The Rad - Fake It Til You Make It
Record Label: None
Release Date: June 23, 2009
Summer. The use of this word usually evokes memories of kids running through sprinklers, camping in the mountains, and excessively hot weather. It is also the season for good pop-punk, and that is exactly what The Rad produces on their debut EP, Fake It Til You Make It.
The cleverly titled “Minor Chords Are So 2003” kicks off with a good, hooking intro and continues with pleasant vocals and a catchy chorus. The only major flaw of this track are the lyrics, which border on average at best. The song is immediately followed by “I Want You and I Always Get What I Want.” This song, though bouncy, fun, and catchy, comes across as overall fairly average. “Beat It (Or I Will),” is, on a technical level, the best song of the disc. Marked by great drumming and crunchy riffs, this song marks a great, much-needed break from the first half of this album. The next song, “Surrender, Surrender!!,” is a return-to-form for the band after a different track. This song is catchy as hell and features synths (!). After this song comes the final track, “Ha, So This Is Gluttony.” This song is easily the best out on this short, little effort. It is a slowed down mid-tempo song with a sweet guitar line, a great chorus, and amazing harmonies. However, the song’s atmosphere is slightly killed by an annoying outro, which leaves a bitter taste in the listener’s mouth (ears?).
Overall, this is a great effort from The Rad. The Fake It Til You Make It EP is filled with fun, bouncy hooks. Though the effort is far from perfect (lyrical issues and annoying bits and pieces are scattered throughout most of the tracks), it will certainly make a splash in the pop-punk scene. Personally, I cannot wait for this band’s next effort and cannot wait until they come to tour in my neighborhood.