InQuire Recommends: RED

InQuire Recommends: RED

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RED are a little-known rock band (not to sound all hipster) that deserve to become mainstream.

They were formed in Nashville, Tennessee way back in 2004. They have an array of sounds and influences, from alternative rock and post-grunge to acoustic and even pop music; but they are mostly known for their Christian rock undertones, which comes out in their lyrics.

RED’s new album, Of Beauty and Rage, is due out on 23rd February, of which two songs are available online. They have four studio albums to date: End of Silence (2006), Innocence & Instinct (2009), Until We Have Faces (2011), and Release the Panic (2013).

I first stumbled upon RED on YouTube 5 years ago, after watching a fan video for their song ‘Not Alone.’ It was the most beautiful song I have ever heard and it moved me to tears. To this day it is still my favourite. They are also captivating live; I caught them in concert in late 2013, and lead singer Mike Barnes’ rendition of ‘Pieces’ was ethereal and mesmerising.

Although their music, song titles and album titles have biblical connotations, the great thing about RED is that religion is not forced on the listener. Even as somebody who identifies as agnostic, I am strangely drawn to their songs about faith and love. Their music is accessible, their lyrics open to interpretation and a wide audience can identify with their catalogue of songs.

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