Tuesday, June 25, 2024
New Music

Changes Abound With Red Sun Rising’s Lastest Album “Thread”

–By Ashley Cox

Red Sun Rising’s sophomore Album, Thread drops today and sorry fans, its no Polyester Zeal. The band, Mike Protich (vocals/guitar), Ryan Williams (guitar), Ricky Miller (bass/vocals), Dave McGarry (guitar/vocals) and Pat Gerasia (drums), still hosts the same smooth vocal harmonies but the some of the bright expressiveness from the guitar found on Polyester Zeal is gone.


The band has also polished their image… long, grunge-era hair has been replaced to slick gelled coifs, ragged t-shirts with button ups and wide brimmed hats. Much like the album, it seems much more produced, with cross over appeal in mind.


This album will earn RSR new fans but I fear at the cost of alienating some previous ones. Don’t get me wrong, the album is good. It will, and should, receive radio play. From the 11 track album, there are clear singles that are sure to be hits, including: “Left for Dead”, “Lonely Girl”, “Veins”, and the already chart-climbing, “Deathwish”.


I would have buried the first track “Fascination” deeper in the album and pulled forward “Deathwish” or “Lonely Girl”. I couldn’t tell when “Stealing Life” ended and “El Lazo” started. Many of the songs stay in the mid tempo range with a few slower tracks and even fewer fast ones. The final track “Evil Like You” gives a glimpse of the magic from Polyester Zeal, a mix of unique vocals and musicality.


I look forward to hearing these tracks live where they can have the raw edge and playfulness that made the first album so good. Even though they run the risk of alienating some fans just remember: good things are born of change.



Track list:


Left for Dead


Stealing Life

El Lazo

Lonely Girl



Benny Two Dogs


Evil Like You


Catch Red Sun Rising on tour now:

Headline Tour Dates

March 31 – Dallas, TX – Trees

April 3 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

April 5 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS

April 6 – Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock

April 7 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues

April 8 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar

April 10 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues

April 11 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver

April 13 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory

April 15 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey

April 16 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory

April 18 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

April 19 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon

April 20 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s

April 21 – Sioux City, IA – Anthem at Hard Rock

April 22 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge

April 24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

April 29 – Sunrise, FL –Welcome to Rockville

May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion

May 12 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion

May 18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range

May 25 & 26 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma

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