Gold Coast Punk’s Radolescent Get Rowdy!
“Simple, skuzzy rock with a don’t give a toss attitude.”
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By Caz Michalak
When they aren’t smashing down cones or skating up a storm, Gold Coast lords Radolescent are bashing out fierce and fiery punk rock anthems that outright demand you scream along. Following the scuzzy riffs and sleazy hooks of Drug Fiend, which landed back in September (get amongst the chaos here), the band’s latest single is The Ballad Of Lynn Howl, a tight and tempered ode to Saturday nights spent indulging in only the most excessive debauchery.
“The initial idea for the song came from back when we were younger,” muses vocalist, guitarist and deadset sick cunt Isaac Atkinson. “We liked to get fucked up a lot and party.”
Recorded at Queensland’s Blind Boy Studios and produced by Mark Duckworth and Brad Hoskings, then mixed and mastered by Dan Walker at Submarine Studios in New York, The Ballad Of Lynn Howl comes as our second taste of Radolescent’s debut full-length album, which is due for release in the first half of 2019. Currently untitled (the band are currently accepting suggestions, provided they’re as ridiculous and disturbing as possible), the album follows their acclaimed 2017 EP, Scrape Ya Plate.
WATCH: Radolescent’s The Ballad of Lynn Howl Clip
Accompanying the single is a viciously energetic film clip directed by Radolescent frontman Isaac Atkinson and Darcy Ward. The video throws Radolescent deep into the breakneck-paced limelight of a rough-necked punk bar – a scene they’re all too familiar with. To boot, it all came together in a much more lowkey fashion than Radolescent’s earlier, more story-driven works.
“We just really wanted to do a live shoot,” Atkinson explains of the video’s origin. “We wanted to show people that we actually do get into it when we’re up there onstage. We went in there, we drank beers and we went nuts!”
Although extremely fun (as the video suggests), bringing The Ballad Of Lynn Howl to life took a lot more hard work than the blokes had anticipated. “Pretending to play music is a lot more tiring than actually playing music,” Atkinson chuckles. “But it was cool because for the last few videos, we’d worked with about 30 to 50 people, so it was a lot easier just having it be the four of us and a photographer.”
Radolescent are set to launch The Ballad Of Lynn Howl with a massive hometown headliner on Saturday, December 15th at the recently opened Vinnie’s Dive Bar (which also happens to be where the music video was shot). Supported by local legends The Lonesomes and Perve Endings, punters can expect plenty of sick ‘n’ sweaty mosh pits, a year’s worth of frothy brews, and an unholy amount of good vibes. After all, the show isn’t just Radolescent’s last for 2018–it’s their hotly awaited homecoming celebration.
“We haven’t played the Gold Coast in, like … I don’t even know how long! We played here every second week for a good two years, but then we decided to spread our wings a bit and start playing the other major cities. So yeah, we’re all just itching to get in there!”