Known for relentless touring and riveting live shows, the Nashville-based group RED--JASEN RAUCH (guitars), MICHAEL BARNES (vocals), ANTHONY ARMSTRONG (guitar) and RANDY ARMSTRONG (bass)--has logged an impressive 500+ live shows since releasing its End Of Silence debut album in 2006 and are giving fans a taste of its new music while on the road in late 2008.
"INNOCENCE & INSTINCT is about the duality of man," explains guitarist/songwriter RAUCH. "The album examines the fight between our childlike innocence and the instinctive side that makes us do things we shouldn't. A lifetime is spent on this internal tug of war between who we really are and who we hope to be."
A highway crash in late 2007 accelerated the band's emotional core. As the tour van smashed into a guardrail and violently slid sideways across the highway, the band experienced new heights of horror that they channeled into INNOCENCE & INSTINCT. "It brought an intensity and depth that we couldn't reach without going through this experience," RAUCH reflects. "In the months after the accident, it felt like everything was in overdrive."
"In a split second, it changed our lives," adds six-stringer ANTHONY ARMSTRONG.
The disc is highlighted by its first Rock radio single, "Fight Inside." "The song is an anthem for what the entire album is about. On our first release, End of Silence, we addressed issues we struggled with, but this time it's about the struggle itself," says guitarist-songwriter Jasen Rauch. "It encapsulates the struggle between â€˜innocence' and â€˜instinct' that resonates through all the songs on this record. The music captures the internal tug-of-war inside all of us; between good and evil, light and darkness, spirit and flesh, exploring that fragile barrier between overcoming and being overcome."
RED made an immediate impact with its 2006 debut, End of Silence, which sold more than a quarter-million copies and earned several awards and nominations. The GRAMMY-nominated disc--featuring the radio hits "Breathe Into Me" (No. 1 , Christian Rock & Top 10, Active Rock), "Break Me Down" (No.1, Christian Rock), "Already Over" (No. 1, Christian Rock & Top 15, Active Rock), "Let Go" (No. 1, Christian Rock & Top 15, Active Rock) and "Lost" (No.1, Christian Rock) -- introduced the sonic layering, rich orchestration and visceral dynamics that became RED's signature sound. The album steadily built momentum, cracking the Billboard Top 200 a year after its release. Not surprisingly, the album became a hit with other bands as well, leading to tours and shows with Papa Roach, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Buckcherry, Puddle Of Mudd, Staind, Seether, Disciple, Third Day and Switchfoot, among others.