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Cicada Radio

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Cicada Radio
Cicada Radio at the 2017 NJIRF.jpg
Cicada Radio at the 2017 North Jersey Indie Rock Festival
Background information
OriginHoboken, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, post-hardcore, indie rock
Years active2009 (2009)–present
LabelsKilling Horse Records
MembersBrandon J. Barron
John Bartsch
Mike Keefe
Pat Keefe

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Cicada Radio is an American rock band that is from New Jersey.


Cicada Radio is an alternative and post-hardcore rock band from Hoboken, New Jersey, that formed as a trio in 2009. The Keefe brothers began playing in their house garage, along with drummer Mike Kundrath, while attending Kean University in Union, New Jersey.[1][2] Cicado Radio was part of the Tiny Giant Artist Collective, based out of New Brunswick, New Jersey.[3] The band consists of bassist Brandon J. Barron, drummer John Bartsch, guitarist and vocalist Mike Keefe, and guitarist and lead vocalist Pat Keefe. Their music is described as a blend of haunting melodies and lush noise-scapes, with reverb-drenched vocals, and they cite musical influence from At the Drive-In, Desaparecidos and the Police.[4] The Jersey Journal says that Cicada Radio "unabashedly draws from the many of the emo scene of the Nineties, when bands combined throttling punk rock melodies with introspective, personal lyrics," and their music is compared to post-hardcore groups, such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Braid, the Promise Ring and Knapsack.[5][6][7] Their first release is the four-track EP Imposter, on 14 June 2011. It is described by Speak Into My Good Eye as "visceral, [with] pointed tone," and it got the band picked up by the Kearny-based label, Killing Horse Records.[8][1]

Killing Horse Records[edit]

Cicado Radio's debut eight-track album, entitled No Fate But What We Make, was released on compact disc and digital download on 1 December 2012, with Killing Horse Records, who reissued their first EP and have released all their subsequent albums. It is called "early millennial post-punk blended with the impassioned, non-pretentious vocal and lyrical work of the high emo era," and is noticeably heavier with hazy and distortion-laced guitars, than their previous record.[8][6][7] A review by The Aquarian Weekly says "singer Pat Keefe sounds just about ready to launch off the melodies and lose his mind, but the band behind him manages to let that urgency land with an unexpectedly light touch."[9] The release party for No Fat But What We Make was held at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, New Jersey, that night, with Let Me Run, A Balance Between, the Rose Riot and Meet Pause.[6] The music video for the song "Oceans" contains footage of the band performing on marshland coastline, riding a motor boat, and wandering around Kearny, New Jersey.[8] Shortly after the release of the album, their original drummer left, and Bartsch joined Cicado Radio.[1]

Their second full-length release is the six-track Crime Waves, on 2 December 2014. Themes on the album include loss of love, and the death of the American dream.[7] They performed at the 2014 The Fest, in Gainesville, Florida.[7] Cicada Radio's third full-length album, entitled Drift/Dream, was released on 28 October 2016. The record release party was held at the Funhouse in Jersey City, New Jersey on 4 November, with Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Dead Bars, Crazy & the Brains and Nervous Triggers. During that year, a concert promoter says of their live performances, that they "always rock out like they may never have a chance to play again."[5]

They performed at the North Jersey Indie Rock Festival on 23 September 2017, and in 2018 they performed at The Fest.[10] The five-track EP Catch and Release was released on 15 June 2018, and is compared to the music of Jimmy Eat World. The music video for the song "Erased on Re-Entry" was shot in Tokyo, Japan, by Cicado Radio's former drummer Kundrath.[2]


  • Brandon J. Barron – bass
  • John Bartsch – drums
  • Mike Keefe – guitar and vocals
  • Pat Keefe – guitar and lead vocals

Past members[edit]

  • Chris D'Ambrosio – bass
  • Mike Kundrath drums


  • No Fate But What We Make (2012)
  • Crime Waves (2014)
  • Drift/Dream (2016)
  • Imposter (2011)
  • Catch and Release (2018)



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