Red

Red

Southbound Fearing

Fri, May 24, 2013

7:00 pm

The Middle East Downstairs

Cambridge, MA

$19 advance / $21 day of show

This event is 18 and over

For every ticket sold, $1 will be donated to The One Fund, a relief fund for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings. For more information on The One Fund, visit OneFundBoston.org. .

Red
Red
Two sides inhabit the lifespan of a storm: first, the suddenness of the chaos in the storm itself, then the damage, debris and, hopefully, renewal and new growth in the aftermath.

The members of RED -- vocalist Michael Barnes, bassist Randy Armstrong, guitarist Anthony Armstrong and drummer Joe Rickard -- have lived the storms, and need you to believe you can come out the other side while listening to the tracks that make up the band’s new project Release The Panic.

The duality infused in all of Release The Panic’s songs -- be it musical or lyrical, from the title track all the way through -- is absolutely intentional.

“Every song on this record is two-sided,” Randy says. “‘Damage’ is a great example, talking about how ‘all I do is damage,’ yet our character is determined by how we repair that damage.

“Same thing with ‘Release The Panic,’” he continues. “We as humans can panic and be worried about our everyday lives. In the end, the battle has already been won.”

“That’s the double-sidedness of it,” Michael says. “Releasing the panic, you either let go of the worry and the anxiety, or you actually panic and go crazy.”

For the band, releasing some of the panic that comes with making a record meant embracing creative change. From teaming with veteran rock producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Skillet and many more) to introducing even more loops, beats and yes, danceable elements alongside RED’s trademark heaviness, Release The Panic brings you RED in ways you’ve never
heard before.

“When you look at the whole scope of the record, we’ve got more heavy songs on this record than ever,” Anthony says. “‘Release The Panic’ and ‘Damage’ are two of the heaviest songs we’ve ever done.”

“At the same time, it’s OK for us to do a song like ‘Die For You’ and ‘Same Disease’ because something like ‘If We Only’ balances it out,” Joe says. “It all fits in; it’s just growing and changing with the times.”

That growth is designed to take RED’s impact to the next level, and involved the band reinventing the way it made music. RED came off the road completely in the first part of 2012, a first for a band known for its non-stop touring schedule, and based out of Los Angeles while making Release The Panic.

“We’re both excited and scared to death of some things because we’re so much closer to this project than we ever have been,” Randy says. “We were on the road touring when we were making all the other records. Here we were, 100% locked into writing and making this record. It was amazing.”

Known for getting passionate performances out of some of music’s most powerful singers, Benson knew he had something special when first working with Michael Barnes.


“He’s really committed to being a disciplined, great singer,” Benson says. “In my world, most of my singers are completely the opposite of that; they don’t take care of their voices, or they treat them like guitars and just throw ‘em around.”

The one creative element that has remained consistent is RED’s ability to take feedback from fans -- be it through social media presences or face-to-face communication after a blistering live show -- and filter that into the new music created.

It’s that trust gained across thousands of shows and now four records that allows the band to be transparent with that fan base, maybe saying things others in those fans’ lives can’t say.

“We can talk about the darker things,” Anthony says. “We’re still challenging people to get outside their comfort zone in certain ways, where they’re rethinking themselves and being honest with themselves about who they really are.”

Those ideas show up on Release The Panic on songs like “So Far Away” (dealing with emotional distance), “Glass House” (where even at our most transparent, no one can see into our true motives) and the album’s initial single, “Perfect Life.”

“As we recorded in Los Angeles, and looked at pop culture as a whole, the inspiration for that song was all around us, all the time,” Anthony says. “There are people who have themselves convinced they’re living the good life, but it’s the clawing their way to live this kind of life that’s troubling.”

So these multi-faceted themes, meshed with fiery and sometimes unexpected musical moments,
team to create RED’s most electrifying project yet, something the band’s new production partner
watched coalesce.

“The thing I like about this record is that they’re very forward-thinking songs for a rock band,” Benson says. “These guys are sitting on a powder keg, frankly, and I just can’t wait for the rest of the world to hear it.”

It’s time to unleash the storm. And it’s time for new growth to shine through.
It’s time to Release The Panic.
Southbound Fearing
Southbound Fearing
We're a rock n' roll band from Toledo OH, we released our second full-length album "Bad Dreams and Melodies" on October 9th 2012. We're signed to Red Cord Records and Victory/Provident Distribution. We love Jesus and love all of you.
Venue Information:
The Middle East Downstairs
472 Massachussetts Ave
Cambridge, MA, 02139
http://www.mideastclub.com/