By Gary Susalis

COMIC BOOKS. BOREDOM. ROCK N ROLL. VIDEO GAMES. MISFITS. RAMONES. WEEZER. THE MIDDLE OF AMERICA. THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. NIRVANA. PIZZA. DAD’S RECORD COLLECTION. SKATEBOARDS. AFROPUNK. MORE PIZZA.

A QUEST TO END FALSE ROCK.

That, in a nutshell, is Radkey. Def: Rad-Key. As in: “The Key to Rad-Ness”.

Like any great rock band, the gas in Radkey’s tank has been a will to rock on their terms. As pre-teens growing up in the Nowheresville of Saint Joseph, Missouri, they enrolled in rock n roll high school as their ticket out. With music-obsessed dad-and-former Wal-Mart employee, Matt Radke as road manager, the brothers played their first show opening for Fishbone in 2011 and haven’t looked back since.

1. Sibling bands are nothing new, but every backstory is… How did you guys initially get into music and how did you end up deciding to form a band together?
Dad brought home School of Rock when it came out on DVD, and it had a ton of awesome rock bands in it, and it really made us wanna start playing music. That’s one of the things that got us to dig really deep into our dad’s music collection.

2. Typically every band has a natural leader, who is the alpha member of the band?
We don’t have one actually. Each of us bring an in invaluable skill to the band and the songwriting to where the whole thing would fall apart if just one member left. And that’s great because then everyone feels important and you don’t have band destroying pissing contests. There are so many times where a song is cool, but then becomes everything that it is and more, once one other member adds that one small flavor to it that takes it over the top.

3. I saw you for the first time in Las Vegas during the RadioContraband Convention. Needless to day I was extremely impressed. Sonically you share a lot with the Misfits. Is it safe to say they had a major influence on Radkey?
They didn’t actually, which is kinda funny. We were more influenced by bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Weezer, Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Ramones. We knew of Danzig’s solo stuff but Misfits came fairly late into life. A bit after we got compared to them so much actually.

4. While on the road, is it comforting to be surrounded by family or does it get a bit claustrophobic?
It’s definitely easy to tour with family. We can’t really picture doing it any other way actually. This has been a pretty sweet process so far.

5. What are 3 of your favorite moments as a band thus far?
Playing with Offspring was a dream come true for us. As well as opening for Local H and playing our first headlining show at Double Door in Chicago!

6. If you could build your ultimate tour, which 3 bands would you love to be on the road with and why?
Probably something like Led Zeppelin, Weezer and the Beatles or something. That’d be a really sweet lineup to hear every night.

7. What’s next for the band?
We’re currently working on our new record, so pretty much finishing that and touring a ton.

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