Radio 4 - State Of Alert ( City Slang 15/11/04) - Single Review
Radio 4; State Of Alert ( City Slang 15/11/04)
New York garage dance/punk is the official categories that this poignant, piercing and funky quintet has been slotted into by critics and fans alike. With their passion and forcible views Radio 4 coat political anger with infectious beats and bouncy enthusiasm, as they bring life to the party and thoughts to the mind. 'State Of Alert' featuring pulsing percussion and Anthony Roman's gritty and forceful vocals, leads the protest against the authorities that prey on the uncertainty of society and indoctrinate it:
"There's reason to be uncertain there's reason to see the end.
They got you holding on, holdin on again"
Two live numbers recorded in their home city complement this offering. The raw and cutting 'Pipe Bombs' is a slightly slower and punkier number, with Roman's vocals straining to produce the Joe Strummer feel. There is a return to the dance/punk feel that The Rapture and Radio 4 have made popular between them in ‘Struggle’, as they urge people to find their fighting spirit and decisiveness in this ever apathetic world of ours.