Introduce Your Band - RED REIGN (USA)
Wednesday 26 April 2017
If you long for the sounds of such vintage hard rock acts as Van Halen, Dokken, Queensryche, and Aerosmith (to name a few), then the Virginia-based quartet, Red Reign, is most definitely the band for you. Originally formed in summer of 2013 in Richmond, Red Reign singer/guitarist Carlton “Bubba” McMichael and drummer Sammy Lee started the group, after leaving a cover band to pursue all original music band. A month after putting the plan together, bassist Larry Moore was added to the band, and guitarist Stevie Shred was added in early fall of 2015 to complete the band.
The new EP is a follow-up to their debut full-length ('Chasing Shadows') - which was just released, that is being overseen by Grammy-nominated producer, David Ivory (Halestorm, Roots, Silvertide). «After signing with Chipster PR, we were directed to David Ivory, to help with the rewriting and rearrangement of songs for our upcoming CD» explains Sammy. «David made the songs flow better rhythmically and brought in fresh ideas, to build on the original foundation of the songs. He also brought a different vision of how the songs were played, to put the band in more of a mainstream direction.»
During the recording sessions, Sammy already had some favorite tracks to list off the upcoming disc. «All songs are great but a couple that stand out are "Not That Way", "Chains", "Toxic" and "Not That Way" is the most radio, mainstream song. It has a great hooks, melodies and so catchy that it will appeal to ALL music lovers».
And the band is already making believers out of the music press, such as the following quote from Pitriff.com - «Listening to Red Reign, vocalist/guitarist Carlton McMichael jumps to the forefront as the leader of this band. His voice is clean without sounding dated, and his guitar playing is about as good as any unsigned rock guitarist I've heard in awhile. While he's clearly a disciple of Eddie Van Halen, it's equally clear that his pallet has been fleshed out with everything from '70s era Blackmore through modern era crunch that is recognizable without having a figurehead player to hold it's mantle. McMichael is not a solo act though, as he's perfectly complimented by an underbelly created by bassist Larry Moore and drummer Sammy Lee». And now with Stevie on board, his George Lynch/Slash-type leads
will only power the band more.
While touring plans are yet to be determined in support of the just released EP, Sammy hints at what fans can expect when attending a Red Reign performance. «When coming to a Red Reign show, you can expect an energetic, enthusiastic, genuine, high energy rock show, that is reminiscent of the ‘80s rock bands».
Band Name (Origin, meaning)
The name RED REIGN came from our title track... Straight forward and to the point... Just like the song
Bubba - Lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar
Larry Moore - Bass, back up vocals
Stevie Shred - Lead/rhythm guitar, back up vocals
Sammy Lee - Drums
Melodic Hard Rock
Richmond, Va. USA
Chasing Shadows and the new EP RED REIGN