Concert preview: Watch out, Nickelback, the teen punks in Radkey are gunning for you

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From the July 3, 2014 edition

The teenage punks in Radkey started making music with one aim in mind: to obliterate the Nickelbacks of the world.

“There’s a lot of shit bands like Nickelback making by-the-numbers rock music — I don’t even want to call it rock music — and it would be cool to get more legitimate rock bands up in the front of things again,” said bassist Isaiah Radke, who’s joined in the group by brothers Dee (guitar/vocals) and Solomon (drums), in a late-June phone interview. “It’s the sound, the attitude, the people, the fans. It’s all bad. It’s hollow. It’s a waste of time and money, and it’s weird how a lot of people shovel that shit in their mouths.”

Growing up in St. Joseph, Missouri, a rural town Radke described as “boring,” the brothers bonded over the holy triumvirate of Nirvana, The Ramones and Led Zeppelin — influences that seep into the rowdy-yet-somehow-melodic tunes dotting the trio’s two EPs.

“Melody is everything for us,” the bassist said. “A song’s not worth very much if people can’t remember it.”

Dead Set Ready opens the show.