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“I can tell already that there are people that like, for lack of a better way to put it, the Warrior side of me and the Steve Jones, Atomic Playboys style, and some people are gonna be happy with one and not the other, you know what I mean?” expressed Radiation Romeo vocalist Parramore McCarty on the music world’s expectations of him. “It’s hard to please everybody but I was really doing what I was feeling from my head at that time. It was close to about this time last year that I laid my vocals down, so I wanted to do just what I do, man (where I feel good), and I had so much fucken fun with this record. I had a lot of freedom. I did vocals here in San Diego and would fly them to Germany with Michael Voss (producer), and that’s how we rolled with it. It was different for me and I just wanted to sound as good as I can. I think my voice is still the same as it was 35 years ago, it felt the same to me. That’s how I looked at it, I just wanted to have fun, man. I had a blast.”

After making his name as lead vocalist with metal legends Warrior, McCarty moved on to Atomic Playboys and furthered his reputation, but it was a chance meeting on social media that reignited his passion and led to his current outfit.”

“Radiation Romeos was kind of a cool story,” he recounted. “Of course, I have a Facebook page and that kind of shit, and sometimes, I get people contacting me that wanna play with me or ask me to sing or do a project, and I never really pay much attention to that. Michael Voss messaged me and he just simply asked if I was the guy that sang on Atomic Playboys, and I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he got back to me a little while later and said: ‘Do you wanna do a record because I’ve got us a record deal and they wanna hear you and have a record with you?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’ So that’s really how it started. Michael had… that preconceived idea was his – that Radiation Romeos name for the band, as well as the title track, was really conceived by him and passed on to me. So that’s kind of how it started rolling right there.”

In a clever marketing ploy aimed squarely at fans who had followed McCarty’s career, Voss voiced these ideas with the goal in mind of reconnecting with an established market.”

“You would have to ask him,” McCarty ventured. “But I think he thought it was a good way to tie me in and get people that liked me from the past, I’m sure that’s what he was thinking. I’m really looking forward to new fans as well, people that really don’t know who I am or don’t know anything about me or my singing. I would love for new people to hear this and like something, that would be great. I’m not really that worried about people that know me – they’re gonna pick and choose the ones they like – but I would love to get new fans, bro. That would be fucken great. It’s like a fresh, new voice out there. I know I sound different to most people, so that’s a good thing.”With their debut self-titled album being released earlier this month, McCarty says the reception so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with his new sounding singing voice well.

With their debut self-titled album being released earlier this month, McCarty says the reception so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with his new sounding singing voice well received by fans.

“I didn’t know what to expect, really,” he said with surprise in his voice, “but i’m getting a lot of good interviews, and I can see some of the reviews are really good. So far the label is doing a good job getting it out to the people, so I couldn’t be happier. We didn’t really have specific goals going ino the record. Michael and I talked about it and we just wanted to do a mixture of songs that we had together that the record company liked. It was like melodic rock, and we wanted everything to be so people could sing along with it. I kinda wanted to use two or three of my other vocal styles on this album. There’s more of my pop side and some rock side and heavier rock but not really my metal voice. I kinda wanted to stay away from that for this.”While enjoying his previous time as vocalist for harder edged bands, McCarty says he feels like his future is in this more melodic style of metal and hopes that Radiation Romeos will morph into a band capable of sustaining this wish. While enjoying his previous time as vocalist for harder edged bands, McCarty says he feels like his future is in this more melodic style of metal and hopes that Radiation Romeos will morph into a band capable of sustaining this wish.”

“For me, I would like to do more records like this because this style and being able to do what you’re hearing on this record is kind of where I wanna be as a singer, so that would be the main goal to do more records and great songs and enjoy the style that I have created for this album. I’m really happy with it, I love the album.”

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Michael Voss is fucken incredible. He makes it sound really good. He’s like a Mutt Lange kind of guy. He plays guitar, he does everything; so I’d like to do more of it with him. The vision is just good power rock and roll. That’s what I wanna do.”Sounding in a similar vein to early. Sounding in a similar vein to early Scorpions and Dokken, Radiation Romeos has that classic rock sound and vibe about them, although McCarty is unsure where and if that music fits in today’s climate.”

“I’m so out of it and what the world wants. I don’t really know what’s cool,” he laughed. “Do you? I knew that I could do what I do because I’m not gonna fake it – no way! I would love for the album to do well. Of course, everybody wants their record to do good. But my vision is to just keep rocking and singing songs and try to create music that people are gonna sing along with.”Coming from a metal background has its advantages, and McCarty admits that lessons learnt from that period of his life are serving him well now.

Coming from a metal background has its advantages and McCarty admits that lessons learnt from that period of his life are serving him well now.”

“You never know what’s gonna happen with a record,” he said. “I can tell you a quick Warrior story. We did a demo tape in L.A. – a three-song demo – and the song ‘Fighting for the Earth’ on that demo got on a local station in L.A., and the next thing we knew, that demo was on heavy rotation on both L.A. stations and was getting number one request over Scorpions and Judas Priest, so we had every record label on God’s Earth baiting us to go with them and we ended up with Virgin Records with Richard Branson. He flew us out to England and we played golf with him and we ate at his house, so those are great memories for me. But what I learned is the music business is fickle. Because we took too long, basically, to put that record out and RATT and Motley Crue and those guys got their records out in three months – it took Warrior almost a year to get ours out – and there had become a metal backlash here in the United States and they wouldn’t play us any more. Our album came out and it just died because no one in the U.S. at least would play that song. That was it, it was a dead zone. I learned one huge lesson there, you never know what you’re gonna get. We had a smash hit song, and it was just dead. That’s what I learned. Don’t count your chickens (laughs).”

Not only has McCarty been busy on this new project, but he admits to also having a number of self-recorded albums hidden away that few members of the public have known about – until now.”My favourite band – and I do a killer.

“My favourite band – and I do a killer Bon Scott – but my favourite band has always been AC/DC. I have an album I did where I wrote all the songs and sang in my Bon Scott voice and I played all the rhythm guitars, and it’s a cool album. Of course, nobody knows about that. I have three albums out there that no one knows about; no record label, nothing. Look at monstertraxxband.com and you can find all three. There’s that one [and] there’s a more pop sounding album that I did that was the first album I did on my own and wrote all of the songs. The other album is metal like Warrior. It sounds like my first band ever, which was kind of a big underground hit and there are five songs there that sound like vintage Warrior, so it’s kind of got something for everybody on that website.”

While trying to create a new future musically, McCarty also understands that your past will always define your future, and as such, embraces his time with Warrior and Atomic Playboys rather than shun it.

“I think the past definitely plays a large part in your future,” he conceded. “It’s probably half and half. In my mind, I think it’s nice that people know who I am, so they pay attention when they see my name with a new record out. But then there’s the other half of that where some people are gonna hear it and go, ‘Well, he’s not singing like Warrior,’ so it’s kind of a mixed bag. Like I said before, it’s definitely an influence on what people do and what they know about that record and whether they buy it or not. My positive view is people that don’t know who I am and stumble across this one because it’s out there in the public eye and the media will listen to it and like it. That would be the ultimate.”

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