On their debut release, the Pennsylvania quintet known as Red unleashes an awesome blast of shifty, melodic hardcore, punctuated by passionate vocals and laden with lush string arrangements and sharp guitar chops. Songs include "Breathe Into Me," "Lost," "Already Over," and more.
During the few years that lead vocalist Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, bassist Randy Armstrong, guitarist Jasen Rauch and drummer Hayden Lamb have comprised red, the band has been constantly touring and in the studio. The resulting album, End of Silence, released early last month on Essential Records, was produced by Dove nominated, platinum-selling writer and producer Rob Graves (Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns). The bands name is symbolic for the blood of Christ. Reds music, meanwhile, is a wonderful blend of tough guitars, passionate vocals, strident melodies and epic strings. You may have already heard the lead single, Breathe Into Me, which at press time has climbed to No. 13 on Radio & Records Christian Rock airplay chart. For more information, visit redmusiconline.com.
Paul: How did Red form as a band?
Anthony: Red has been a band for three years. We began in June 2002Randy, Mike and I all grew up in the same town in Pennsylvania. After moving to Nashville, we met Jasen and Hayden through various connections.
Paul: What is your new record, End of Silence, all about?
Anthony: Its about being at the worst part of life, crying out to God for the breath of life. Its about Him restoring you.
Paul: Can you give us some insight into your hit song Breathe Into Me?
Anthony: Finding the redemption in the midst of the brokeness.
Paul: Whats a Red show like?
Anthony: High energy, flying guitars, melodic vocals, dynamic, intensehuge sound, well-rounded.
Paul: Who would you rather have dinner with? The Dali Lama, Bono, Billy Graham or Marilyn Manson?
Anthony: Marilyn Manson. I would love the interaction with him, being able to ask him questions and see why he has so much hatred. The spiritual warfare would be very interesting.
Paul Colman CCMMagazine.com