Midwestern rockers Red City Radio are set to release their latest project, “SkyTigers” next month, but fans and newcomers alike can now stream the new extended play.
The fifth studio release from the Oklahoma City punks, the record is a piece of pure heartland rock and roll filled with stories that remind us that the Midwest is a lot more than than just the “flyover states.”
Powerful choruses filled with background vocals and punchy verses send the mind to far off — yet very familiar — scenes, painted with crunchy guitars and a punchy back beat as American as apple pie.
As a whole, the record reflects a period of transformation, culminating in a positively driven desire to improve.
In its final moments, the listener hears an excerpt from Chalie Chaplian’s “The Great Dictator.”
“Let us fight to free the world — to do away with national barriers — to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance,” Chaplain says, accompanied by the group’s rhythmic drive forward. “Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite.”
This crew of punk rockers may have grown up citing classic cinema, but their energy reflects that of a group of 17-year-olds aching to share their most vulnerable thoughts at the top of their lungs.
What is lost in youth is gained in control and thoughtful presentation.
“The message with SkyTigers is a message of acceptance and love,” says Garrett Dale, the group’s songwriter and vocalist. “Accepting control over your own universe and taking a stand against hate, fear, and confusion… We hope that these songs make our listeners feel like there is someone who feels the same as them. Because there is.”
They certainly do.
The record’s opening track, “If You Want Blood (Be My Guest)” leads an overarching context of life in working America with a letter to a lost companion, about a conflict still very much in the mind of the protagonist.
“I’ll Still Be Around” builds on the blue-collar landscape, and perhaps a love letter to the sometimes overlooked bars and venues Red City Radio calls home.
“In The Shadows” shares a tale of confrontation with one’s less than a picture perfect self.
“Rebels” offers a reminder that we are not always as cool as we think.
“SkyTigers,” the record’s final hurrah, combines themes of its preceding tracks in an optimistic climax.
“To be the absolute best version of yourself that you can be,” Garrett says. “That’s what being a SkyTiger is. To be great and do great. Because you are great.”
Red City Radio was formed in 2007 in the Sooner State. They had their big break in 2015, when they released their self-titled album with the newly-formed Vagrant/BMG imprint, Staple Records.
But two months after the album’s release, the label was closed, the band hit the road and toured in support of New Found Glory, Strung Out, Less Than Jake and Anti-Flag.
“I can’t say we have ever considered throwing in the towel, but we have always felt like an underdog,” basist Jason Knight said.
Now the group is winding its way through the United States and Canada in support of the new release.
To stream “SkyTigers” and learn more about these heartland balladeers, visit https://www.redcityradio.net/