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For anyone that knows me, knows that I have a special place in my heart for the band Radical Something. They were the first real band that I ever did a real interview with back in 2013. Then, two years later when I moved to LA, I not only interviewed them again, but I became one of the bands interns. Because of that, I developed not only a professional relationship, but a personal bond with the fun-loving, easy-going trio known as Radical Something.
Since forming in 2011, Radical Something has done an amazing job with giving fans music, whether that’s full length albums, EPs, or their infamous “Summer Of Rad” campaigns. With this new EP, Hot Sauce, they’ve explained there are songs on it that have been 3 years in the making and hope their fans think it’s worth the wait. I think it’s safe to say it was well worth the wait, indeed.
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Track 1: “Paradise in You” We first saw this track released this past summer during the “Summer of Rad” campaign. Because Radical Something worked so hard over the summer and accompanied each new song every week with either a music or lyric video, we are already lucky enough to have a music video out to this track. They worked with social media entertainer, Logan Paul who directed and starred in the music video. I love this song because of its fun, summer, dance vibe. It’s almost impossible to not dance along!
Track 2: “Stressed Out” This song is all about being stressed out, but thinking about and forward to the good times and those moments of pure relaxation and happy-chilled out bliss. Contrary to the title, with the upbeat melody to the song makes me feel as though I’m in my car, jamming to it with the windows down. That’s the beauty of Radical Something songs. Even in the colder weather, their songs make you feel like you’re right there in the LA sun with them at all times.
Track 3: “One Soul” This is quite easily my favorite track on the EP. Each line has its own personality of sorts and so much meaning. I love how Josh Cocktail sings the line “you see this love, we’re gonna bring it home tonight, so be easy,” but particularly the way he incorporates the words “be easy.” To me, and maybe it’s just me, but I feel like it comes full circle with their song “Be Easy.” Maybe I’m just partial and biased to that song because it was the first Radical Something song I ever heard and it’s still to this day one of my favorite, can’t-be-beat top songs. I always felt like “Be Easy” was such a staple and signature character of the band, and now with “One Soul” out, it completely captures the essence of who they are, and for me, it all came full circle and I couldn’t love, appreciate or value that more!
Track 4: “Red Flags” Without a doubt, this is Josh’s best on the EP. There’s so much confidence, honesty and sincerity. There’s a sort of grunge undertone in the raw expression of what he has to prove about his love. Although Loggy does have a verse, it’s his shortest contributing verse. I think it’s because this song and these lyrics were Josh’s story to tell. I believe he has a real story to tell, and I truly believe that story.
Track 5: “Shine” I get a very liberating feeling when listening to this song. Almost as if you can do anything. The overall theme of positivity and looking at the good in things, being together, being able to totally shine speaks volumes.
Track 6: “Pyramids” I find this to be a kind of fight song. Not fight in violence, of course, but rather fight for making a difference and for real change. I feel like it’s about making a mark on the world, to influence someone for the better, for an everlasting message on remaining true to who you are.
Track 7: “Paradise in You” (Young Bombs Remix) This remix gives the song an added upbeat dance element. The breaks in singing, and added beats are just so uplifting. Even more so than the original, I’m not sure it’s possible to hear this song and not dance to it!
The EP dropped November 4th, a day before my birthday, so I totally used this as a birthday gift to myself! After listening to it over and over, deciphering each song, and formulating my own interpretation to those songs, I can honestly say these are some of my favorite Radical Something songs. I love the direction in where they’re headed, which is staying true to who they are, but exploring and experimenting with some new sounds. I could be dead wrong with what I made of each song to what Radical Something actually intended, but isn’t that the beauty of music? The pure imagination and allowance of individual interpretation.