After tapping my fingers and waiting in front of my computer for my pre-order to become available on iTunes, I nearly jumped out of my bed and woke my roommate with my screaming. The only plus side to living on the west coast, beside the absence of frosty car windows in the morning at this time of year, is that while it’s midnight on the east coast, it’s still early here. So what if we miss every single television show and every plot twist gets spoiled on Twitter before we even get a chance to watch the open credits…We get the Go Radio album without waiting until the wee hours of the morning to listen to it! As of this point, Go Radio’s eight bonus tracks have been played over two-hundred and ten times on my iTunes alone—not counting the iPhone plays or the times they’ve been repeated in my head. That might just be my personal affinity for Go Radio showing through though. Now let’s get down to brass tacks.
‘Ready or Not,’ the first of the bonus tracks on Lucky Street (Deluxe Edition), is a polished rock track with carefully structured layers and specific elements adding to the overall sound of the finished piece. The track is probably the most structured of the bonus features next to the ‘Rolling In The Deep’ cover, and the peppier ‘Worth All The While’ but in no way is that a bad thing. ‘Ready or Not’ feeds any thirst for a louder, head-nod worthy, guitar and drum backed sound. As always, the opening track always offers a sample of universally relatable lyrics to come.
Contrasting the stentorian bonus opener is an almost conversational ‘Stay Gone.’ Close your eyes and it sounds like an intimate Go Radio concert—a noisy little cafe, a wooden stool on a landing in the corner, an acoustic guitar and heartfelt lyrics echoing above the chatter. The song offers a nice change of pace from the emotionless, auto tuned, meaningless fodder that often fills the top charts but falls into the same realm as fan favorite ‘Goodnight Moon,’ which also makes an appearance as a bonus, heartwrenching acoustic track. It’s more than obvious Go Radio’s lyrics are a little more genuine and heartfelt than say LMFAO, no matter how much they may believe in the fact that they’re “sexy and they know it,” and it shows in all of their tracks.
The only thing that could possibly make those lyrics and masterful instrumental supports better would be Jason Lancaster’s raw vocals. The honesty of the lyrics really shine through with the raspy, raw, yet impeccably delivered vocals. Let’s not forget the vocal support, equally as fervent and sincere as the lead. The minimalism, no-frills approach to ‘Thanks For Nothing,’ ‘Any Other Heart’ and ‘Forever My Father’ make the meaningful lyrics the focal point. All we can say here at Stork Music is that we can’t wait for anything and everything else Go Radio to be released.
By the way, check out their newly released music video for ‘Goodnight Moon!’
Also this interview we did with Alex from Go Radio at Warped Tour this summer!
Or pictures from their set at Warped!