Friday, December 24, 2010

Get Rad Update - December 2010

hello everybody. i know theres pretty much no one reading this on myspace anymore, but oh well. anyway, hope all of you are doing well. get rad is enjoying our vacation from the band. while im figuring out how to be a dad, brad is blowing his life savings on new motorcycles, ben is writing riffs for breathe fire & kevin is slaving away at stay rad screenprinting.

while we are enjoying all of our free time, were all getting the itch to start getting rad again. we have a new practice space lined up and we plan on jamming again early in the new year. good thing because we have our first show back scheduled for mid-february! its going to be at the cactus club with hellmouth (ex-suicide machines) & explode and make up (ex-88 fingers louie). two bad ass bands that both happen to have records on underground communique! (

if all goes according to plan (which it rarely does) we should have a new record available at the show! its a brand new 5 song 7" called CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE. its being released by our friends at Halo of Flies & Perpetual Motion Machine. both are bad ass labels that have been thanklessly putting out records for years. check them out if youre not familiar with them. ( /

next up after that is our long delayed split 7" with SWEET COBRA. i think they have finished recording, so were just waiting on the amazing artwork to be finished up by putrid matt ( hope to see this record by early spring.

around that same time we will be releasing a cd of off our non-lp songs. 31 or 36 songs or something like that ranging from our newest records back to the thunder in your heart demo. this cd is a cooperative effort of several diy record labels from all over the globe. we have been talking about doing this cd for years, so im really excited that it is going to finally be available.

thats about all for now. hope you all have a merry christmas & a happy new year.

stay rad.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


i am so excited for this show. punch is my favorite current hardcore band & i have never seen them live. ive had my chances, but ive blown it twice for one reason or another. their debut lp is one of the few records that gets me pumped every single time i hear it. theyre playing an early show in chicago & then driving up to milwaukee for this one. its going to be hard and fast all night long, so dont be late!

Sunday August 15th 2010

PUNCH (ca)
SECTOR 7G (west bend)

@ the CCC
732 E Clarke St
Milwaukee WI 53212
All Ages 7pm $7

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Video from Strike Anywhere / Trash Talk / Get Rad @ Borg

Heres our full set from the Strike Anywhere show @ the Borg Ward on May 30th 2010.
Thanks to Jay (bullart) for filming & uploading it.

here are the sets from all the other bands as well.

Strike Anywhere -
Trash Talk -
Lowtalker -
Ritual Form -

Jay has a shitload of full sets up on vimeo. Check out his full profile here

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Next Local Show

Sunday May 30th 2010


@ the Borg Ward
823 W National Ave
Milwaukee, WI
6pm $10 All Ages

lowtalker are members of comeback kid & misery signals.
ritual form are ex-wholehearted & widower. this is their 1st show.
this show will probably sell out. dont be late.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Can Always Live Reviews - The Good, the Bad, the Funny.


Milwaukee’s GET RAD have a lengthy ex-member pedigree that spans the spectrum of punk and hardcore in every kind of direction. So it’s kind of it humbling that after all of the other music experience, the band members have focused on playing wickedly fast, old-school hardcore that could have come from straight from the shelves of Dischord’s earliest releases (and I’m not surprised to learn that the band has covered MINOR THREAT’s “Guilty of Being White” at their shows). GET RAD vocalist Kevin Herwig (former guitarist for SINCE BY MAN) has an agile voice that’s surprisingly similar to SICK OF IT ALL’s Lou Killer, but not as dependent on the rhythm section’s moves in terms of cadence. For the first eight songs (maybe 10 minutes long, in total), I Can Always Live is a tornado of surging guitars and blitzing percussion. The band just doesn’t slow down. A moment to catch your breath comes on the well-developed track “No Easy,” where a bass intro kicks things off and the song incrementally builds up into a molten shout-along. The whirlwind revs up again, only pausing occasionally for circle-pit inducing tempo jerks. The back to back tandem of “The Blame Game” and “Back Home” show off the band’s musical chops, which may be understated in the intentionally raw recording style. GET RAD drummer Ben Davison nails one fill after another with stunning speed and accuracy and he plays a big part in how the band molds its momentum, which is decidedly different than letting guitars chug to no end or run amok with a toolbox of dolphin squeals. After five years as a band and a steady stream of power-packing releases, I Can Always Live stands to be the band’s best shot at a hardcore breakout just yet… (jordan) link



There’s all these things I want to address with this record so where to begin? OK, for starters, the cover is “Thriller” as a stencil (a nicely done one at that) with the band’s logo skull instead of Michael Jackson’s head. Good start. I’m always a fan of fucking with people right off the bat. Musically, the band is called Get Rad. They better fucking deliver on a name like that. And, thankfully, they start off really good with some really fast and wild hardcore. Good. From there it slows down at times, which they probably should avoid. But I can see how a band doesn’t want to do the exact same thing from song to song. Their sound has little snippits of old Sick Of It All and Bane in parts, but usually just goes for the fast and loose approach and is generally made for stage dives and high fives without a care in the world. It’s fun stuff for sure and I can tell these kids are about having a good time without half-assing it on the music front either. link



In addition to our shared affinity for local restaurants, we Doctors of Za are also staunch proponents of the local music scene. But when Gilead Media mailed me a press pack and CD of Milwaukee hardcore outfit Get Rad yesterday, I didn’t know quite why. I mean, I was glad to get the album 1. For free, 2. A day before tonight’s CD release show at Bay View Brew Haus… but the glut of my freelance work falls into the realms of local dining reviews, concert recaps, and professional baseball or arena football profiles. And sometimes I’ll slap on a moniker to write borderline offensive things pertaining to pizza. So why me?
But when I heard Get Rad’s masterpiece “Drug of Choice”, I understood. Spanning just over a minute, it wasted no time striking a chord deep within me. It’s nothing short of scripture. I’d like to share it with you.

