Columbus, OH band Red Wanting Blue is finally realizing their dream of becoming a household name outside of the state of Ohio after more than a decade of existence. That success is thanks, in part, to the band’s last album, These Magnificent Miles. It was that album that captured the attention of New York-based record label, Fanatic Records. Fanatic Records re-released These Magnificent Miles and they have helped Red Wanting Blue gain a larger audience on a more national level.
The success of These Magnificent Miles led to Fanatic Records releasing Red Wanting Blue’s 2012 release, From the Vanishing Point. From the Vanishing Point seems to pick up right where These Magnificent Miles left off. The new album has the same sound and feel as the previous release, thanks in no small part to producer Jamie Candiloro. With Candiloro, the band solidified their sound on their last release and that sound returns for a second album that should take the band even further than the last album did.
From the Vanishing Point begins with the song “Stay on the Bright Side”. The positive, upbeat track begins as a radio tuner brings the song in, then the band plays it out. The track is one of the best songs on the release, helping to kick the album off in a very strong way.
“Audition” is the second track on the release. It is also one of the singles off the release. The song about being who you truly are no matter what society wants you to be has a very positive message, and the music finds the band providing a strong beat to the album.
“White Snow” is a song about what all the radio signals in the atmosphere might be doing to our bodies. The track is another single off the From the Vanishing Point album. The chorus of the song is one of the most musically infectious parts of the album. Try not to sing along.
While not currently a single off of the release, “Love Remains” is one of the best songs on the album. The song feels like an answer to the band’s song “Your Alibi,” which appears on Red Wanting Blue’s classic 2004 release, Pride: The Cold Lover. “Love Remains” is the “title track,” as the album’s title comes from lyrics of the song.
Taking a slightly darker approach on the lyrics, the guys in Red Wanting Blue wrote the song “Cocaine”. And while that sounds like a song about a drug trip, the lyrics are actually about how a girl makes the singer feel: “You’re like cocaine. I’ll never say ‘enough’s enough’”. The song is actually sweet, in a slightly twisted manner. The music to the track might actually remind you of something The Eagles might have written, as the rock song has a slight country flavor to it.
On “Walking Shoes,” the band adopts a folk feel for one song, partially due to the mandolin that is featured on the track, as well as Scott Terry’s playing on the baritone ukulele. The first part of the song contains a strong folk feel until the drums and bass are added to the track. The track brings back some of the travelling motif that was such a large part of the band’s previous release of These Magnificent Miles.
For “Dinosaur,” Red Wanting Blue brings the most rock and roll feeling of any of the tracks on this album. It is the hardest rock approach on the release; so much so, it feels a little out of place from the rest of the songs on the album. It’s nice to see these guys can really let loose when they want.
It took several listenings to the song “Running of the Bulls” before it dawned on me where I had heard that style of writing before: Whether on purpose or by some weird coincidence, “Running of the Bulls” sounds like a “lost track” from Why the Long Face? from the band Big Country. The playing, the writing, the style of the song itself, the imagery in the lyrics, and Scott Terry’s vocal delivery that sounds a lot like Big Country’s Stuart Adamson all combine to create a song that brings back the sound of a band that released their last album in 1999.
The newest release from Red Wanting Blue comes to an end with the song “Pour it Out,” a slow rocker about living your dream. The strong, slow feel to the music gives release a solid finish.
As with a lot of modern-day releases, this album comes with a “bonus track”. Scott Terry himself brings the CD to an end with the song “My Name is Death,” a song that features only Terry and his baritone ukulele.
Red Wanting Blue has created another album in From the Vanishing Point that should make their fans, new and old, very happy. The band is currently on tour in support of this very recently-released album. Check their website for tour dates.