He told me, Red means run, son, numbers add up to nothin’
We stole our name from Neil Young’s “Powderfinger”. After going round and round for months on a name, we were reduced to stealing. And if you’re going to steal, do so from one of the best.
Our bassist, Craig, had met all of us at different times over the years and, in 2012, he got us in the same room to jam on a few of my songs. As none of us really knew each other very well, I don’t think anyone was really sure things would click. 5 years later, it’s safe to say they did.
A lot of people don’t like the term “alt-country” but I always have. Uncle Tupelo, Steve Earle, Whiskeytown, The Bottle Rockets, The Jayhawks, Wilco, Son Volt, The Waco Brothers, Old 97’s…these are all bands that I love and have defined the genre Red Means Run squarely fall into. Rock with a twang or as I like to say, “country songs with feedback”.
We recorded our first EP, All Things Said and Done, in 2013 at Milkboy Studios in Philadelphia. A 5 song recording session that features 4 songs that I wrote and our version of AC/DC’s “You Shoot Me All Night Long”. That last one does not appear on the EP as we don’t like paperwork and prefer to stay out of the legal system. I like to think of the songs on this record as snapshots of people struggling through the enduring themes of love, loss, heartache and redemption. We played a ton of shows to support this record – Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York City – and got to play with some really great bands along the way.
We went back to Milkboy in Philly in late 2015 to record our follow up EP, Love of Blindness. A collection o f 5 songs that barnstorm their way across the country rock spectrum. We even got a waltz in there. Albeit the loudest waltz you’ve ever heard.
We’ll be taking this new record up and down the East Coast in 2017.
Hope to see you there.
Ryan Wells, 1/23/17