King Radio

The Mission Orange [EP]

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Four years after its promising debut album, Boston's King Radio is back with a short and satisfying EP loaded with great pop songs. "Up on Blocks" is a punchy track with tight vocal harmonies, "Wisconsin" is a lovely mid-tempo weeper, and "Dumb Ideas" is a rocker with more cool vocal harmonies. Harmonies are definitely one of King Radio's strengths, Frank Padellro's lead vocals are another. King Radio is in the same ballpark as the Mayflies USA, the Bigger Lovers, or maybe a harder-rocking Pernice Brothers -- bands with strong melodic sensibilities, great singers, and songs you'll find yourself singing along with before the song is half-over. This EP marks the welcome return of an underrated band.

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