Chewin’ the fat with Radical Dads (who play Sound Bites Series this weekend!)


The Sound Bites Series continues this Sunday (8/18) at the Front/Row stage which is located at the corner of Fulton and Front streets at South Street Seaport. It’s right by Smorgasbar which has beer, wine and some great food. I DJ at 3PM with the band on at 4PM sharp! I am super-psyched for this week’s band: Radical Dads.

Brooklyn trio Radical Dads (make indie rock the old fashioned way, recalling the glory days of ‘90s college radio. But they’re no slackers, gigging constantly locally and around the country. The world even: they just got back from a tour of Japan. Their hook-filled new album, Rapid Reality, came out in the spring and I asked them a few food related questions…

Summer is prime farmer’s market time. What’s your favorite vegetable? And why.
Kohlrabi for sure. Because sometimes we say to Robbie, “Hey Kohlrabi!” and he responds. I am not sure if there is any kinship between their tastes.

What’s your least favorite and why?
The “Cleft Butt” heirloom tomato. Because it looks like a butt.

Radical Dads released their second album this year. Did any particular food fuel the making of it?
But of course! The making of Rapid Reality was fueled by gummy snacks, ginger brews, cucumber fizz concoctions, bahn mi, ‘za slices, and those massive jawbreakers, eaten Lady and the Tramp-style.

Has food ever influenced your songwriting?
Yes. Sometimes you (well, we) eat some seitan or broccoli and it’s hard to sing a particular melody because of particular things that food does to your (well, our) G.I. tract. So you change the melody.

Any good food-related band anecdotes?
One time Robbie threw a gummy bear across the practice space and it caromed off my tooth and into my mouth and I swear I heard that sweet little ursa emit a yelp.

Who is the best cook in the band?
Definitely Kohlrabi.

You folks recently toured Japan. Please list in exhaustive detail all the most delicious/weird things you ate while there.
Basashi, a.k.a. horsemeat
Gyutan, a.k.a. beef tongue
Sashimi, a.k.a. cool fish
Sake juice boxes, a.k.a. drunk on the train
Gummy fruit of every variety, a.k.a. a gummy apple a day keeps the doctor away but brings the dentist very near indeed
Soba noodles, a.k.a. it’s ok to slurp
Soda, a.k.a. soda
Onigiri, a.k.a. triangles

What’s your favorite local restaurants?
We live in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, and some of our favorite restaurants are Nam Nam, Williamsburg Pizza, Post Office, Taco Chulo, and a secret speakeasy spot called Robbie’s Roof Deck.

What’s your go-to hangover food?
As straight-edge gutter punks, we don’t get hungover.

What food would you imagine Radical Dads’ music being paired with?
Our songs go great with soda. Especially artisinal types sold in throwback bottles with sexy-ass graphic design or illustrations redolent of a simpler era when Eisenhower ruled with his hidden hand and we all commuted from the suburbs.