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Kill the Machine Tour featuring RED

posted Jun 20, 2011, 4:12 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Jun 20, 2011, 4:34 PM ]

Riding off the increasing momentum of the release of their third album, Until We Have Faces, RED is currently headlining the Kill the Machine tour, with guests Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Taddy Porter, and Oh No Fiasco. On June 19, the tour came through RED’s hometown of Nashville, selling out the Exit/In for an extremely fun night of rock n’ roll.


From the outside, the Exit/In looks like a little hole-in-wall; from the inside, the Exit/In is a little hole-in-wall, with black walls, black ceilings, and black floors. Exit/In’s website says that is because “black is a slimming color.” With a floor packed from the stage to almost the front door, I ventured upstairs where I snagged a bar stool against the railing—perfect for this short girl to clearly see the stage and enjoy the show.


Unfortunately, I got there late and missed Oh No Fiasco. But I heard they put on a great show with their unique blend of alternative rock and dance/pop.


Rock band Taddy Porter took the stage with lots of long hair and a tight sound that was reminiscent of Audioslave.


Red Jumpsuit Apparatus acquired the attention of the crowd with punk rock and a mix of clean and screaming vocals. No longer with Virgin Records, RJA has decided to do things independently—and it doesn’t seem to be hurting them. Lead singer Ronnie Winter commented that the first time they played in Nashville it was for a crowd of seven people. But this time, RJA performed to easily 500 fans eagerly singing the lyrics to each song. Their set list including crowd favorites “False Pretense,” “Face Down,” “Choke,” and “Guardian Angel” and their current single “Reap” from their upcoming album, Am I The Enemy (August 23, 2011); “If you gain the whole world,” sang Winter, “but trade your soul, remember, you’ll reap what you sow. There’s no one to save you now. You’ll get what you deserve—your own place in hell.”


Dark, electronic beats continued to crescendo as the roadies set the stage for RED, building an electrifying energy in the anticipating crowd. The lights dimmed, and the kick drum glowed red atop an elevated drum stage, shining like a red moon into the crowd.  RED walked onto the stage and started the night with a bang, playing their current single “Feed the Machine” followed by “The Outside,” (both from Until We Have Faces) the heaviest songs the band has written. Feeding off their hometown crowd’s excitement, RED danced, jumped, and swung guitars in front of large LED panels that spanned the length of the stage. These panels (along with several other on-stage lights) created an intense light show that at times was almost blinding. The energy refused to die as they played a variety of songs that spanned all three albums, including “Let Go,” “Death of Me,” “Confession,” “Faceless,” “Watch You Crawl,” “Breathe Into Me,” “Not Alone,” “Best is Yet to Come,” and my personal favorite “Who We Are.”

Bassist Randy Armstrong took a moment to thank the wives of the band, noting that without their support, RED couldn’t do what they love—play rock music. He also wished all the fathers in the crowd a happy father’s day. He mentioned that he loves getting off the tour bus when they’re home and seeing his child’s smile.


RED’s popularity continues to increase—an astounding majority had never seen them in concert before. Their brilliant music and epic live shows will take them far. Catch them now while they’re still playing small venues and ticket prices are relatively cheap. You won’t regret it.


RED "Let Go" live at Exit/In

Words by: Sarah Brehm
Photos and Videos by: Sarah Brehm

RED "Feed the Machine" live at Exit/In


RED "Confession" live at Exit/In