Vox E Tenebris
(Defeat the Squares)
“Like a missing track from the Empire Records soundtrack”
Radio Fallout is a three-piece rock band from Austin Texas who sounds much like most 3-piece rock bands from Austin (read: catchy melodic rock songs with depressing lyrics). If it were 1997 this band would be poised to hit the top of the charts, clocking in somewhere between The Wallflowers and Harvey Danger. Unfortunately, the Clear Channel market has dropped a little bit so at times Vox E Tenebris sounds a tad dated. This would lead one to believe that maybe the name ‘Radio Fallout’ is meant to be ironic in some capacity, but I’m not sure it is.
Track 3 (“Falling In”) would make for a good lead single, the label would probably push for “Summer Sun” to be single number two, and “I Want To Be Alright” might actually be the missing track from the Empire Records soundtrack. The question is, has enough time passed to make this record ‘retro’ in some respect? Not sure about the age of the three ‘fallouts’ but maybe this is all an experiment in nostalgia. At the end of the day, Vox E Tenebris is much like the albums that it most directly draws its influences from; Radio Fallout is catchy, well produced, and (at one point in time) radio-ready. This is a band to watch if you owned The Refreshments’ Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy in ’96. Real talk.
Recorded and Mixed by Evan Kleinecke at 5th Street Studios, Austin
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin