Any song that opens up with a call to arms stating we should “destroy the bogus capitalist process that has destroyed youth culture” usually would launch into wailing guitars and bitter lyrics about society and the revolution that needs to begin. However, the Radio Dept. then launches into a smoothly melodic song about alienation and getting left behind. This call to arms is accompanied not by a clap of thunder but instead a dreamlike passage into peace. Like a dream, the song fades out leaving only the message and pleasant feelings.
This year the multicolored necktied members of Tally Hall followed up their “wonky-rock” hit “Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum” with the more electronic and vocal focused “Good and Evil.” Turn the Lights off is a fast-paced day-glo horror show. Highlighting Tally Hall’s illustrious quick wit, the song really is just about a monstrous party (both literally and metaphorically). Like the proverbial wild-thing, all you can do is get carried away with the momentum and join the wild rumpus.