These guys are definitely one of my favorite bands ever! I’ll admit that I wasn’t a fan at first. I felt that if I liked this band, it would kind of a kick in the face to my all time favorite band, Mayday Parade. But when I see Jason, Go Radio’s lead singer, & Derek, Mayday’s lead singer, getting along & touring together, I felt it would be alright for me to actually give Go Radio a chance.
I instantly fell in love. This band has so much dynamic & power it’s hard not to pay attention to them. The lyrics are genuine & pure, the music is beautiful & well thought out, & then you add the amazing voice of Jason Effing Lancaster. All these elements combined, undoubtedly, give you a recipe for success. With two EP’s under their belts, they are set to release their first full length in March of this year. Their first EP, “Welcome To Life” shows the boys’s softer, fun side. Many of the tracks speak of love, both present & lost, & the passion those situations can bring about in people. “Dear Lucian, Dance Forever” is more of the fun love song. It’s shows the innocence of young love. While the track “I Miss You” speaks of love lost. The narrator of the song is madly in love with a girl who seems to be unsure of the relationship. He proclaims that he can’t see how the two of them not being together “could possibly make any sense”. The line “all you need is just some time to mend” points to something happening in their relationship that caused her lots of pain. But he tells her to take all the time she may need & you can tell that he is so deeply in love with her by saying that his “sanity is forever riding” on the amount of time she takes. A few of the tracks show struggles that one must get through. While the hard times are not necessarily specified, you get the sense of triumph. The title track “Welcome To Life” is definitely a spirit lifter. The message I get is that you should just take life day by day. There’s nothing you can do to change it, so why not go with the flow. My favorite line is “Welcome to hurt, welcome to fear, it’s better now that everybody’s here.” Yeah, you’re gonna feel pain and heartache in life, but you’re not gonna be the only person who has gone through it. You always will have someone to help you.
Their second EP, “Do Overs & Second Chances,” is nothing short of amazing. This one seems to be more rock than the first, but the same beauty is in this EP. One main theme in this album is, inevitably, love. One song that really stands out is “Thanks For Nothing.” This song is about hurt & cheating, but he’s surprisingly not mad at the girl, it’s the guy she cheated with that he’s angry with. This guy was obviously a close friend & he ruined everything. There’s also a song about accepting love again titled “Letters & Love Notes.” The opening line states that he is ‘tearing down the walls” he built to keep girls like a certain one out. But the most beautiful songs, lyrically, on the album is called “Goodnight Moon”. This song shows how love can be so overwhelmingly wonderful & how even at 4 in the morning it’s still too early to say goodbye. I love that he claims he had no idea how he’s lived without a goodnight kiss from a certain girl. But my favorite song on the entire EP is “You Hold Your Breath, I’ll Hold My Liquor.” It definitely reminds of me old Mayday material, but that’s not an issue. It shows the excitement of love & how magical it can be. Jason really shows off his vocal abilities in this tune, & I’ve yet to listen to it without getting chills every time. My favorite line is “It’s just like California summers with better warmer Florida nights.” & anyone who has ever experienced both, you know exactly what he means. This EP is the epitome of phenomenal. And to go along with that, the album cover is beautiful. It’s genuinely breathtaking in my opinion.
With two amazing EP’s, I can only imagine the greatness that is to come from their full length. I can promise you that I will be getting this album at midnight the day it comes out.