GET RAD: What the Fuck Happened to Common Sense?: 12″EP

What’s in a band’s name? Sometimes nothing. Other times it can be very misleading. Just like the Killers don’t really kill and the White Stripes make me see red. At first glance, Get Rad looks like the name of a band full of dudes with flipped up bills on their baseball caps and sleeveless JFA T-shirts (eek!) And while they certainly have more in common with skate punk than sucky music, it also goes to show that a moderately bad band name can go a long way when the tunes are up to par. In fact, the more I listen to this, the more I start to realize that not too many bands can pull off awesomeness in the tricky world of melodic hardcore. Kid Dynamite were always a wee bit too melodic for my tastes and Propagandhi progressively got too preachy to stomach. Get Rad fucking nailed it.

 –Juan Espinosa (Underground Communiqué)