November 09, 2010 - Fearless
There isnâ€™t much that ties the Aquabats to their ska beginnings anymore. Much like their last album,Charge!!, this three-song EP gives the horns a rest, and lays down a heavy dose of synth melodies. If the lyrics of title track didnâ€™t already encourage cranking up the volume and dancing like a fool, then the guest verse by Biz Markie would render that reaction involuntary. â€œBest Day Of My Life!â€ is an infectious, positive jam with a bonus 8-bit melody that sounds like an old NES rebuilt as a synthesizer. Although the last song â€œPlayinâ€™ It Cool!â€ delivers on the silly storyline and danceable beat, it doesnâ€™t quite pack the same punch as the previous tracks. That said, if Radio Down! is a taste of whatâ€™s to come from next yearâ€™s full-length record, then Aquacadets can anticipate a fun adventure with their heroes.