Electric Radio Kings is the new group featuring Stacey Blades, Johnny Rude, Paul Christiana, Del Cheetah, and Keith Horne. The group’s debut EP, Lights Fantastic, is schedule for release on December 8 at a release party at Count’s Vamp’d out here in Las Vegas.

With an all-star quintet of musicians, Electric Radio Kings’ debut EP has been eagerly awaited by many fans of these artists. Guitarist Blades is known to many classic hard rock fans for his previous roles in a number of national bands, while drummer Johnny Rude has long been a staple of the Vegas scene. How does this group of talented artists fare with Lights Fantastic?

 

 

The real place that Lights Fantastic succeeds is that these tracks are not trying to be overly retro or to feel like 80s throwbacks. From 90s/modern/hard/alternative rock sounds to power pop, there is a strong variety to the music here in the relatively short five-track duration, yet the cuts still work as a coherent whole, which is sure to impress listeners when the EP gets released.

The chemistry between the band members is noticeable on every track; you can tell these guys love making music together, and are passionate about their project. The vocals from Christiana are a definite highlight; his vocal style would not be out of place in one of the 90s top alternative rock bands, or something more modern. Blades shines on the guitar as he always does. The EP also features work from drummer Troy Patrick Farrell and bassist Darren Harkema on select tracks, and their contributions are solid as well.

 

 

Despite Lights Fantastic’s brief five-song run time, all of these tracks are fantastic. “Grabbing at a Distant Star” sounds like a song that could have been a hit for the Foo Fighters. The surprise cover of Stone Temple Pilots’ “Huckleberry Crumble” stands as a highlight; with the lower key production and a rawer sound, I may even prefer this over the original! And the quintet even offers a surprisingly heartfelt rock ballad in the form of “Kid Superstar.”

Lights Fantastic ends up being a surprisingly strong debut from this new musical quintet, and this rock and roll fan hopes that the group will be around for a while. If you are in or will be visiting Las Vegas on December 8, be sure to attend the release party at Vamp’d and pick up a copy!

Needless to say, a highly recommended release.

By Taylor Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

One thought on “Electric Radio Kings Have Arrived With Their Debut EP, Lights Fantastic!”
  1. It is great to see our friend Johnny Rude kicking it with his boys, for sure we will be there to support. One love and good read Taylor. #drivelv #EatDrinkRock

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