Cooking up their sound from a pot of influence including the likes of Nirvana, The Vines and Silverchair, Radicals are rising up with a fresh grunge sound, and a powerful story to tell. Their latest single, ‘I Hate Myself’, asserts the band as not only a powerful musical force, but provides them with the role of musical storytellers, sharing their often relatable experiences through this universal platform.
This track in particular takes a cathartic and more vulnerable approach to their performance than usual, but of course, builds up to an all powerful display towards the final section of the song, following the pattern of this intensifying self-hatred and judgement. Perhaps focal to this track are the vocals; ones of which are nostalgic, bringing an essence of the past into something new. Truly, this brings a sense of comfort which allows the audience to connect with a song as important as this one, and confide in its message. Uncovering the struggles of anxiety, depression, self-doubt and more, this track becomes not only a comforting shoulder, but a hopeful guide through the tribulations of life.
“It’s about really not being happy with yourself, whether it be your actions, the way you look or the way you feel, and sometimes not even knowing why you feel this way. I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to at some point in their lives. The song tackles depression, anxiety, body dysmorphia, literally anything that makes you doubt or feel bad about yourself. But as with most things there is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to hang in there to see it. I guess if there’s one thing to take away from this song, it’s that ‘It’s okay not to be okay sometimes’.” explains Brandon Wade
Through their single ‘I Hate Myself’, Radicals have equipped themselves with new angles, approaches and astounding feats of storytelling that strengthen their case as one of Australia’s most exciting up-and-coming acts. ‘I Hate Myself’ shows a duality that is promising for their future, and shows that Radicals are not only here to perform, but here to connect!