Red Sun Rising

The Chameleon Club Presents

Red Sun Rising

Starset, Gemini Syndrome, Badflower

Wed, February 15, 2017

7:00 pm

Chameleon Club

$12.50 - $15.00

This event is 18 and over

Red Sun Rising
Red Sun Rising
Rock music should be built to last. Since its genesis, the genre has been all about longevity not a "flavor of the month" or a "flash in the pan." Whether you go back to the seventies or nineties pillars, the goal was to create something that can be lived with for a lifetime. It still can be that way.
Akron, Ohio's Red Sun Rising—Mike Protich [vocals/guitar], Ryan Williams [guitar], Tyler Valendza [guitar], and Ricky Miller [bass/vocals]—proudly carry on that tradition with their full-length debut, Polyester Zeal [Razor & Tie].
"It's not today's rock, but it's a new alternative," declares singer and guitarist Mike Protich. "We want to uphold the foundation with subtle nuances of what's familiar. It's fresh because we're telling our story through that framework."
Sharing that story has been the goal since first breaking onto the scene in 2012. Akron is no stranger to rock 'n' roll, serving as home to everybody from Black Keys and Devo to Chrissie Hynde. That buzzing industrial landscape remains fertile ground for musicians to this day.
"A lot of people don't realize that Akron's a really cool, artsy community," says Mike. "There's great food, local beers, and culture. Because it's somewhat off the national grid, there's a real tightknit music scene. We spawned off of that. There are a lot of factories around and the grit seeps into the music too."
The work ethic is another trait Red Sun Rising embrace. Through tireless gigging, they built up an impressive local fan base, soon attracting the attention of multiple labels. Razor & Tie rushed to Akron in the Fall of 2014 and signed the band following a sold out hometown show.
"I guess we played well that night," chuckles Mike.
The band headed to Los Angeles shortly after to cut Polyester Zeal with celebrated producer Bob Marlette [Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Seether]. They managed to siphon the pure, potent, powerful guitar chemistry, towering vocals, and muscular rhythms into the record's 11 tracks with all of the "grit" intact.
"Bob helped us execute creating the record we wanted to make for a long time," adds the frontman. "He knew how to achieve it. His philosophy was, 'You guys have all the colors to paint the perfect picture. I'm just going to show you how to use them.' That was cool."
The first single "The Otherside" sees thick clean guitars clash with an unshakable refrain that's as airy as it is anthemic. Penned by Ryan and Mike, it's an immediately inviting introduction into the group's sound.
"You can take it a couple of different ways," he explains. "While you're here on earth, it doesn't matter what troubles you go through—you're always going to come through on the other side. You could also look at it is just overcoming life's obstacles because of the support you receive from those around you. It grabs you and shows our vibe."
"Emotionless" commences with a calculated blues-inspired riff before spiraling out into a macabre fairytale that's equally heavy and hypnotic.
"I had a nightmare with a really creepy storyline," recalls Mike. "I vaguely remember it now. This woman I loved was sleeping, but I couldn't wake her up. She was laying there motionless and emotionless. I linked those two things. I don't know what's scarier that or the fact Ryan and I put it together in twenty minutes on an acoustic in his mom's basement when I told him!"
Album opener "Push" steamrolls ahead on a battering ram of distortion and a slick, sputtering verse, while "Imitation" highlights the inimitable incendiary interplay of six-stringers Ryan and Tyler.
"They went back and forth on the solos in that one," Mike goes on. "Bob panned it so if you listen to it in stereo it's like you're watching on stage. You hear each solo go to the side of the stage where they'd be."
Elsewhere, "Amnesia" serves as a declaration of carpe diem bolstered by fiery fretwork and another expansive harmony. "It's about owning every moment that you're living because each instance defines you as a person," he exclaims. "You don't know what's coming or what will make a difference, so you have to embrace all of it. It won't be there forever."
However, Polyester Zeal will be, and it firmly establishes Red Sun Rising's place in rock.
"The title sums it up," concludes Mike. "Zeal is something you strive for, while Polyester is obtainable. The juxtaposition is, 'What's your obtainable dream?' Ours is to tell stories through these songs. Hopefully, it makes you feel something. That's what rock is supposed to do after all."
Starset
Starset
In the early hours of New Years Day 2013, a radio astronomer at the Allen Telescope Array in northern California discovered a mysterious signal emanating from a star within the Ophiuchus Constellation.

