Radkey consists of three home-schooled brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri. Isaiah Radke (bass), Solomon Radke (drums), and Dee Radke (lead vocals and guitar), formed their family-titled band in 2010, and played their first show in 2011 when they opened for Fishbone. With their dad, Matt Radke, as their manager, they have since played with the likes of Titus Andronicus and performed at festivals like SXSW, Riot Fest, Afropunk and the U.K.'s Download Festival. They have released two EPs since their inception: 2012's Cat & Mouse with Adrian Grenier's Wreckroom Records and 2013's Devil Fruit on Little Man Records. The band worked with Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, Drenge) to release their latest single, "Feed My Brain" and the team is currently working on their debut LP.
History & Performances
Radkey's first chance to play Afropunk Fest in 2011 was cancelled to due to Hurricane Irene. The band would then return to Brooklyn to play Afropunk in 2012.
September 25, 2012 the trio tracked the single and video, Cat & Mouse, for Wreckroom Records.
The band had their first Daytrotter session January 30, 2013.
Radkey's performances at SXSW 2012 attracts the attention of NY Times reporter Jim McKinley.
On April 18, 2013, Radkey releases Spirals & N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay) on Replay Records single 7"
Following SXSW 2013, radio producer for Zane Lowe introduces the music to Zane's program; Zane Lowe debuts two tracks - Spirals and Cat & Mouse on his show May 2, 2013.
June 4, 2013 Radkey releases Cat & Mouse EP on Wreckroom Records.
Radkey was invited to play at Download Festival in the UK - Summer 2013.
While in Europe the band attracted critical press with NME, both in print and online.
Radkey then went onto record there second EP, Devil Fruit,with Joel Nanos at Element Studios Kansas City, Missouri. The EP is mixed by Rory Attwell (Palma Violets, The Vaccines).
The band then hits the road for their US tour in support of NAAM.
September 24, 2013 radkey's video, Romance Dawn, debuts on NME. Directed by Shaun Hamontree (MK12 design crew, video for Common 'Go', Jack White & Alicia Keys 'Another Way to Die', Title design for Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner and Stranger than Fiction)
October 1, 2013 the band appeared on Jools Holland to perform Out Here in My Head.
The trio continued touring in late 2013 in support of Drenge, Black Joe Lewis and Red Fang
Following their tour, the band recorded their latest single, Feed My Brain, and the track, Digging the Grave, with Justin Mantooth at Westend Studio, KC, MO - mixed by Ross Orton.
In early 2014 Radkey was featured in a print edition of NME.