Reviews Various Artists Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7"

Various Artists

Radon/Worthwhile Way - split 7"

Radon has never really done a lot for me. The melodies are nice but it really never strikes a chord one way or the other. In “Headaches and Bullshit,” it’s 2:29 of their traditional sound, melodic and emotional, delivered via Dave Rohm’s Greg Attonito-styled (Bouncing Souls) vocals over melodic hardcore with an emphasis on the melodic. It does feature a phrase Kurt Vonnegut made me fall in love with (“Take a flying fuck at a rolling donut”) so there’s that. It’s a nice emotional punk slab, that’s more or less exactly what I expect of the band.

On the flipside, it’s Japanese trio Worthwhile Way who bring the singalong pep-punk of “After the Rain Comes Sunshine,” which is also pretty on the spot to this band’s catalogue. It’s in tune with WW’s style guide, semi-singalong hoppy punk with a sincere brightness. In this track there’s a building crescendo at the 3:00 mark that gives a wallop before the closing harmonica, a new flourish, to bring the almost four-minute bounce-fest to its end.

Overall this 7” is exactly what fans should expect: two takeaway numbers that fit each band’s style to a T. It will accurately introduce fans of one band to the other, but it neither song really rises above as a “best of” showcase either. Good for the fans, good overall, but it doesn’t jump from the speakers with that definitive A-side I seek in of a 7”. Where it does deliver is that neither of these bands are particularly active when it comes to new US available releases, which bumps up the interest a little more, though I’d still rather just put on a long player by either of them.

7.3 / 10Loren
Advertisement
Radio K 2
Leave a comment

7.3 / 10

7.3 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
Radio K 2
More by Various Artists

Various Artists

Starkweather/Concealment - Split

8.7 / 10 Various Artists -  Starkweather/Concealment - Split album cover

After seven patient years Starkweather releases their third split Divided by Zero with Portugal’s Concealment. The two-song split cements itself with every listen as masterful. Like a vitamin, it’s not to be consumed on an ...

Various Artists

Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7”

8.5 / 10 Various Artists -  Say Sue Me / Otoboke Beaver Split 7” album cover
200 Words Or Less

Though the thought of pairing a shoegazey indie pop band with an anything-goes punk group on a split record may seem odd, in the case of this effort from South ...

Various Artists

ESC Life / Remedy - split EP

9.0 / 10 Various Artists - ESC Life / Remedy - split EP album cover

This is a sweet and short three track 7’’ released by two befriended bands. This EP had me interested when I saw ESC Life was on it. I was looking ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.