Interview: Red Sun Rising
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 19:13:51
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Ohio band's new album is 'Polyester Zeal' and they'll have fall tour dates with Pop Evil and Godsmack.
Red Sun Rising harks back to the heyday of nineties grunge but with an entirely new energy and perspective. The Akron, OH outfit are the rock band that the world has been waiting for. They've got the songwriting chops, the vision, and the live presence to make a major impact, and it starts with their full-length debut Polyester Zeal [Razor & Tie]. In this exclusive interview, singer Mike Protich talks the record and so much more.
Did you approach Polyester Zeal with one vision or vibe in mind?
We had somewhat of a vision for it and the ironic thing is that there were a few songs that were written like "Blister" and "Emotionless" that were written 5 years ago. It was a thing where we re-vamped some older material and wrote some stuff out in Los Angeles and once we started writing the stuff in LA, we were reflecting on the journey we made to get there. We were excited to finally step away from being an independent band and be signed to a label, be out working with Bob Marlette. Writing about nostalgia and the journey to make it-which ultimately made the album have that vibe. The mix of older and newer material-made the album tell that story as well.
Did coming from middle of the country and then going to Los Angeles to make a record with this incredible producer feel like blur?
It definitely was quite a blur and did move very fast. I remember just prior to signing to Razor & Tie and that was last November. We were touring independently and had done so for years. We got the call and our management said that we were hooking up with these guys and they came out to Akron to see us in a little club, we then went on tour and then right to recording. It was a whirlwind and we all had day jobs at the time-doing weekend warrior independent touring stuff. It was pretty wild and yanked us out of our lives and we had to get ourselves up to speed. We have now been on the road about eight months and all is well.
What's the story behind "Imitation"?
Answer: "Imitation" is based off of the Emerson quote "Imitation is suicide." And what it means is that if you are not being yourself, you are killing yourself-killing your own potential. "Imitation is suicide," is actually one of my favorite quotes, it is tattooed on my chest. I started writing a song and it came together. I'm a huge fan of Soundgarden, and I always wanted a song that is "all out" like that on a record. I am glad that it made the record.
Watch the music video for "The Otherside" from Red Sun Rising: