Tonight on Under the Radar with John Todd, local blues-punk band Red Kate storms the studios ahead of their album launch on Friday at Davey’s Uptown. John’s pleased to welcome band member L. Ron Drunkard (KKFI’s Heartland Labor Forum‘s own Shawn Saving!), plus the rest of the lot to chat about their first full-length album in the band’s 6-year career. Tune in for what promises to be a memorable few hours of radio!
About the band:
Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, Red Kate has been pounding the pavement in the name of high octane rock and roll since 2007. When the Troubles Come is the band’s first full-length album and first on Lawrence, KS based Replay Records. The LP contains eleven honest, high-energy punk rock and roll numbers handcrafted in hi-fidelity sound to carry you through the work week and into the weekend.
With engineer Duane Trower of Kansas City’s own Weights and Measures Soundlab at the controls, the band made every attempt to capture the raw power and grit of their live show while adding an extra spark with guest performances from two members of Kansas City R&B garage rockers, The Quivers – organist and pianist Todd Grantham and vocalist Terra Peal.
Pressed on red vinyl with cover art by midwestern muralist and populist agitator, Dave Loewenstein, and hand printed locally by La Cucaracha Press, When the Troubles Come blurs the line between a fine piece of art and a rock and roll record. And like any good rock and roll record, it’s meant to be played LOUD and at 331⁄3 RPM!
Formed out of the remnants of such regional and national acts as Truck Stop Love, Wayback Machine, Squadcar, and the River City Revelator’s, Red Kate’s experience has helped them persevere in an industry that can love you one minute and spit you out the next. Sonically, the band tips a cap to the beer soaked barroom floors of the short lived early 70’s British Pub-Rock scene and the modern blues-punk sounds that have since taken root in the Midwest’s dive bars and basements. Hard working both on and off the stage, the band’s locale has lent its perspective in sound, lyric, and work ethic. Straight off the factory line, Red Kate hearkens back to a time when musicians played hard, stayed up late, and carried a union card.