You have to love the revolution that is arising among indie artists like RadioRadio whose latest EP, Alarm 1 Alarm 2, shows influences of ‘80s power rock liken to Quarterflash and Styx, and 2000’s synth-enshrined guitars relatable to The Bravery and Test Your Reflex. RadioRadio, which is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, straddles the line between energetic rock and electro-pop with a natural ability to work them both into megaphone heights. It is as if the band was conceived in the womb of the ‘80s and brought to fruition in 2000’s thriving marketplace. RadioRadio’s music is reminiscent of the sonic splendor that transformed the ‘80s into the epicenter of rock, without the band having to rehash or copy twenty-year old music. The band’s EP sounds like it is heavily influenced by the music of the ‘80s, but living in present conditions.
The synth-rock dance track of “Alarm 1 Alarm 2” has the building blocks of new wave with a contemporary shading reflective of The Bravery. It’s club music with a hard rock flare, while the dance beats of “BBC,” performed by bassist Paul Cristiano and drummer Paul Sanders, have an electro-pop flicking that modern bands like Kamera and Telephone equip their tunes with along bolts of starlit guitar flares played by Jay Hunt. Lead singer, Greg Hosterman has lilting vocals liken to Jack Blades as Hosterman rolls with the rhythmic flow without missing a beat or overstepping the boundaries that he sets for himself. The lyrics in “BBC” demonstrate the idealistic sentiment of the tune, “I might run away / Always have my heart / Always and forever now / Like a page lost to history / Our love will last throughout the centuries / Pages and pages thru ages and ages.”
The synth-pop treatments put on RadioRadio’s songs bring out the melodic patterns sharp colors and pleasing motifs like in the dance-rock tunage of “I, Computer” which puts meaty guitar riffs along the electro-pop slides. But the power rock ballad “Ghost” is a real thrill ride with softly beating bass lines, stroking drum beats, and melodically armored guitar riffs. Though the song shows influences of classic melodic rock riffage, it is a tune whose heels are implanted in the music of present day.
RadioRadio created such a synthesis of ‘80s power rock and 2000’s synth-pop that it makes this revolution by indie artists to restore good sounding music to the marketplace, a thrill to witness. Their EP, Alarm 1 Alarm 2 is music that is easy to embrace and hopefully the band has more where that comes from in the near future. According to RadioRadio’s bio, the band took their name from a lyric written by Elvis Costello about protesting corporate media. I don’t know what Costello was protesting, but RadioRadio’s protest is the kind that people will want to support.