Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Red

GRAMMY-nominated Christian rock band discuss life on the road and how other artists influenced the songwriting process for their new album, Release The Panic
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April 23, 2013 -- 4:14 pm PDT

Christian rock band Red recently visited the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. The band discussed receiving their first career GRAMMY nomination, touring and how other artists inspired them to write songs for their new album, Release The Panic, among other topics.

"We spend a lot of time writing in this band. For [Release The Panic] … we spent a good year and a half writing the songs," said Red guitarist Anthony Armstrong. "We're big fans of Muse. When Muse released their record that was a really cool moment for us to step back from our creative process and listen to what [those] guys did. … We get a lot of enjoyment out of what other people are doing, how they create and how their brain works when it comes to music."

Comprising Armstrong (guitar), his twin brother Randy Armstrong (bass), Michael Barnes (vocals), and Joe Rickard (drums), Nashville-based Red released their debut album, End Of Silence, in 2006. The album peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and earned the quartet their first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Or Rap Gospel Album. Red received a second GRAMMY nomination in the same category for their sophomore album, 2009's Innocence & Instinct, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 with hits such as the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock track "Death Of Me" (No. 9). Red followed with 2011's Until We Have Faces and released their latest album, Release The Panic, in February 2013.

Produced by two-time GRAMMY Producer Of The Year nominee Howard Benson, Release The Panic peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The album includes 10 tracks co-written by Red, including the title track and "Perfect Life."

Red are currently in the midst of a U.S. tour, with dates scheduled through July. 

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