Contained within the signal was a Message--of human origin--foretelling the details of man's imminent demise. The Message was brought to The Starset Society, who quickly realized the importance of its immediate publication.

Risking extreme danger, The Starset Society commissioned a group of musicians and scientists to assist them in spreading the knowledge to a broader audience. This group became known simply as STARSET.

Please hold. STARSET will begin the TRANSMISSION of the Message to the public shortly.

ignorance : slavery :: knowledge : power

END TRANSMISSION
Gemini Syndrome
Gemini Syndrome
Bursting on the scene, comes Gemini Syndrome from Los Angeles. And by bursting that is no understatement. Although only officially a band since January 2010, they are poised to become the next big thing happening in music. Their spectacular live show, brilliant musicianship accompanied by Aaron Nordstrom's melodic voice that still retains that metal edge, have raised the bar in the Los Angeles rock scene.

Rich Juzwick (Guitar) - Gemini Syndrome was borne out of Rich's great riffs with an ear for arrangements and the development of the music.

Aaron Nordstrom (Vox) - His melodic harmonies prefacing clear legible growls are fantastic, and his tone, timing, and lyrics are what make him a truly talented vocalist.

Brian Steele Medina (Drums) - Incredible backbone and clean beats, that aren't over bearing. A very visual drummer with great stage presence.

Mike Salerno (Guitar) - Brilliant guitar player whose rhythms set the tone for the harmonic flow of the music, and backing vocals that make the live show sonically full.

Alessandro "A.P." Paveri (Bass) - Talented italian born bass player that lends not only exceptional bass lines to the rhythm, but his unique bass style is also vitally important to the bands sound.

Gemini Syndrome is one of those perfect storms that come along in music every now and then, to create a package that works wonders. By no means is this is "local" band trying to make it in the scene. Produced by Mikey Doling (Snot/Soulfly/InVitro), even their live show lends credence to the fact that this is a polished product, ready to conquer. Their songs are hook after hook and are radio friendly tunes that connect with listeners, regardless of what genre they follow. That is the key; this is not a metal band or pop band or any one thing. They incorporate many influences to develop their own sound that crosses over musical genres. As well produced as they are, their live performance is every bit of what is on their recordings and so much more.


Bursting on the scene, comes Gemini Syndrome from Los Angeles. And by bursting that is no understatement. Although only officially a band since January 2010, they are poised to become the next big thing happening in music. Their spectacular live show, brilliant musicianship accompanied by Aaron Nordstrom's melodic voice that still retains that metal edge, have raised the bar in the Los Angeles rock scene.
Badflower
A predatory catcaller. A tortured, addicted lover. A jaded, blue-collar bar band singer. A cold-blooded killer. With characters like these, you may feel as though you're watching a film, not listening to a rock 'n' roll record. These are just some of the compelling characters from the debut EP from L.A.'s Badflower, a fledgling rock band of cinematic proportions. The EP's songs showcase an exciting young group of musicians and a star talent in frontman Josh Katz. Long fascinated with movie music, his dark lyrics reveal a storyteller sophisticated beyond his 24 years. "I enjoy putting myself in other people's shoes, and imagining their thoughts, expressing those hidden terrors and fears," explains Katz about the roleplaying nature of his lyric-writing. "By acting them out, I try to stress how wrong these attitudes can be, but still show how easy they are to adopt." Badflower's songs play like short-films, with Katz portraying the various characters. Some are sympathetic, and some are monsters. These moral contradictions create a tension supported and reinforced by the music beneath. As his chief collaborator, lead guitarist Joey Morrow is responsible for much of Badflower's signature sound: snaky, psychedelic guitar riffs, often building to powerful rock rhythms over the course of a song. Bassist Alex Espirtu and drummer Anthony Sonetti provide a strong backbone, and Katz's tenor regularly turns on a dime from world-weary clarity to a violent snarl. Despite the intricacies, this is music for large rooms and big crowds – a throwback to the days when rock music could reach the wide masses, shake up the status quo, even save souls. "I'd like to change the world," says Katz. "I still believe rock 'n' roll has the potential to do that. We are committed to building this into a mountain, a skyscraper. We've all pushed each other to get better." With their debut EP, Badflower seems up to the challenge.
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
http://www.chameleonclub.net/