Missouri's own Black hardcore trio split eardrums (in the best possible way) at SXSW weeks back, showcasing their latest EP, ‘Devil Fruit’

‘Romance Dawn’

“Romance Dawn” is Radkey’s rad new video (a standout track from their 2013 four-track Devil Fruit EP), a fitting finale for’s SXSW coverage—because we figured we’d go out with a bang. This teenaged trio from St. Joseph, Missouri loves Japanese anime, hates milk, and was inspired by Jack Black’s deranged, rock-n-roll loving evangelist-teacher from School of Rock. Black’s character got Dee (vox/guitar), Isaiah (bass) and Solomon (drums) all stoked to pick up their own instruments and go at it.


Any band who makes a song scolding their Black high school classmate for letting his White “friends” call him the N-word for fun (and names it “N.I.G.G.A. (Not Okay)”) is definitely a friend of this site. Fans of ’70s punk rockers The Ramones and the almighty Fishbone will especially dig their style. Peep the color-splashed graphic treatment for “Romance Dawn” and prepare yourself for a gentle trip to the Black Hardcore, at warp speed.—Sun Singleton

Follow Radkey at and on Twitter @radkey.

Sun Singleton is a Virginia-born singer/journalist based in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @sunsing.

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