RADIOACTIVITY: Silent Kill: LP

Radioactivity has cracked the code. They have discovered the chemical formula for the perfect hook and leaked it in the Denton, Tex. water supply. Need proof? Check out the resumes of Jeff Burke, Mark Ryan, Daniel Fried, and Gregory Rutherford: Marked Men, Potential Johns, Mind Spiders, Bad Sports, and Video. Burke’s penchant for Carpal Tunnel-inducing down-picking and punk rock’n’roll is rawer than ever on “Battered,” “No Alarm,” and “Silent.” But there are some searing mid-tempo tunes as well (“No Connection” and “Where I Come From”) that slow the pace and demonstrate Burke’s vocal virtuosity. He’s one of few singers that can belt “I’m all out of love” and not sound sappy. I can’t help but think of ‘80s musical Shock Treatment’s “Denton, U.S.A.” when listening to Silent Kill: “Denton, Denton, you’ve got no pretension.” That’s just it. There’s nothing pretentious about Radioactivity. There’s no studio trickery or sleight of hand, just punk perfection.

 –Sean Arenas (Dirtnap, dirtnaprecs.com)