Red finds good in suffering on of Beauty and Rage
The success of Nashville-based Christian and mainstream rock outfit Red is a result of the band’s “pure emotional connection” with its audience, live performances, and the “passionate, honest dedication” of band members Michael Barnes (vocals), Anthony Armstrong (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), and Randy Armstrong (bass, piano, keyboard, backing vocals). Barnes also refers to what he calls a “certain ache in the melody and passion” of the group’s 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,” declares the singer in a press announcement about new album, of Beauty and Rage.
Barnes reveals the band's fifth studio album on Essential Records is about “suffering and finding the beauty in that.” He believes the only way to become stronger is through the “trials and hardships” of the past. The frontman offers the example of a young terminal cancer patient he met on tour—who despite the tragedy of having his life taken away from him at such an early age—was still encouraging others and wanting 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,” says Barnes.
First single ‘Darkest Part’ examines the emotions behind a person needing salvation from the suffering of a deep seeded struggle and “the feelings of shame, guilt and rejection one might face when opening up to another individual.” Anthony Armstrong explains the song that’s currently No. 43 on the Mediabase Active Rock airplay chart is about being vulnerable. “When you trust someone and show the demons you have hidden away in your life, there is a fear and likelihood of scaring someone away,” explains the guitarist.
The track ‘Part That's Holding On’ is about the pain of losing a loved one or going through a breakup. ‘Yours Again’ “exudes with emotion” as Barnes sings of reconciling with what was “once loved but lost,” and the cut ‘Gravity Lies’ is a song of “self-discovery” in realizing how others perceive you doesn’t always “speak into who you are in God.” Barnes points to ‘Shadow and Soul’ as a favorite album track because the “most challenging and satisfying song on the record” contains an “ache and yearning” the singer says “wrecks me every time.”
Barnes admits of Beauty and Rage and the dichotomy of good versus evil and “finding beauty out of things that we suffer within our lives” is more introspective than the band’s previous two albums. He also claims 2015 is a rebuilding year for the band that debuted in 2006 with End of Silence, charting the Top 15 mainstream rock hit, ‘Breathe Into Me.’ “We want to put on a show that is unexpected and people will be talking about for years to come,” states the lead vocalist.
Red takes its show on the road this summer by touring with Adelitas Way. The live sets begin May 29 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and continue through June 24 with a show in Reno, Nevada. Late summer festival stops include the Ichthus Festival in Lexington, Ky. (July 9), Lifest in Oshkosh, Wis. (July 10), Creation Festival in Kennewick, Wash. (July 30), Praise Fest in Surrey, BC, Canada (Aug. 1), HeavenFest in Morrison, Colo. (Aug. 8), and Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Ark. (Aug. 15).
Watch the official music video for ‘Darkest Part,’ the new single from Red off the group’s latest album, of Beauty and Rage.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Nashville’s Red was formed in 2004 by twin brothers Anthony and Randy Armstrong along with lead vocalist Michael Barnes. The band teamed up with Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning rock producer, Rob Graves, and signed a development contract with Graves' independent production company.
* Red signed to Sony BMG imprint, Essential Records, and debut album, End of Silence, was released in 2006. The album was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Gospel Album, and first single, ‘Breathe Into Me,’ peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart as well as being named Rock Recorded Song of the Year at the 2007 GMA Dove Awards.
* During 2007 Red toured with Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, and Candlebox. The song ‘Lost’ was also voted Best Rock Recorded Song at the 2007 GMA Dove Awards. The band's second album, Innocence & Instinct, appeared in 2009 and debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200.
* Red made Radio & Records history in 2008, becoming the first band to debut at No. 1 on the R&R Christian Rock chart with the Innocence & Instinct single, ‘Fight Inside.’ The band next toured with Saving Abel and Pop Evil on the Class of 2009 Tour, followed in March 2010 by supporting Breaking Benjamin, Thousand Foot Krutch, and Chevelle.
* Innocence & Instinct took the Rock Album of the Year award at the 2010 Dove Awards and Red continued to tour extensively with Creed, 12 Stones, Disciple, and others. Third album, Until We Have Faces, was also produced by Rob Graves and released in February 2011. Promotion behind the album was highlighted by Red’s first ever national television performance on Conan O'Brien.
* Third album Until We Have Faces topped the Billboard Rock, Hard Rock, and Alternative Albums charts, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Red supported the album as part of the 2011 Winter Jam lineup and joined Union Entertainment labelmates Hinder on the All American Nightmare Tour. Fall tours included the Rock Allegiance Tour with Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, and others.
* In February 2013 Red issued Release The Panic, which was produced by renowned producer Howard Benson (Creed, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm, Flyleaf, Skillet). The band also released Who We Are: The Red Anthology on the same day as Release The Panic, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
* Red boasts career album sales in excess of 1 million copies including two Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. The band has also placed five singles in the Top 20 of the Active Rock charts, earned two Grammy Award nominations, and won five Dove Awards.