By Lee Billingham
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Punk funk from the left

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Radio 4, from New York, came to prominence with their second album Gotham in 2002.
Issue 1921

Radio 4, from New York, came to prominence with their second album Gotham in 2002.

Radio 4 fuse righteous anthemic punk and indie rock with funk, reggae and techno. Lyrically and vocally, they bring to mind The Clash at their best.

The new album, Stealing of a Nation, refers to Bush’s election fraud and the illegal occupation of Iraq. The debate around Ralph Nader’s presidential candidacy is touched on in “The Death of American Radio”.

Radio 4 are part of a wave of new New York bands dubbed “punk-funk” by the music press. They stand out because they also inject political music with the sense of excitement and vibrancy the movement deserves.

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