- BY TOM NETHERLAND | SPECIAL TO THE HERALD COURIER
- Mar 23, 2018 Updated Mar 23, 2018
Rock’s Red Sun Rising uncork a time capsule of a new album, “Thread,” in five days.
“You nailed it,” said Mike Protich, lead singer of Red Sun Rising. “It’s us. It’s forever. You just recorded history. It’s history.”
Experience the essence of straightforward rockers Red Sun Rising on Wednesday, March 28 at Capone’s in Johnson City. An intimate venue for a band that features a relatable sound seems fitting.
“Fantastic,” Protich said while cruising toward home in Akron, Ohio. “We’re just a really good live band with really good songs. We’re a rock band. We’re a five-piece rock band who are suckers for melodies.”
Red Sun Rising fit a mold established long ago during the genre’s much-ballyhooed arena rock era. Crisp melodies jibe with infectious choruses amid lyrics that fit well in a person’s craw.
“Our music is very easy to sing along with, but our lyrics make you think,” Protich said. “Bands today on the radio sound too much alike. We concentrate on the melody first.”
Some groups write songs on the fly in the studio. For Red Sun Rising, it’s more of a from-the-ground-up process.
“We write everything on acoustic guitar first,” Protich said. “You’ve got to make the song stand on its own. I think bands rely too much on technology. We make the songs stand on their own, and then we make them cool.”
Imagine a Corvette on Chevrolet’s assembly line. Long before it boogies down the boulevard it begins in pieces. Gradually and methodically it’s cobbled to life to form a four-wheeling essence of cool. Red Sun Rising approach songs in a similar manner.
“You have a song skeleton,” Protich said, “and then you put the meat on it.”
Bon appétit. Fans feasted on a pair of tunes from the band’s 2015 LP, “Polyester Zeal.” Lead single “The Otherside” and its follow-up “Emotionless” rose to the number one slot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.
To date, “The Otherside” racked up more than seven million streams on Spotify. “Emotionless” garnered six million. Consequently, pressure mounts on riveting rockers such as “Left For Dead” and “Deathwish” from their forthcoming album.
“Some will connect better than others,” Protich said. “Staying creative. We can always get better at songwriting.”
Take “Left For Dead,” which recently dropped on Spotify.
“‘Left For Dead’ is a personal song for me,” Protich said. “I leave it open for interpretation for others. For me, it’s a stereotype of a family being ripped apart and separated. That’s my story. It’s real.”
Yeah, singing lead in a nationally touring rock ‘n’ roll band defines as comparatively rare and completely awesome. However, even the most freewheeling of bands get serious sometimes.
“Everything we write comes from something personal,” Protich said. “We don’t write music that’s generic.”
For instance, illuminate “Deathwish.” As the title implies, it’s not certainly not a do-wah-ditty.
“That was inspired by the Pygmalion effect, which is a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Protich said. “Unfortunately, we knew someone like that, and it didn’t help his life. It ruined his life.”
Red Sun Rising motor along another rail of tracks altogether. Formed in 2007 when Protich met guitarist Ryan Williams, the band’s slow train to notoriety initially fueled up in an unlikely place.
“The first time we met was at a gas station. We were getting gas,” Protich said. “I’d seen his band before and knew they were looking for a singer. We exchanged numbers. From there began Red Sun Rising.”
Gassed on a batch of beguiling new songs from an exquisite new album, Red Sun Rising amount to a band full of bad moons on the rise. They’re veterans, they’re eager, and they’re on the way to East Tennessee.
“From the gas station to playing in Johnson City,” Protich said. “On stage, it’s a sweet feeling.”