“Drug of Choice” by Get Rad:
“Every little bite I savor in my mouth makes it easy to forget about the times when I said no to cheese,
Now all I think is ‘give it to me’,
Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time,
Pizza is my favorite food. Crack is wack but pizza’s good,
It’s motherfuckin’ pizza time!

I can’t find any relevant “Drug of Choice” audio or video clips to post. But it’s nothing short of the best pizza-related song ever. Dean Martin, God rest his soul, and his “That’s Amore” song can eat a bag of dicks compared to “Drug of Choice.”

Go to the show, get the record and live each day like it’s “motherfuckin’ pizza time!” link



Get Rad feature ex-Since By Man guitarist Kevin Herwig on vocals, but if you're looking for that style of apocalyptic, metallic post-hardcore, it might be best to check elsewhere. Get Rad's sophomore album is a 23-minute blast of scrappy, speedy hardcore with a slight sense of humor and thrash/street-punk flair, to booth. If you loved How We Are's To Teach A Hundred but wish it was lighter-hearted and more indebted to the '80s and less to the slower burn of Bane or Verse, this could be up your alley; maybe because Herwig sounds a lot like HWA's Rory Van Grol at points. While the album seems disappointingly forgettable when trying to recollect its madness, it's easy to live through. (brian shultz)



When I think of hardcore, Milwaukee definitely doesn't come to mind, yet the incredible Get Rad is here to prove me wrong. I Can Always Live is the new album from this brutal unit that knows their way around an old school jam, but also keep it current- all with a sly sense of humor. Check out two tracks from the band above, and pick up the new LP via Gilead Media/Hyperrealist. (bbg) link


MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL - Issue 325, June 2010

These youths sure know what they're doing. Fast, catchy hardcore; full and sick production; each song flying in on the hells of the last one; gang choruses... My biggest complaint is that it's a little too well done, like they honed their craft too finely, polished it then scuffed the polish. Eight songs would've been better than the sixteen provided. You oughta hear this 'cause I'm being pretty picky, I'm sure many kids are hell of stoked on this band and I can see why. If I heard one of these songs, I'd be pumped, but I'll pass on a whole LP (Jeff Manson)


RAZORCAKE - Issue 57

Get rad is right! Full-on thrash hardcore that doesn’t let up. I could see them playing shows with Frontside Five. I swear that just listening to this flipped the brim up on my hat and made me run around in circles. They have a song about pizza too! My only complaint here is that I had a hell of a time trying to read the song titles, thanks to the stupid font on the back. Small potatoes compared to how great this disc is. –Ty Stranglehold


and more to come...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I Can Always Live - 20 remaining test presses will go up for sale tomorrow @ 7am CDT

50 test presses w/ 2 color silk screened covers. we sold 30 of them this past weekend, but tomorrow we will put the remaining 20 up for sale tomorrow morning @ 7am CDT.

The real copies of ICAL on CD or gatefold LP will also be posted at these times along with some other new goodies. Thanks for reading. Sorry for the long delay. or

Monday, March 22, 2010

I Can Always Live LP/CD

Hello everyone. Myspace usership has decreased by 50% since we started talking about this record, but oh well... IT IS FINALLY DONE!!! The CDs arrived a few weeks ago & the LPs arrived on Saturday! The "official release date" isn't until April, but if you're one of the lucky ones living in Milwaukee, you can get it now @ Rushmor Records! Dan & Bill have been super supportive of our band since the beginning, so were proud to have them be the first place on the planet that you can purchase this record.

To celebrate the release of this record, as well as our 5 years as a band, we are playing a show this coming Friday. That will be the first place that you can get the record or cd from us, as well as the limited edition version:

These covers were printed with the hopes of having this record in time for our west coast tour in October 2009, but the west coast's loss is your gain. These copies feature screen printed artwork & test press editions of the vinyl and are limited to 50 copies. After the shows this weekend, the remaining copies will be put up for sale on our website along with the actual version of the LP & CD and some other new goodies.

All of this goodness is thanks to our good friends Adam @ Gilead Media & Pat @ Hyperrealist. These dudes have both thrown their bank accounts into the red to support our band and we are forever grateful to them. Both of them will also have the records for sale on their sites in the very near future. Gilead Media also has a special pre-order package deal that comes with an exclusive t-shirt design.

Anyway, thanks for your patience with this record. It may have taken us 2 years to finally get it finished, but we are super proud of it and are excited for you to finally hear it.

Thanks for reading & for your continued support.

Stay Rad!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5 Year Anniversary / LP Release Show

Friday March 26th 2010


@ Bay View Brew Haus
2535 S Kinnickinnic Ave
Milwaukee, WI 9pm 21+

Get Rad 5 Year Anniversary / Release show for these records:

We will be playing the following night in Chicago at the Albion House:


@ Albion House
1719 W Albion
Chicago, IL 7pm

Also, there is a free all ages matinee on Sunday 3.28, which is our 5 year anniversary to the day.

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you there.