The first thing I get excited about is the color of the seven inch. (Yellow pastel!) That probably says something about the music, right? Maybe it just says something about hardcore music. When the needle hits the vinyl, I come upon the realization that snare drums and screaming will infinitely sound great together. They merge souls like prescription medication and wine. Simply put, Radio War is hardcore. Thrash. Screamo? Whatever the fuck you want to call it, they don’t try to overcompensate for the boring state of hardcore. The sounds from their debut 7” are both cacophonous and melodic. Even when the rhetorical chorus breaks on “Gizmo Duck,” yelling “smile and laugh” over and over, I still don’t cast them aside because every other track on this EP makes up for the poor choice of redundancy. Four stars out of?
–Gabe Rock (Copper Lung)