images of the band, the city, and other hard to identify stuff; the band is also hard to discern but the one visible guy looks like a Wolverine wannabe. So I’m already confused. The cover, and even their name, suggests 70s scag rockers, the form makes me anticipate bubble-gum, huh? The music is straight up pop-rock; a bit too smooth for me; makes me think of The Gin Blossoms or 3 Doors Down. Of course, the piano evokes Billy Joel who they mention as an influence. Again, it’s really well executed – it’s a great listen – just a bit background-y for me. A lot of “I really love you” songs and “we’ve gotta get outa here” songs. Is there any need for those after Bruce? These guys are really talented, now let’s push the envelope a bit, shall we?

Check them out yourselves at myspace.com/theradioknights. (BTW, every band should have their own website, not just a myspace page).

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