Dec 152012
 

The new RED album Release The Panic will be released on February 5.  The album will be available in both Deluxe and Standard editions. The Deluxe edition includes five additional songs; two brand new and three remixes of “Death of Me,” “Hymn for the Missing” and “Breathe Into Me.”  Check out below their new lyric video from for their song Release The Panic & another new song Perfect Life.

Fans will get a chance to hear songs from Release The Panic when the band jumps on the Winter Jam tour starting in January, followed by a spring headlining tour and select festival dates to be announced. Winter Jam dates & locations are listed below.

The band — vocalist Michael Barnes, guitarist Anthony Armstrong, bassist Randy Armstrong and drummer Joe Rickard — took the unusual step [for them, at least] of clearing the calendar and coming off the road in the first quarter of 2012. While previous RED projects had coalesced amidst the band’s hectic touring schedule, for Release The Panic the band decamped to Los Angeles and Benson’s brand-new West Valley Studios. While in L.A., the band lived, breathed, ate, slept and worked, constantly crafting these new tracks, an experience new and invigorating for all members.

“One of the things Howard stressed was that if he had heard it before, he didn’t want to hear it on this record,” says Rickard, “so that’s why we were really striving to make this as original as we could.”

At the same time, the band refused to stray away from its pull-no-punches brand of storytelling, with emotive lyrics dealing with mortality, abandonment, paths to redemption and the demands of a pop culture-obsessed society, as found on the initial single, “Perfect Life.”

“As we recorded in Los Angeles, the inspiration for that song was all around us, all the time,” Anthony Armstrong says. “So many people have themselves convinced they’re living the sweet life, the good life, and some have worked really hard to get there, but it’s the people who are trying, clawing their way to live this kind of life that’s troubling.”

Still, that quest for sonic originality led to some expansion of what RED has become known for: heavy, dark, driving and expansive, with Barnes’ gravelly, guttural, from-a-croon-to-a-scream approach solidifying his stand among rock’s top vocalists. Release The Panic keeps all that, but meshes in beats, loops, layered vocals and — dare we say it? — pop elements. The result is instantly identifiable as RED, but with a freshness that could help define the state of rock ‘n’ roll today.

“The thing I like about this record is that they’re very forward-thinking songs for a rock band,” Benson says. “These guys are sitting on a powder keg, frankly, and I just can’t wait for the rest of the world to hear it.”

Click image below to preorder:

Track Listing:
1. Release The Panic
2. Perfect Life
3. Die For You
4. Damage
5. Same Disease
6. Hold Me Now
7. If We Only
8. So Far Away
9. Glass House
10. The Moment We Come Alive

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:
11. Love Will Leave A Mark
12. As You Go
13. Hymn For The Missing [Guillotine remix]
14. Death of Me [Guillotine remix]
15. Breathe Into Me[Remix Acústica]

Winter Jam 2013 Dates
01/04 – Charleston, WV | Charleston Civic Center
01/05 – Charlotte, NC | Time Warner Cable Arena
01/06 – Chattanooga, TN | McKenzie Arena
01/11 – Jacksonville, FL | Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
01/12 – Tampa, FL | Tampa Bay Times Forum
01/13 – Mobile, AL | USA Mitchell Center
01/17 – Reading, PA | The Sovereign Center
01/18 – University Park, PA | Bryce Jordan Center
01/19 – Columbus, OH | Schottenstein Center
01/20 – Ft. Wayne, IN | Allen County Memorial Coliseum
01/25 – Kansas City, MO | The Sprint Center
01/26 – Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena
01/27 – Peoria, IL | Peoria Civic Center
01/31 – Evansville, IN | The Ford Center
02/01 – Milwaukee, WI | U.S. Cellular Arena
02/02 – Louisville, KY | Freedom Hall
02/07 – Fayetteville, NC | Crown Coliseum
02/08 – Greenville, SC | BI-LO Center
02/09 – Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
02/10 – Atlanta, GA | Philips Arena
02/14 – Augusta, GA | James Brown Arena
02/15 – Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena
02/16 – Greensboro, NC | Greensboro Coliseum
02/17 – Norfolk, VA | Scope Arena
02/22 – Cincinnati, OH | U.S. Bank Arena
02/23 – Chicago, IL | Sears Centre
02/24 – St. Louis, MO | Scottrade Center
03/01 – Omaha, NE | Omaha Civic Auditorium
03/02 – Oklahoma City, OK | Chesapeake Energy Arena
03/03 – Memphis, TN  | FedEx Forum
03/07 – Tupelo, MS | BancorpSouth Arena
03/08 – Bossier City, LA | CenturyLink Center
03/09 – Tulsa, OK | BOK Center
03/10 – Little Rock, AR | Verizon Arena
03/15 – Columbia, SC | Colonial Life Arena
03/16 – Lexington, KY | Rupp Arena
03/17 – Birmingham, AL | BJCC Arena
03/21 – Ypsilanti, MI | EMU Convocation Center
03/22 – Cleveland, OH | The Wolstein Center
03/23 – Champaign, IL | Assembly Hall
03/24 – Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena
03/28 – Springfield, MO | JQH Arena
03/29 – Wichita, KS | Intrust Bank Arena
03/30 – San Antonio, TX | AT&T Center
Tickets are $10 at the door.
JamTour.com for more information.

Video: Release The Panic

Video: Perfect Life

Related articles:
‘RED’ & ‘P.O.D’ To Play ‘Carolina Rebellion Festival 2012′ [Feb. 2012]
‘RED’ ‘Not Alone’ Fan Letters Video Available [March 2012]
Pictures from 17-04-2012 @ Tivoli, Utrecht, Netherlands
RED @ Atak, Enschede 19-04-2012 [Review]
Pictures from their 2011 European shows can be found here Xnoizz Flevo Fest. & Christmas Rocknight
Nashville Rockers ‘RED’ Back With ‘Release The Panic’, Lyric Video Available [Dec. 2012]

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