Red Sun Rising is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio. Self-classified by the hashtag #WeAreThread, the band states that its musical influences are like threads in the fabric of its sound. As such, Red Sun Rising doesn’t fit into one particular genre.

Formed in 2006 by lead singer Mike Protich and guitarist Ryan Williams, Red Sun has seen many iterations, with 7 former members in its twelve year history. Throughout that time, the lone constants have been Protich and Williams, who have seen the band grow from local gigs in 2007, all the way to opening for national tours in 2013.

In 2014, the band would sign with Razor & Tie Recordings and begin work on their first major album, Polyester Zeal. Polyester Zeal would debut in August of 2015 at #11 on the Billboard Hard Rock album chart and see 4 separate singles rise to prominence. The album’s two biggest hits, “The Otherside” and “Emotionless” each would go on to reach No.1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, making the kids from Akron the first band since Trapt to reach number 1 twice on their first album. Further adding to the album’s prestige, their third single, “Amnesia” climbed as high as No. 6 on the same chart.

The band spent two years touring Polyester Zeal before returning to the studio to begin work on their second album, Thread, which is set to release March 30th, 2018. Although the album is not yet available, preview singles “Deathwish,” “Fascination,” and “Left for Dead,” have been released, with music videos being included for the first two. They also released a cover of Alanis Morissette’s “Uninvited,” complete with music video, in 2017.

The sky appears to be the limit for Red Sun Rising right now as almost everything they’ve touched has turned to gold. From their first smash single, “The Otherside,” being a last minute addition and being written in just under an hour, to the warm critical reception they’ve received for their cover of “Uninvited,” and the success of their early samples from Thread. They’ve toured with bands like Sick PuppiesGemini Syndrome, Breaking Benjamin and countless others, gaining recognition every step of the way, and it seems only a matter of time before they become a rock band household name, should the trajectory continue. If you haven’t heard or seen them live already, you have no idea what you’re missing.

Editor’s Note

Red Sun Rising generally passes through Dallas 2-3 times per year. Their next Dallas-based concert will be Saturday, March 31st at Trees in Dallas. Also performing will be local rock/metal band, Dark Avenue -expect to hear more about them from us in the future-, Reflecting Echoes, and Exotension.


Darreck W. Kirby

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