RAD PAYOFF: The Good, the Rad and the Ugly: Cassette

Goddamn! This is what reviewing is about: getting a package in the mail containing a new band that absolutely blows me away. Depending on the song, Rad Payoff could be mistaken for arena rock-era Rye Coalition, a mathy Dischord band, and/or Swiz. Insane stop-on-a-dime musicianship which is never pretentious or precious, serious grooves, and humor (witness “The Bong Remains The Same”), all with shouted vox from a guy whose vocals chords are obviously the strongest muscles in his body. This is the best music I’ve gotten for review in the past year. Seriously. Featuring a member of Sass Dragons, if you need more ammo. 

 –Michael T. Fournier (Let’s Pretend)