Red City Radio are thrilled to announce their upcoming full-length album Paradise will be released December 4, 2020 via Pure Noise Records. There is - obviously - a great irony in naming any album released in 2020 Paradise. It's a year that's been anything but on so many levels that it doesn't even bear getting into. Yet that's exactly what Red City Radio decided to title its fourth full-length record. It also might seem an odd thing for a band that has always kind of been the underdog to do, but, in fact, it's very much in keeping with their unstoppable disposition and the resilience that has flowed through music since the band started in 2007.
"We took the album title from the song of the same name," explains vocalist/guitarist Garrett Dale, "which is about finding your own paradise - even if that's just a hard journey you're going to take. That's what paradise means to me - a paradise of the mind, finding truth and peace and love through your honest, horrible realities. It's all how you look at it, all perception. Paradise can even be a prison if you look at it that way."
"It's this internal state that you find within yourself," agrees guitarist Ryan Donovan, "within your own journey, within your own reconciliations with your own demons, or even just finding peace inside in whatever it is that you love in whatever capacity. People find paradise in just sitting at home on the couch with their dog or cat, people find paradise writing music, people find paradise painting or reading - it's all kind of conceptual and internalized."
The 12 songs that make up Paradise can, if you want them to, act as a kind of mirror of the soul - one that you can look into to analyze who and where you are and, more, importantly, what you can do, even if things seem overwhelmingly bad, to push through.
This isn't some kind of cheesy self-help record, though. It's full of the same trials and tribulations that have always plagued Red City Radio. It's just that this time, more than ever before, the defiance was pushing back against the bad stuff has been replaced by a very palpable sense of hope. It's not just in Dale's lyrics, either - even when they discuss the darker elements of life - but also in the upbeat crunch of "Baby Of The Year", the almost carefree romanticism of "Young, Beautiful & Broke", the title track's sunny guitar licks and riffs, the joyous, rollicking, Thin Lizzy-esque swagger of "Doin' It For Love", the soul-quenching attitude of "Fremont Casino."
Recorded at The Cereal Box in Edmond, OK with the All American Rejects' Mike Kennerty - who also produced and recorded the band's 2018 SkyTigers EP - and mastered at the Blasting Room by Jason Livermore, Paradise is the first Red City Radio release to feature bassist Derik Envy, who joined in 2019.
Rounded out by founding drummer Dallas Tidwell, the chemistry of this incarnation of Red City Radio is both obvious and infectious. Yet while there is positivity within these songs, the bare-bones emotional charge that has always defined Red City Radio is still very present. Musically, too, the band continues to expand and evolve - while the Fest-style punk of their early years is still audible in the framework of their songs, this is a band that has vastly expanded its horizons.