Red Focus on Identity With 'Until We Have Faces' -- Full Album Stream
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"Every record cycle, I think we mature as people and we mature as writers and musicians," guitarist Anthony Armstrong told Noisecreep. "We wrote some pretty heavy songs on this record -- heavy sonically, but also heavy in talking about the body of the song. The songs are heavy on your mind, heavy on your heart."
AOL is streaming 'Until We Have Faces' in its entirety right now, so you can hear the sonic and emotional weight of Red's newest release, which hits stores properly tomorrow.
Always ones to be close to their fans, the foursome noticed a common thread as they spoke to concert-goers after shows. "We noticed a lot of kids are struggling with identity," the guitarist explained, "struggling with walking the halls of their high school or the streets of their own, wondering what it is they are here for and who God is. We feel like we wrote a record that is a soundtrack for those people; to have an anthem.
"'Until We Have Faces' is an album about identity and finding yourself. Letting you, yourself, define the world rather than the world get in and define you."
Armstrong noted the track 'Feed the Machine' as his favorite on the album. "It's us pointing a sarcastic finger at ourselves and at the people that have let the world define them," he said, expounding on the album's opener. "It's this 'give up, give up, you've already fed the machine' -- all those things in the world that are negative, all those things that don't have any effect on us that can be inspiring."
By the song's middle, the shout becomes "wake up, wake up, and kill the machine." Armstrong says at this point that the message is clear. "Throw everything you've got down and realize you don't have a face, you're not your own person. You haven't defined yourself."
To truly keep this a record the two-time Grammy-nominated band and fans wout remember, Red asked fans to send in pictures of themselves to be added to a digital mosaic promoting the album. "Our fans are someone to us. Making them a part of the record is as important as we make ourselves a part of it. It's for ourselves, but it's for our fans who need someone to be a voice for them."