Radio Cult – Radio Cult vs. Mecha-Radio Cult! (2013)
Radio Cult vs. Mecha-Radio Cult
Genterine Records, 2013
Another fun release from one of Atlanta’s premiere party bands, Radio Cult vs. Mecha-Radio Cult features three originals and two cover songs. The covers, “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes and “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles, are fairly straightforward send-ups of the original (though it is interesting to hear “Seven Nation Army” sung by a female rather than Jack White). The originals are where Radio Cult becomes especially fun. “Jet Black Heart” is a standard mid-tempo rocker sung by Bambi Lynn, a throwback to an early-80s Joan Jett. Bassist Ricky Zero takes the mic on “Man Made Monster” and spins the tale of Frankenstein in horror punk fashion. “Saturday Midnight Double Feature Comes Alive!” is a live recording of the song that originally appears on Never Enough. As with that album, my favorite songs on this EP are the horror-themed tunes, but it’s a fun record from beginning to end.
The album art by Peter Cuttler is fascinating as well, as Bambi Lynn is made into a comic book character to fight against a mechanical Bambi Lynn while Ricky Zero watches from a window in a nearby building. Who hasn’t wanted to become a comic book superhero? Not only are the songs fun to listen to, the cover makes it fun coming up with a story to describe what’s going on.
1. Jet Black Heart
2. Seven Nation Army
3. Man Made Monster
4. Walk Like An Egyptian
5. Saturday Midnight Double Feature Comes Alive!