Over the last decade, RED has emerged as a career artist. Their honesty and transparency about who they are as human beings, what motivates and inspires them, and what they aim to accomplish with each step forward has established an army of loyal fans.
The band's success emerged through a pure emotional connection with their audience, the power of their live performances, and most importantly, the passionate, honest dedication of band members Michael Barnes, Anthony Armstrong, and Randy Armstrong. Michael offers, "There is a certain ache in the melody and passion of our music. I feel it can reach emotionally into the soul of the listener and open up places in their heart they didn't know existed. We wear our emotions on our sleeves, and are OK with who we are and telling others about the struggles we are facing." Anthony adds, "We deliver our music and message aggressively using themes of theatricality and delving into the darkest parts of our lives in order to bring out the good. We are relentless and will stop at nothing to deliver great music that will inspire and bring the best we've got in our performances.
The band's new album Of Beauty and Rage is "about suffering and finding the beauty in that,” says vocalist Michael. “No one in this world likes to suffer, myself included, but we only become the strong individuals we are today from the trials and hardships we faced in the past. I remember meeting a teenager on Winter Jam 2013 who had terminal cancer. He wanted to meet us because we were his favorite band. In a sense, you might consider this a tragedy since his life was going to be taken away from him at such an early age. What I saw was beauty in the way that he handled his illness. The teen was full of hope and spirit, and even in his last days he was encouraging others and wanting to give of himself to make a difference in this world. To me that is a testament of the Beauty that can be found in the Rage of life."
To Randy, "RED has always tried to challenge listeners to be real with themselves and confront their struggles head on." Anthony adds, "Our struggles as humans are the catalyst for us to experience both the beauty of life and the difficult times that bring rage and confusion. One can't exist without the other. It's okay for us to descend into the darkest parts of our souls to recognize and learn how to draw the beauty out of difficulty and character flaw."
There is a brotherhood – literally and figuratively – that has kept the band together for the past decade. Each individual contributes to the collective, broader vision of RED. Randy reflects, "We have been friends for 27 years and this is what we have always wanted to do. When we were kids we shared the same favorite bands. They moved us, they challenged us, and ultimately encouraged us to make change. That is our goal as a band. Music is for everyone." For Anthony, "We've been together for so long. Of course, sharing this experience in music with your twin brother is pretty incredible. We push each other and it's a juggernaut when it comes to being passionate about every aspect of our career as artists."
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Red Announces New Album for Early 2013| Posted August 25, 2012
Red has announced the release date of their next full-length studio album to be February 2013. A specific date hasn't yet been announced. If you check out the band's Facebook page, they've been posting behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process - pretty cool to watch. In an interview with Michael Barnes, he said that the album will be "faster-paced" than their previous albums and sounds like "Innocence and Instinct on steroids." Getting excited about it!
RED is just AMAZING| Posted June 15, 2011
I started listening to them about 2 weeks ago....and I can say that they are great. Michael has a great voice...and that music....awesome! It sounds great when a dtrong sound of guitar is connected with violin and piano....this is a masterpiece.
RED is simply Amazing!| Posted February 06, 2011
I love RED and they have some very good songs to help people get through tough times in their life. I think RED is very good at making songs that everybody can relate to in one way or another.