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With a killer driving groove, New York Soul Rebels ‘The Rad Trads’ truly show how tight they are as an ensemble while having fun at the same time.
With a sound you will not hear anywhere else, The Rad Trads are a live act you should never miss if they are in your city
The Rad Trads have the insouciant charm of the pre-invasion Beatles, if the Beatles had been led by Dr. John and sung about hungover mornings instead of Hard Days’ Nights.
—Cascade Blues Association
Currently touring in anticipation of their second full-length album On Tap, New York City’s the Rad Trads are winning over audiences, gaining loyal fans, and defying classification. They’ve been described as “Wilco at the Circus,” “The Band meets Miles Davis,” and “the greatest band you’ve never heard of.” Few can pin down their unique blend of indie rock, Americana, and soul, but everyone agrees, “it’s a damn good time!”
Most commonly, fans observe that they have never seen a band with five distinct lead vocalists. But it wasn’t long ago that many members of the Rad Trads hadn’t sung a note. As dedicated instrumentalists they moved to New York City from Portland, Chicago, and Maryland to go to conservatory and cut their teeth with the best musicians in the city. When they met in Greenwich Village it was their love of a good party, not the confines of a practice room, that connected them—naturally, the party would soon move from the dorm room to the stage. With each show the music grew, the repertoire evolved, and each member decided it was their time to step up to the microphone and sing. Soon they developed a sound that was uniquely their own: a driving horn section, five lead vocalists, and an infectious punk-rock energy that quickly made them one of the city’s most buzzed-about live acts.
With their first EP Self Help, the Rad Trads explored the traditional blues forms of their beer hall roots and penned their first original songs. Following up with the full-length album Must We Call Them Rad Trads?, the band came into their own as songwriters and incorporated elements of folk rock into their brass-heavy sound. Their newest release, On Tap, explodes into a completely new territory. Walls of horns and psychedelic guitars meld with lush acoustic arrangements, laying an intricate foundation for songs that are funny, challenging, and well crafted.