Christian-based post-grunge outfit Red first got their start in Pennsylvania playing contemporary Christian covers to area youth groups. They soon grew tired of pop songs, however, and began crafting their own hard-edged rock tunes that often confronted personal issues from their lives. According to lead singer Mike Barnes, the name Red was chosen as a symbol "for the blood of Christ and what it represents: passion, pain, but ultimately, redemption." Comprised of Barnes, Jasen Rauch (guitar), Hayden Lamb (drummer), and identical twins Anthony Armstrong (guitar/vocals) and Randy Armstrong (bass/piano/vocals), the group cited influence from bands like Chevelle, Linkin Park, and Muse. Spearheaded by the single "Breathe into Me," their first nationally distributed album, End of Silence, was released in June 2006 on Essential Records. Always wanting to directly connect with fans through their energetic live show, Red spent the summer touring nationwide, including dates at multiple festivals. A van crash put injured drummer Hayden Lamb on the sidelines for their 2007 headlining tour, but the group soldiered on -- gaining mass appeal with their rapidly growing CCM fan base. Later in 2007, the band took home the Rock Recorded Song of the Year award at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards. Innocence & Instinct appeared in 2009, followed by Release the Panic early in 2013.
We As Human Biography
With two radio hits in the UK and the hit single "Dead Man" climbing up the Christian rock charts, We As Human have proven that an independent band from Northern Idaho can still make noise without a big label fueling the fire.
The release of their EP Burning Satellites, produced by Grammy and Dove award-winning producer Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Disciple, and Pillar), shows that We As Human pulls no punches when it comes to speaking the truth and getting their point across to the listener. Hard-hitting topics saturate this collection of songs, ranging from false prophets to dying to oneself and even touching on abortion from the child’s perspective.
In regards to the messages penned within the lyrics, lead vocalist Justin Cordle states, "When people put in a We As Human album I want it to challenge their thinking, challenge their mentality a bit...because if you can get people thinking, they'll do the rest. They'll make up their minds; they'll make the choice, right or wrong. It says to simply present the gospel, to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. What I would hope people take away is a whole lot of things to think about. And what they do with those thoughts, emotions and feelings is completely up to them."
With a highly anticipated tour with The Wedding and six festivals already booked for 2009, We As Human is looking forward to bringing their message and self-efficient rock show to the people.
Southbound Fearing Biography
With two independent releases and hundreds of live performances under their belt, the Toledo, Ohio based rock outfit, Southbound Fearing, has returned with a new record and a rejuvenated sense of purpose. "We do what we do for the glory of Jesus Christ, sometimes the music industry has a way of distracting you from that truth, but we are definitely back to the basics with this record" says singer/guitarist Brady Leonard. The Arduous Task e.p. which was produced and mixed by Jake Rye (No Greater Sky, Lee Roessler Band) and mastered by Dan Shike (newsboys, Mercy Me) was released by indie label Red Cord Records on March 5th 2010.
The band's first radio single Miles made its debut on the top 30 Billboard Chart for Christian Rock in early May and shows no signs of slowing down. The second radio single "Luke 2:49" is set for release to stations nationwide in late summer.
Southbound Fearing, since its inception in early 2006, has always been a ministry-focused band. The guys are very open about their faith, both in their lyrics, and on stage. In an industry where most bands take the "under the radar" approach to sharing their faith, Southbound Fearing is never afraid to preach the Gospel of Jesus.
The guys recently completed their CD release tour in spring 2010 and are gearing up to headline Red Cord Record's summer tour in July. The band has managed to stay busy with little to no help from an outside manager or booking agent.
Past album releases include the Safe and Sound EP (2007) and I'm Walking the Lighted Path this Time EP