RAD/Cross Class Split LP


RAD and Cross Class come together for one final release on this 19-song LP.

The punk attention span is shorter than ever in 2020 and there’s barely time to keep your eyes on the road, much less look backwards, but recordings from two of Sacramento’s unheralded twenty-teen giants will stop you dead in your tracks. CROSS CLASS drop ten tracks in nine minutes – frustration on the lyric sheet manifests as erratic start/stop riffs, exploding into primal DBeats that last just long enough to set you up so they can break you back down with devastating abandon(ment).

If CROSS CLASS are the destruction, on the flip RAD celebrate all that remains. If you were lucky enough to see them live, then you know that RAD play for RAD (listen to Lory scream “I’m not here to make friends!”) – and they are playing whether you like it (or them) or not. Still, one of the greatest and most inspiring live bands I have ever seen, cramming more honest intensity and mosh parts into criminally short light speed fastcore. Both bands are finished – CROSS CLASS went to school and moved away, while RAD morphed into SICK BURN – but the records remain, and a healthy hail to Sacramento (the city and the label) for making sure that these sounds made it to the rest of us.

— Robert Collins

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RAD- Sacramento is RAD +1 (Cassette)


Sacramento is RAD +1 is the band’s tribute to Sacramento punk rock. On this tape, you’ll find covers of songs by the infamous Rebel Truth and cartoony hyper-punks The Lizards. Oh, and one more band that’s not actually from Sacramento (hence the “+1″), Poison Idea.

Track listing:

  1. Child Hosts the Parasite (Rebel Truth)
  2. All I know (Rebel Truth)
  3. Coke up my Butt (The Lizards)
  4. Cult Band (Poison Idea)

4 mins 22 sec


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Rad/Croissants Split 7″

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RAD and CROISSANTS show two sides of Sacramento punk rock on their new split 7″ ep.

Thrash-veterans RAD attack with the fury of a honey badger denied snacks. Their Necros cum Black Flag implosion rips along, fronted by the vocal bite of Lory Gil, and Charles Albright’s killer wails. With one previous EP and three cassettes, this split is RAD’s first since their very well received 2013 LP Loud & Fast. Recorded by Ted Angel.

 If RAD is inspired by Los Angeles’ early 80s slam pit, CROISSANTS sounds like they’d rather be hanging out on Beach Blvd. The band throws pop pitches to heroes Red Cross and the Simpletones with razor guitars, fuzz, and beer-in-the-sun melodies. When the buzz wears off, a lazy anger builds. Adored in their hometown of Sac, the Croissants have found ears elsewhere through records on Asian Man and Hella Mad. Recorded by Chris Sabatoni and Ted Angel.

             - Scott Soriano

Loud & Fast


“It is easy to anticipate the sound of a punk, hardcore or metal record by reading its title (for the most part). Dangers‘ AngerBathory‘s Blood Fire DeathWormrot‘s Abuse. It’s rather convenient. Such is the case with female-fronted, Sacramento-based punk band RAD and their delectable cassette tape tentatively titled Loud & Fast.

Yeah. Guess what, fellas? It’s f**king loud, and it’s f**king fast. So f**k you.

Twenty songs in eleven minutes. Oh, hell yes! Two of the twenty songs pass the one-minute mark; eight of ‘em hardly pass the half-minute mark. You better believe this album is going to kick your ass! Like I mentioned earlier, this is a female-fronted punk band. That chick on the cover is Lory Gil and instead of employing furious screams reminiscent of bands likePunch or Glasses, she shouts frantically as if she were the head of some hardcore band from the eighties. The band is a punk/thrash crossover group which is why the album goes by quicker than taking a dump in a Taco Bell restroom. Despite it’s fast pace, each song has it’s own personality. “We’re RAD” is a brilliant intro to the album. A catchy riff, thumping drums, and a thick bass-line call for some serious head-bobbing. One can imagine a crowd of young kids circling around an empty space getting ready to mosh their pathetic hearts out of their hairless chests. Then “You’re a Dunzo” kicks in and all of the pent-up energy explodes onto the audience, erupting into one hell of an angry mosh pit where kids are dancing in cut-off jeans, dirty Vans shoes and Iron Lung band t-shirts. The band continues their speedy setlist with “This is Not a Final War” and “I’m an Adult” as kids start to fall on the ground before being pulled back into the action by some obese hardcore dude, already busting a sweat in the muggy atmosphere of the dank warehouse the band’s playing in.

Although the lyrical themes don’t go beyond subjects like skateboarding, moshing and other forms of stupid violence, there are some great, sometimes hilarious lyrical moments throughout the album. Lines like “Shove your butt-pills in your dick! Moshing is our medicine!” are memorable and chant-inducing. There are also miniature moments that I find are strokes of punk genius like the three-note solo that ends “This is Not a Final War” and the end of “Banned in Citrus Heights” where it’s just the sound of pounding drums and the band shouting “I got out from work today!”

RAD’s Loud & Fast feels like a thousand punches hitting you at a thousand miles per hour. Looking back at it now, I have played this album over ten times while writing this review (which isn’t very long to begin with). If you dig loud and fast music that you can’t scrobble on Last.fm, then get your hands on Loud & Fast as soon as you can. It’s rad.”

[Via: SputnikMusic]