Rambunctious three piece punk rockers, Radolescent, describe themselves as “three young fellas from the Gold Coast who like their music loud and the beers cold.”
Last year saw the Radolescent lads, Isaac, Lachlan and Kurt, put out their debut EP, ‘Scrape Ya Plate’, and since then they’ve been busy building their profile, playing live and working on some new tracks. The first taste of which is a belligerent slice of classic punk rock which goes by the name of ‘Drug Fiend’, which you can check out on the band’s Soundcloud page.
The guys will be hitting the tour-trail in August, including a launch show for ‘Drug Fiend’ at Elsewhere in Surfers Paradise on 3 August. In the lead up we posed a few questions to the guys.
Congratulations on the cracking new single, ‘Drug Fiend’. The track was recorded with Mark Duckworth and Brad Hoskings at Blind Boy Studios in Nerang. What was it like working with them?
It was great, they’re both very good at what they do and don’t really have time for any fuck ups – and surprisingly we didn’t have any, haha! Brad is a freak with the quick keys and his studio is set up really well. ‘Duck’ had a good idea of what we wanted with pre-production before we went in with Brad. We had expectations that we would be there pulling all-nighters, but we left every day at like 4 in the afternoon, shocked hahaha!
The new single also reminds me a bit of late 70’s English punk rock. Is this generally indicative of your sound as a whole? And what are a few of your favourite punk rock bands, both new and old?
We haven’t really tried to make our music sound like anything in particular, it kind of just comes out that way after playing together. There are definitely some curveballs on the (next) record though. We all have a similar taste in music and listen to bands like Wavves and Fidlar, but yeah we don’t really have American accents..and Lachy talks about Lemmy a lot haha!
You released your debut EP, ‘Scrape Ya Plate’, late last year. How was the response – have you been able to steadily build your profile and fan base since it came out?
The EP got a few laughs and that’s what we were really after, it was more of a chance to get some music out for the sake of it – consider it a demo. We actually got to play a bunch of really good shows because of it and met a bunch of great friends and fans.
You guys have a tour coming up in August, including some shows down south. Have you played in Sydney and Melbourne before?
No we haven’t, we’re really looking forward to it though. We have some mates living in those spots and some of the touring bands we have played with are from there, so it will be nice just to see them, let alone play shows. We have a new album recorded, so we will just start pushing the songs to people live and gauge their responses. Kurt takes his smoke machine everywhere – not the vape kind! Can you take smoke machines through carry on?
Do you share an affinity with any other Gold Coast bands? And where are your favourite musical haunts?
There would be too many to name them all, there is a heap of bands playing live shows at the moment on the Gold Coast, which is cool. But we would have to say Cakes and also CRUM. They are good friends of ours and we look after each other. The Miami Shark Bar has been a bit of a home for us since we started and there is always a good crowd. People care about the bands there which is sick. Elsewhere Bar in Surfers Paradise is also a great venue for bands.
What are the band up to for the rest of the year?
We’ll be doing a bunch shows locally and interstate and we’ll release another song before the end of the year. The album should be out at the start of next year. And we’re filming a funny clip for ‘Drug Fiend’ that will be out in the next month or so. Keeping it real!