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RED MONDAY - Red Monday (Review)

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85%
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BEST TRACKS
Produced By: 
Jim Miller / Mixed: Larry Millas
Running Time: 
48
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
USA
Musical Style: 
Classic Rock
Label: 
Indie
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Release Year: 
2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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There are a lot of big names releases this year already with plenty more to come. It’s just one of those banner years. But we must not ignore the newer bands and indie releases as it isn’t just the big boys that can deliver.
 
One such act is Illinois rockers Red Monday. Formed around guitarist/songwriter and producer Jim Miller and mixed and mastered by Ides Of March’s Larry Millas, with guest spots from Millas and fellow Ideas man Scott May; Red Monday produce a brand of guitar driven classic rock with an organic Midwestern feel.
 
Sometimes the guitars break out a little more such as the spirited opener She’s On Fire and the fast paced Sanctuary and bar room rocker You Move Me.
Elsewhere on the album the sound diversifies into Tom Petty, John Kilzer and John Mellencamp territory, albeit with a more prominent guitar presence.
It’s quite a varied album, but the best quality here is the production – it’s a big sound for an indie release and Millas has delivered a very balanced mix.
 
There’s a lot to like about this album. The only small issue I have is with the vocals. Singer Rick Harris has a tone that’s not for everyone and I think takes away from a couple of songs. On others it’s no issue at all, but surprisingly Jim Miller takes lead on the upbeat southern rocker Broken Promises and I find myself preferring his voice over the main one.
That’s a small issue though and one which different folks are going to have different views on.
 

Fans of classic rock, Midwestern Americana and 80s American hard rock should take a listen to the album via the showcase on this site.
They might just be another new band worth adding to your collection.
 

 

Score: 
85
 
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RED MONDAY - Red Monday (Showcase)

Artist: 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Red Monday
Produced By: 
Jim Miller
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
USA
Genre: 
Classic Rock
Categories: 
 

 

·         Jim Miller has been a songwriter and musician for most of his life.

·         If you had asked him in his 20s if he’d be making a record in his 50s, he would have looked at you like you were crazy.

·         As a young songwriter and musician back in the 80s, making albums was reserved for the handful of bands that received record contracts and distribution deals.  That record deal never happened. No album was made.

·         Flash forward 25 years.  The spark for the Red Monday project ignited about 2 years ago when Jim ran into some old band mates at a former music club’s reunion show.

·         Following that chance meeting, Jim Miller, Rick Harris (lead vocal) and Mike McCarron (drums) get together and begin working on some of Jim’s original material. Jeff Kylloe was brought in to handle the bass duties.

·         Jim decides he’s like to turn this collection of songs into an album.

·         Thanks to today’s modern recording technology, it no longer takes a 6-figure budget, producer and engineer to make a great-sounding record and, the internet offers musicians the means to distribute music directly to their fans.

·         Basic tracks were recorded at McCarron’s Octagon Studio with Mike as engineer.  The album was finished, mixed and mastered at Jim Peterik’s World Stage Studios with Larry Millas (Ides Of March) at the controls.

·         The songs are amazing. The sound of the record is phenomenal.  This is a collection of 12 radio-friendly hits containing heartfelt lyrics, soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, powerful drums and memorable hooks.

·         It’s a modern rock album steeped in the power and melody reminiscent of the British and American Classic Rock songbook.

·         The album has been called “New Classic Rock”

 

 
I’ve been a songwriter and musician for most of my life. But if you would had asked me in my 20s if I’d be making a record in my 50s, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.  But somehow, whether by coincidence or destiny, the stars and moons have aligned so that I can share my new project, band and CD… Red Monday.
 
The spark for the Red Monday project ignited about 2 years ago when I attended a very special concert, organized by Guy Arnston, the former Editor of the Illinois Entertainer Newspaper. Billed as a Haymaker’s Reunion, Guy was able to reunite some of Chicago’s rock royalty from the 70’s and 80’s who played the legendary Haymaker’s club.
 
It was great to see bands like Pezband, Tantrum and The Hounds – acts who had signed record deals and gone on to some national fame back in their heyday – reunited and up on stage performing together again.
 
It was at this show that I reconnected with several old musician friends and former bandmates including singer - Rick Harris.  In the days following, as the buzz about the Haymaker’s show spread, I heard from an old drummer friend – Mike McCarron.  Catching up with Harris and McCarron, I was inspired to pick up the guitar, start writing and jamming again with my former band mates, and pull out an old notebook full of original songs - one of which had been penned exactly 25 years earlier to the day.
 
25 years ago, getting signed to a major label record deal was tough, and the thought of putting out a record independently was a pipe dream. Hiring a producer, engineer and securing studio time was astronomically expensive. Even if you could afford to make a record, a band still needed a record company to distribute the album into record stores (remember those?).
 
Thankfully, today, the indie music movement has changed everything and leveled the playing field. Musicians no longer need the blessing, approval or financing of a record company to make an incredible sounding record that rivals music being released by the major labels. The internet allows independent musicians and bands to distribute their music to a worldwide audience without the need for record companies or distributors, and, social media is the conduit that connects music with fans.
 
I’m not sure whether it was coincidence or destiny that brought us here, but it is with great pleasure that I share the debut CD from Red Monday. Featuring:
Rick Harris (Lead Vocal)
Mike McCarron (Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals)
Jeff Kylloe (Bass)
and myself, Jim Miller  (Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, and Backing Vocals)
 
Red Monday is steeped in the power, melody and movement reminiscent of the British and American Classic Rock songbook. Each track is crafted to evoke emotions through heartfelt lyrics, soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, dynamic drum grooves and memorable hooks. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to check out our music.
~ Jim Miller
 
 
Red Monday website

http://redmondaymusic.com

Red Monday is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-monday/id893445639?uo=4

as well as 90 other online music outlets around the world including: CD Baby, Amazon mp3, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, and more.

 

 
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