LGL Records Presents
the Hate, Joy Subtraction
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Radkey is a band made up of three teenage brothers Darrion, Isaiah, and Solomon. The music they play is undeniably rock, which they like to play hard, loud and often. Their influences range from The Who to Nirvana and so many in between. They were invited to play last years Afro-Punk Festival in Brooklyn, NY.
Radkey has played with several national acts including the legendary band Fishbone. Be sure to checkout Radkey when they hit your city and support them in their fight to end false rock.
The Hate is the empowered musical voice of a youth culture that is seeking a new rebellion. The music is loud, honest, and abrasive. The stories expel off their tongues with conviction and truth. The Hate is an earnest cry for those seeking more and their message is...
“We are the authors of the future. We are the architects of a time regarded as still to come. And we will rise like the sands of the desert. Rise like the waves of the ocean and the winds of the mountains and you will hear us. You will see us. You will feel our words in your bones, in your very soul. For We are the future. You are the future!
The subtraction of joy. It’s not a new concept—individuals and organizations have been engaging in it for as long as there have been individuals and organizations. Some notable practitioners include the U.S. Congress, girlfriends and wives, Mel Gibson, anyone who thinks Ayn Rand had good ideas, Jonathan Franzen, Nazis, Gwen Stefani, every chamber of commerce, and Ted Nugent. But there is an entity that has made the practice a fine art, elevated it to a level higher than Mount Olympus. Because it’s one thing to subtract joy—anyone can do that. But that is merely one tine of a forked tongue. That’s just nihilism. There’s no greater purpose being served. The trick is to subtract the joy of others while maximizing one’s own pleasure. That’s when Joy Subtraction can become art.
It didn’t start out that way. The band had noble intentions. “It began as a vehicle to transmit the plight of the oppressed, a sort of electric clarion call, if you will,” says one of the members. “But then my wife got this killer corporate gig as an attorney, so now we find that our interests often conflict with those of the oppressed. It’s really hard for us. On the one hand, you want to care, but, on the other, you don’t want to lose any money. So I’m still finding my artistic voice. This country has been so bad to so many people, but it’s been so good to me and my family that I’m tending to look the other way. We’ll see what shakes out.” Of course, what started as looking the other way inevitably became the active dismaying of those around him, and that ethos soon became the modus operandi of the entire band.
Regarding the music, Joy Subtraction sounds like whatever you hate; whatever makes you feel ugly and insecure; whatever garnishes your wages. Do you like Radiohead? Joy Subtraction sounds like the exact opposite of Radiohead. Do you hate Black Flag, Burning Brides, NoMeansNo, Future of the Left, and The Beatles? Good—because Joy Subtraction kind of sounds like all of those bands rolled into one. Except way better.
Regarding your feelings, ha ha ha ha ha. Do you want things to work out for humankind? Joy Subtraction is here to tell you they won’t. Do you like good times and great oldies? Joy Subtraction likes the day the music died. Do you think Jesus wants you to be rich and successful, white and thin? JS is here to tell you he doesn’t. He wants you to be killed and eaten by poor people.
Do you want math with your metal? Steam with your punk? Psycho with your billy? Stoner with your rock? Art with your house? Hip with your hop? Power with your pop? Alt with your country? Hard with your core? Shoe with your gazing? Well, piss off—you’ll get whatever gruel JS decides to sling your way. Lap it up, lapdog.
Do you think glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity? Of course you don’t—you’re American. Well, so is Joy Subtraction. That and greed are the only things you both have in common. But it’s enough, isn’t it? So break out your mom’s wallet and buy their music. Do it for capitalism. Do it for American especialism. Do it before your mom loses her job. Do it before we all go up in flames. Because, as Joy Subtraction will be the first to tell you, the firestorm’s coming. It’s on its way now. Feel the heat? You will.
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