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by the Radio Knives

If you like the primal sounds of '60s garage bands like the Kinks, the Troggs, or the Animals, you're gonna love the Radio Knives.
Genre: Rock: Detroit Rock
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1. Don't Let Me Go
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2. Red, Red Rage
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3. Bad Feelin'
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4. Cursed!
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5. Angel Dust
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6. It's Alright
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7. Diggin' Out
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8. Your Rock & Roll
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9. Son of a Gun
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10. Takin' Over
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11. You're So Hip
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Album Notes
Consider yourself CURSED!

With a sound lodged somewhere between the early Kinks dirty little pop gems and the greasy Detroit rock sound of the mid-to-late '70s - brothers and sisters, we are proud to present: the Radio Knives! Cursed is a collection of sinister pop songs that will get you back on your feet and pressed firmly against the stage for the sweatiest show in town. The Radio Knives' sound and explosive live show set stages on fire through out the East Coast for just under a year before the band decided to jump in the studio with one of garage rock's hottest new producers, Jack Younger (the Coffin Lids, the Turpentine Brothers, the Konks). The band's debut, Cursed, finds the Radio Knives lobbing gritty guitar riffs, rolling organ washes, and enough hand claps to make the MC5 jealous through your hi-fi stereo speakers - and you aren't going to mind a bit!

These songs are about loss and the loss that loss brings. These songs are the soundtrack to failure. These songs are sinister garage pop at its finest. So, pack your bags and kiss the cat goodbye, the Radio Knives are gonna cut you a new one!

For fans of early Kinks, the Mooney Suzuki, MC5, the Stooges, the Pattern, Gasoline...


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Brian Mosher of BMO's World

"...this cd is destined to find a spot in my 'Best of 2006' list."
The debut full-length CD from Boston garage-punks the Radio Knives is one dynamite piece of rock 'n' roll. If you're a fan of any of the Swedish garage bands (Turbonegro, Locomotions, Heartattacks) or any of the multitude of current Boston garage bands (Tampoffs, Coffin Lids, Turpentine Brothers), then you'll surely love the rough-around-the-edges ferocity of the Radio Knives. Live the're a three-piece (at least when I saw them - guitar, bass, drums), but on the CD, they supplement with some tasty organ from the Lyres' school of retro-psych-garage. Lyrically, they're not breaking any ground - but they are fairly witty and playful. I like this band a lot, and this CD is destined to find a spot in my 'Best of 2006' list. -Brian Mosher of BMO's World -

Charles McEnerny, Well-Rounded Radio

These are guys who love the late-'60s Detroit and mid-'80s Australian rock sound
The thing that first struck me about Radio Knives is how their love of a production sound could influence everything they do. These are guys who love the late 60's Detroit and mid 80's Australian rock sound, but have completely made it their own. Granted, this is a recording, but you feel like you're sitting in the midst of their practice space as you listen to this.

Their first CD, Cursed, was released earlier this year and although the playing is tight and refined, the production still feels as raw and unpolished as it needs to be. Fans of the MC5, the Stooges, Radio Birdman, and Mooney Suzuki will find a lot to like about Radio Knives...

Kevin Finn

The Radio Knives’ raucous 3-minute ditties simply work better than most.
11-song CD
It seems like I review a version of this album at least once every other month or so, and it usually doesn’t offer me very much. The Radio Knives, though, are quite good. When seemingly every band in town is doing the punchy garage rock thing, standing out can prove to be quite difficult. But The Radio Knives’ raucous, raspy three-minute ditties simply work better than most. There are touches of AC/DC and The Stooges that give the proceedings a little oomph, and the organ/keyboards provide some appreciated color. Just when things start to get tedious toward the end of the disc, the band hits you with “Son of a Gun”, which slows things down, kind of makes you think of “House of the Rising Sun” and gets you back in the mood for the revved-up numbers that finish things off. The brain knows there’s nothing overly noteworthy going on here, but the hips and the feet still have a blast. (Kevin Finn)

Boston Phoenix - by Sarah Tomlinson

After playing around Boston for 2 years, the Radio Knives release CURSED.
After banging around the Boston area for two years, and changing their name from TV Eye at the insistence of Iggy and the Stooges, local garage-punk band the RADIO KNIVES are self-releasing their debut album, Cursed. The band, featuring former Downbeat 5 drummer Dan McCarthy, recorded the release at Basement 247 in Allston with Jack Younger (producer to the COFFIN LIDS and the KONKS), who "took a few sonic experiments on the record that are pretty weird and interesting," according to McCarthy. Check it out at, or when they play January 13 at Bill's Bar with HARRIS and THE WORLD'S GREATEST SINNERS....

Michael Toland

The Radio Knives have a song in their heart and rocket fuel in their veins...
The Radio Knives - Cursed
The Radio Knives’ rough power pop grabs melodies by the throat, shoves hooks in their eyeballs, and rams choruses up where the sun don’t shine. For a band that wants us to sing along, the trio takes no prisoners, bashing out pop nuggests like “Angel Dust,” “Your Rock & Roll,” and the explicitly '60s vibed “It’s Alright” like the guys never want to leave the garage. Even the psych-tinged ballad “Son of a Gun” sounds more like something teeth-gnashers the Fuzztones would do rather than the Kinks. There’s a song in the hearts of the Radio Knives, but there’s rocket fuel in their veins. -Michael Toland

Abrow Nzebra

twas kpol
this cd is really kool and it should be selling for alot more than 9.95 or whatever the price is. i listened to it. it was music.

Mark Deming, All Music Guide

[These] songs get to the point and hit hard...
The Radio Knives are a bunch of frantic noisemakers
from Boston who used to be called TV Eye, and while
you don't for a second doubt that these guys love the
Stooges (as the old name would suggest), they tend to
sound more like other bands who love the Stooges --
most notably Radio Birdman or the Dictators, only with
less hard rock and more garage-punk folded into the
mixture. But they do share the Stooges' innate
understanding of what makes for good rock & roll --
lots of raunchy guitar, big drums, a vocalist with
plenty of snarl and attitude, and songs that get to
the point and hit it hard. Cursed, the debut album
from the Radio Knives, has all these attributes in
plentiful supply, and guitarist/singer Stephen Fay,
bassist/singer Alan A. Levesque, and exiled drummer
Daniel J. McCarthy don't let the energy flag for a
moment during the disc's 37-minute duration. While
these guys don't exactly reinvent the wheel (you've
got a lot of tunes about bad girls, bad attitude, and
partying in the hearty manner), the songs strut the
traditional stuff with high style and plenty of sweat,
and "Son of a Gun" is a pleasant surprise, sort of a
moody rock variation on Steve Earle's "The Devil's
Right Hand." If you're one of those people who thinks
rock is dead, the Radio Knives will reveal the body
still has plenty of life left in it with a few spins
of Cursed. -Mark Deming, All Music Guide


Great there is no other word for it!
i love this CD it's amazing the music is unlike any other band I've heard before