Colorado is not typically the first place that people think of when they think of major centers of music. Though, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats definitely helped put the state on the musical map last year with the release of its eponymous 2015 full-length studio recording. Now another Colorado-based band is looking to make its mark on the state’s musical community with the release of its new EP Voices. The band goes by the name of Red Tide Rising. The five-song record is available now. Listening through the nineteen-minute record it can be said of the band that it is ready to be not just one of the Denver music scene’s next big names but that of the mainstream rock realm, too.
Red Tide Rising’s new EP Voices, which was produced and co-written by Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce (except for ‘You’re Nothing), is not the Littleton, Colorado-based hard rock quartet’s record. It is however the band’s first real chance at breaking through and becoming part of the mainstream rock realm. That is clear in the disc’s searing closer ‘New Breed’ both in its musical arrangement and its lyrical theme. The band waste’s no time getting listeners’ attention with the song’s musical arrangement. Guitarist Andrew Whiteman (front man Matthew Whiteman’s brother) launches right into the song with a full throttle Spineshank style riff. Drummer Guerin establishes the song’s foundation alongside bassist Michae LeBois’ solid low end. The combined sound of each line makes for a song that despite being the record’s closer, is its most powerful musical statement. Of course one would be remiss to ignore front man Matthew Whiteman’s vocals talents as part of the song’s success. Whiteman channels Mushroomhead front man Jeffrey Nothing in this song The similarity between the two front men’s vocal styles is especially evident in the song’s chorus. Speaking of Whiteman, Whiteman’s words are just as powerful and impacting here as are his vocals and the talents of his band mates. Whiteman sings of false friends—those people who talk out of both sides of their mouths, lifting up a person on one side while discreetly tearing them down on the other side—in this song. Considering this, the driving energy being exuded by the song’s musical arrangement makes it a solid match with the song’s lyrical theme. It serves quite well to illustrate the negative energy of those people and at the same time the frustration felt by those who have been wronged by those same people. Keeping all of this in mind, it serves collectively to show why this song is Voices’ anchor despite being the record’s closer. It is just one example of what makes Voices potentially Red Tide Rising’s breakout record. The equally blistering ‘You’re Nothing (But S***)’ is another of the record’s most important compositions.
‘New Breed’ is an important inclusion in Red Tide Rising’s latest offering. It is just one of the record’s most notable compositions. The equally searing ‘You’re Nothing (But S***)’ is just as notable as ‘New Breed’ thanks in part to its radio ready musical arrangement. [Andrew] Whiteman leads the way once again here as he craft’s a solid melodic hard rock sound in the song’s guitar line. Guerin and LeBois follow Whiteman’s lead, working with him to establish a solid foundation for the song in its musical arrangement. The song’s musical arrangement establishes a solid foundation for the song. It is just one part of what makes this song such an impacting work. [Matthew] Whiteman’s lyrics build on that musical foundation to make the song one of the EP’s strongest moments if not its strongest moment overall. Much as in the case of ‘New Breed’ Whiteman addresses those types who live just to make others’ lives miserable. That is evident as he sings, “The bridge is burned/I’m not concerned/I never thought poor to you/In the end/We’ve all gone mad/the story ends here for you/I’m not your slave/I’m not your boss/I’ll never be your g**d***ed scapegoat.” That’s a pretty telling statement to say the very least. This is someone that is done with people’s garbage and their games. It is that proverbial musical middle finger to said subjects. Now given, this is hardly the first time that any singer/band has ever tackled such a subject. Yet Whiteman still manages to make his own impact here. That impact doesn’t end here. He goes on to sing along with his band mates in the song’s chorus, “I don’t care/What the world has given you/You’re nothing, nothing/I don’t care/What the f*** you think of me/You’re nothing but s*** like me.” Whiteman doesn’t let up an inch from here. He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Run your mouth/Everyday/Throw your fit and walk away/B**** at this/B**** at that/Get out of my face/You psychopath.” From here, Whiteman and company reprise the song’s chorus before launching into one more lyrical salvo. That final verbal assault is no less intense musically or in terms of Whiteman’s aggressive delivery of said lyrical venom. As a matter of fact it is just as intense as the song’s previous verses. Keeping that in mind, the whole of this song proves in the end to be quite the volatile composition. That is meant in the best way possible, too. Simply put, the combination of the song’s musical arrangement and its caustic lyrical content makes it one of this record’s strongest showings and possibly even its strongest. It still is not the last example of what makes Voices such a solid outing for Red Tide Rising. The disc’s defiant opener ‘Writing on the Wall’ is one more example of what makes Voices solid.
‘New Breed’ and ‘You’re Nothing (But S***)’ are both key examples of what makes Voices a solid new effort from Red Tide Rising. Both songs offer content—both musical and lyrical—that makes each radio ready songs. They are not the record’s only radio ready offerings. The record’s defiant opener ‘Writing On The Wall’ could just as easily be used as a single for the record. As with the previously noted songs this song’s musical arrangement serves as the basis for this argument. The song opens with a slow, brooding guitar line from Andrew Whiteman. It doesn’t take long before the rest of the band joins in and really launches the song. Matthew’s lyrics are just as hard hitting here as in the EP’s other noted compositions, as is his delivery of said lyrics. He sings here, “I refuse to be left behind/In dust/Haunted by/The ones I lost/But they’re the fire/That keeps on burning/The light shining in the dark/My voice/Can you hear me/My voice has just begun/My eyes have seen the beating/I have witnessed/The writing on the wall.” This is just a small dose of Whiteman’s verbal assault here. He goes on to sing in the song’s third verse of facing even more negativity but then goes on to remind himself in the song’s chorus once more of what keeps him going. So it is very similar lyrically speaking. And in the bigger picture of the EP’s five songs, it too carries that ongoing theme of facing the negativity in life bravely rather than letting it hold one’s self down. Keeping this in mind, that theme couples with the song’s musical and lyrical content to show once more why it is yet another of the key offerings from Voices. Of course it is hardly the last of the disc’s notable songs. ‘Suffocate’ and ‘The Sound of Voices Screaming’ are both impressive in their own right, too. They partner with the songs more directly discussed here to show why Voices is, in whole, the record that could help Red Tide Rising *ahem* rise to rock’s mainstream realm.
Red Tide Rising’s new EP Voices only boasts five songs and runs only nineteen minutes in length. That isn’t much. But in the course of that time, the Denver, Colorado-based quartet shows that it is truly a band ready to “rise” to rock’s mainstream realm. That is evident in both the record’s musical and lyrical content from beginning to end. The musical arrangements in each of its featured songs are on the same level as so many of today’s major mainstream rock songs. Its recurring theme of facing the negatives in life with confidence in each song’s lyrical content is just as important to note. When all of those elements are combined, they make a whole that from beginning to end is a record that could break the band into rock’s mainstream realm. It is available now and will be available at all of the band’s upcoming live dates. Those dates are available online now along with all of the band’s latest news, member bios, and more at:
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