Undark and the Radium Girls
Dark Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mary Paultese USER (35 Reviews)
February 5th, 2012 | 4 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An imaginative, morbid, and perverse detailing of love and lust.

Throw away all of your preconceptions about modern hardcore. “It’s uniform; it’s stagnant” - you know this already. Every once in a while, however, a band who truly understands the importance of the “shock factor” will emerge. Undark and the Radium Girls (history lesson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium_Girls) are a punk band out of tiny Hull, Massachusetts who clearly do not concern themselves with any sort of genre limitations. Their six-song, seventeen minute EP, Dark Love is both appalling and furious, resulting in an outrageously fun production with endless replay value.

Imagine a really pissed-off Jello Biafra screaming about torturous, failed relationships for fifteen minutes, and you will have a pretty good indication of what to expect from Undark’s vocals. “I wish everything was as easy as being in love as a kid,” begins the EP, before it truly unravels into the twisted, poetic “love” story that it is. Frantic, chaotic instrumentation complete with bells, shakers, and other Gypsy-like percussion creates a an atmosphere similar to that of a fast-paced black and white horror film, leaving the listener on edge, but grinning, waiting for the killer to jump out at any minute.

As manic as Dark Love is, it still manages to be catchy and easy to digest; it is concise, with crisp production that allows every line and riff to jump out at the listener. Predominantly vocal sections are memorable, a including “Hey, hey!” chant in The City, and an especially graphic part of Violence that reads:

“We ripped and tore and tried to destroy each other entirely.
We gouged and hit and tried to destroy each other entirely.
We scratched and spit and tried to destroy each other entirely.”


Let’s face it: we cannot all relate to hostile and abusive relationships (probably a good thing), but that does not erase the fact that Dark Love is musical entertainment in its purest form. Through six heavy, upbeat, and exciting songs, Undark and the Radium Girls succeed in creating a completely original EP littered with poetry and stories of sex, violence, and regret. Dark Love is mindlessly fun in itself, but also injected with enough raw anger and emotion to give it substance and authenticity. Forget what you are expecting; immerse yourself in this horrifically enjoyable EP and you will be pleasantly surprised.



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pmmets07
February 5th 2012


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my friend showed me this yesterday and it's awesome.

free download: http://undarkandtheradiumgirls.bandcamp.com/album/dark-love

JohnFire
February 5th 2012


192 Comments


They are so awesome, it's insanely unfair and hard to believe that they're basically completely unknown. The guitars are so damn catchy and unique and the vocalist sounds like Greg Puciatio + Jello Biafra combined in one frantic maniac. Love the lyrics aswell. There have been countless songs about failing relationships but these do out a nice spin on it by their honesty - which is a keyword for the band as a whole. Somehow you can just hear if a band is completely honest about what they're doing, and since Lewd Acts' Black Eye Blues I haven't had that feeling until I started listening to Undark. Did you hear The First And Last Hardcore Band yet?

Oh and great review Wanted to write one for this since I joined but never felt I'd find the right words...

pmmets07
February 5th 2012


5875 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dood. i haven't listened to that yet, but i definitely will at some point. i honestly had a
hard time verbalizing some of what this made me feel as well, but whatever.

do you know anything about the current status of this band? are they still playing or what?

JohnFire
February 6th 2012


192 Comments


Well, I have no idea how active they are, but it seems like they're releasing something in March if that's supposed to be a cryptic message on their facebook

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=222685631150231&set=a.222685627816898.54839.206098479475613&type=1&ref=nf

I might still write that review. Wanted to structure it around the moment in Mad Men where they're looking at that picture and Ken Cosgrove says something like "maybe we're not supposed to understand what it means and just feel it".



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