Radar State’s debut album Strays is still three months away, but with Halloween around the corner, they decided to drop its first new song (alongside a seasonally-appropriate, macabre music video) exclusively on Billboard today (Oct. 24).
“Strays,” directed by Patrick Rea and produced by Jessi Burkette, stars the band and a bunch of their friends as the workers and patrons of a dive bar populated with — to name a few — a mummy, a wolfman, a zombie, a succubus, and a siren. The video is a sure winner, and the up-tempo alt-rock track should have no problem hitting home with fans of the members’ more established bands.
Indeed, the Kansas City band is a relatively new name in the emo and indie rock universe, but their lineup features plenty of familiar ones: Get Up Kids guitarist-vocalists Matt Pryor and Jim Suptic, the Anniversary guitarist-vocalist Josh Berwanger, and drummer Adam Phillips, known for playing in the Architects and Gadjits.
Last year, Radar State played Riot Fest and toured with Say Anything with just its debut 7-inch EP available. January 2019 will see the release of Strays on Wiretap Records, along with a North American tour through February. Find those dates here.
Get a first look at the “Strays” video below.