Red Sun Rising Album "Thread" Reviewed by Small Town Titans
Hi reader, Jonny Ross of Small Town Titans here to review Red Sun Rising’s new album “Thread”. If you’re looking for a solid straight up rock record to listen to right now, this is it. I’ve already heard some of these tunes on the radio so needless to say, this seems to be the album that really has the goal of making Red Sun Rising a household name to a rock fan. But before I go any further, it’s story time!
I met the Red Sun Rising boys years ago. I went to school at Lebanon Valley College for a BA in Music Business. One of the most rewarding and challenging courses they offer involves putting together and hosting the Vale music business conference every year around Thanksgiving. This is the real deal. It’s student run but it’s overseen by department head Professor Jeff Snyder, and it was one of my favorite experiences at LVC. During my senior year I was chosen to run the conference.
We needed a big moment for the event, and Red Sun Rising came to the rescue. As luck would have it, an LVC alumni, and my neighbor growing up (how’s THAT for a small world reference?), was working with this up and coming band, and we were able to secure them for an interview and live performance at the conference. It was fantastic and I ended up having a few drinks with the boys later that evening. Needless to say when I was asked to review their new record, I jumped at the chance!
I genuinely like this band. There’s a lot of raw talent in the group and it’s been very cool to see all of their continued success. The songs are great, and there’s always a nice touch of something cool in the songs to let you know it is indeed Red Sun Rising. This record further solidifies who the band is.
“Fascination” is an interesting start. By the first chorus Mike Protich’s vocals are front and center. The song drives on with more momentum throughout and has a surprisingly longer end. The lyrics match the vibe of the song. They are slightly vague and mysterious, questioning the listener throughout. It’s a very cool song, and it sets the tone to let the listener though they are about to here a full rock album.
Next is the band’s latest single “Left For Dead”, and I can see why it is one. One of the coolest things to me with this tune is this sort of dichotomy between the vibe of the song and the lyrics. A nice acoustic guitar starts things off paired lyrics with some angst. The chorus is strong and memorable, a pretty constant theme throughout the rest of the album as well, especially on songs like “Deathwish”, “Stealing LIfe”, and “El Lazo” These tunes will get stuck in your head.
It’s also the fun stuff that makes the record worth listening to me. Get ready for a mexican vibe in a later chorus on “Deathwish”, piano with some amazing chord changes in “Stealing LIfe” and some more piano on “Rose”. As a musician, it’s the little things I love with a lot of these songs, like the amazing chord changes in “Fascination”, and “Stealing Life”, or the panning guitars in “Clarity” (listen to that one through headphones for sure), or the phone voicemail intro for “Benny Two Dogs”, a personal song no doubt.
“Veins” is a definite contender for a future single with it’s directly positive lyrics, great riff, and driving intensity not unlike a Foo Fighters classic. My choice for next single though would have to be “Stealing Life”. It’s a welcome change of pace at track 4. The piano brings a nice touch to this one, and the chorus is simply fantastic, taking the song in a different direction than expected. This is a well written song that will translate on the radio, for acoustic performances and more. The record ends with the nasty riff in “Evil Like You”. It’s so good I wish it wasn’t the last track!
Overall, Red Sun Rising is ready to get in your head with some great songs for you to listen to right now. This rock band is straight up with their approach and brings enough little nuances to the table to let you know it’s them. I congratulate them on a job well done and wish them all the best on their upcoming huge summer tour with Godsmack and Shinedown. Don’t miss this record and don’t miss the show!