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""I'm So Sick of the 21st Century" Forkcast on Pitchfork"

"Take a listen to the rootsy swagger of first single 'I'm So Sick of the 21st Century'." - Pitchfork Media

"Tripwire Album Feature"

"They’re barely legal, but Radical Sons are no garage band rookie-hopefuls. The Midwestern foursome’s sound could be mistaken as an early Strokes b-side, with the raw guitar and drums, mixed with the obvious Velvet Underground-inspired vocal tones...The band’s sound is already full, yet it still leaves room for maturation with time." - The Tripwire

"Riverfront Times Album Review"

"On "I'm So Sick of the 21st Century," singer Ben Goldstein snarls, "I'm feeling nostalgic for things I've never known." But that feeling of rock & roll belatedness never becomes an existential crisis on the band's debut EP, Throwing Knives. The Radical Sons understands the promise of rock music: You can make it any way you want to, even if your young heart's desire sends you back to the Velvet Underground, the Replacements and the power-punk of the Jam. The band is making its own way through fragmented guitar lines, a jab-and-dart rhythm section, and withering social and self-critique." - Riverfront Times

"Lodown Magazine"

"You would have to dig deep into the musical catalogue of recent years to find a young band displaying such obvious talent as casually and coolly as these kids…they will take over your stereo for weeks to come." - Lodown Magazine Issue #63

"Riverfront Times - Best Garage Band in St. Louis (2009)"

“[Radical Sons] sound as loose as a 1979 CBGB soundcheck, bruised as skateboard punks kicked off the plaza. Radical Sons sound as promising and urgent as the young rock & rollers we can only hope they'll always remain.” - Riverfront Times


“It’s great doing-bad-things-in-the- summertime music.” - RCRDLBL.com


Throwing Knives EP (St. Ives Records) July 7th, 2009



Bummed out by the meathead Midwestern emo kids and aging hippie wannabies they found themselves surrounded by, St. Louis teens Nick Risler and Benjamin Goldstein became fast friends. Cutting class to hang out and skateboard in the Delmar Loop. Playing old Television and Velvet Underground records after school on their local underground radio station. You could call it their own quiet rebellion. But like so many of these stories go, it wasn’t long before the call to crank the volume overtook them. So Risler and Goldstein dutifully answered, picking up a couple guitars and enlisting a rhythm section to bring Radical Sons to life.

The boys got their feet wet opening for critically acclaimed bands like The Strokes side project Little Joy, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, & Be Your Own Pet. In the summer of 2009, St. Ives, a subsidiary label of Secretly Canadian/Jagjaguwar records, released the band's debut Throwing Knives EP. Only a few weeks after finishing high school The Sons embarked on their first major tour promoting the EP. The band trekked from their native midwest up the east coast, playing with hotly tipped bands such as GIRLS and Jeff the Brotherhood along the way.

The Radical Sons have recently garnered attention from media outlets such as Pitchfork and The Tripwire, as well as been awarded the title of Best Garage Rock Band in St. Louis for 2009 by the Riverfront Times newspaper.

The Radical Sons are currently writing & recording new material in Brooklyn, New York.