Michael Sweet, ‘Radio’ – Exclusive Video Premiere
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Stryper vocalist Michael Sweet is back with a new solo album and he appears to be having the time of his life. Sweet has teamed up with Loudwire to exclusively bring you the new video for “Radio,” a track that is taking a fun jab at some of his peers and is featured on his One Sided War album.
The song opens with a banjo leading the way, before the hard and heavy guitars and drums kick in. As the track progresses, Sweet digs in with his tale about fellow rockers going “country” to get a hit single. And while the song does rock, there’s enough twang to it to help drive the point home.
Sweet tells us, “I wrote the song ‘Radio’ based on my history in country music and on what seems to be a surge of rock stars trying to become country stars. I’m a metal head at heart and always will be, but I’ve had the opportunity to write with some of the best writers in Nashville (Blair Daly, Bruce Wallace, Luke Laird) and I’ve learned how talented these guys are and how serious they take their job. Just as metal is a life style, country is as well and you have to live it, not just wake up one morning and decide you’re gonna be a country star and have the respect of the country world.”
He continues, “I grew up with country music, played on my dads country songs (he cowrote a No. 11 country song in 1976 called ‘I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You’) and I know and respect the country music world. This song and video is having a little fun with all the guys that think they can just throw on a cowboy hat, some cowboy boots, move to Nashville and become country stars. It’s just not that simple and that’s just not reality. The same would apply to country stars trying to become metal heads. Kind of funny when you think about it. Country music, just like rock, is a lifestyle rich with history and authenticity and each genre should be treated with great respect. You can’t fake it. You can try, but the fans will see right through it.”
The song is featured on Sweet’s recently released One Sided War album, which was voted by Loudwire’s readers as the August 2016 Release of the Month. The disc has already yielded a single and video for “Bizarre,” a lyric video for “Golden Age,” and now “Radio” follows in its footsteps. One Sided War may be ordered via iTunes, Amazon or in a number of options at the Rat Pak Records website.
Though Sweet does have the new solo studio album out, he will be back with Stryper this fall when they take part in dates celebrating the 30th anniversary of To Hell With the Devil. Dates can be found here.