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The Rock-itt : September 2010
Melbourne 's very own Reggae Superstars (PBS FM) are back in NSW by popular demand, touring off the back of their massive national album launch for RED ARMY. Three years in the making, Red Army captures the massive live sound that The Red Eyes have become known for through their energetic live shows around the country. Red Army delivers a layered, intricately produced album. If an energetic performance is something that audiences expect from The Red Eyes then this album will not fail to please. More extroverted than their last release, Red Army uses diverse production, from live studio takes to intricate programming, to blast their unique sound into an explosion of styles and see the group once more defying simple genre descriptions. The title Red Army harks back to the formation of the workers movement, representing, symbolically, the bloodshed by the working class in its struggle against oppression, and the belief that all people are equal. For The Red Eyes, the title suggests an egalitarian sentiment while also reflecting on the iconography and themes of war that underpin almost every culture around the globe. This long awaited 2nd studio album for the band, Red Army has already received critical acclaim, including 'Album of the week' on Radio Australia and PBS FM. Described as 'a cracker of a Dub/Reggae album' (The Age) this new album is set to eclipse their past three releases, seeing them forge forward with their unique and alternative blend of Dub/Reggae grooves. "Red Army is expertly produced dub goodness...full character, tight, catchy and brimming with soul. " (Chris Chinchilla, Inpress, May 2010) Red Army was recorded with another soon to be released album. After getting most of their huge list of new tracks down in the studio, the band realised they had two distinct themes, and the idea to create an "A" and a "B" side album was born. The "A" album RED ARMY is focused on outward commentary. It has a party vibe, and reflects the live quality that The Red Eyes present on stage. The not yet titled "B" Album, set for release in early 2011, is more personal and introverted, with a dub, instrumental and acoustic focus. Plans are underway for The Red Eyes to release their new material in NZ and Japan later this year with a European Tour to follow next year. The Red Eyes are performing at Manly Fishos on Friday 10 September. Don't miss this show!