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INTERVIEW: Red Skies

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey VENTS, thank you for giving us this opportunity, we really appreciate it! I, Cody, the frontman of Red Skies will take the reins and answer the questions following this one. As for how we’ve been, all is well, this is a big summer for us so we’re all very excited.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “New Voice”?

Of course. It’s the first official song off of Iron Sun after the quick intro, I think it really kicks the album off right with the fast pace drums and heavy breakdowns eventually leading into some pretty, melodic choruses. One of my favorite tunes to play live, that’s for sure.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes, to answer this question I have to get pretty personal and I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible…As a youth transitioning into young adulthood and continuing my education I felt the sort of veil of ignorance that had been placed upon me from having had a safe childhood in suburban Montreal slowly come off as I found out the harsh truths about the world around me. I was experiencing an overwhelming amount of existential crises based on my anger and disgust with the realities of human suffering. In feeling this way, my own repressed demons arose from having had lost my father at a young age and it all came crashing down on me. Depression set in and I turned to substance abuse to separate myself from the unfortunate mindset I’d been put in.

Now that’s the back story to New Voice. Eventually after a drug-related near-death experience, I’d found hope and inspiration and decided to seek therapy. After a few sessions, I’d written New Voice at the peak of my new found respect for positive living.

How was the film experience?

It was incredible. The crew we were working with, Revox Media, are some of the coolest and most professional artists I’ve ever had a chance to collab with. We are so lucky to have been introduced to such thorough and creative individuals. They treat us really well and are overwhelmingly accommodating. The shoot took place over the course of an entire weekend, with 8-12 hour days of nonstop filming, suffice to say we were all very exhausted at the end of it all but the finished product made it all more than worth it.

The single comes off your new album Iron Sun – what’s the story behind the title?

Iron Sun is a metaphor, one that was actually inspired by the television show, Cosmos, I and my bandmates are a bunch of astronomy fans; we love outer space. Essentially, when a giant star is preparing to supernova, the element iron makes its presence known and slowly aids in destroying the star. The metaphor is that human ignorance, tyranny and greed are poisoning this beautiful Earth and slowly but surely we will witness our own demise. The story follows an exaggerated version of what I’ve just mentioned in which the remaining colony of a dystopian Earth sees its end and all that is left are the relics of an old world (those relics include the lyrics for the rest of the songs after New Voice found scattered throughout the decay).

How was the recording and writing process?

Once again, an incredible experience. Our producer, Antoine Lussier (.357 productions) is one of the best, in my opinion. Great dude with great visions. He made us feel at home in his house/studio and really helped develop the album’s overall sound, committing hundreds of hours into producing, mixing, mastering &orchestrating the arrangements of samples you hear in the tunes.

So the album in some way is a concept record?

The album is 100% a concept. I’ve always loved writing and most of my favorite works are post-apocalyptic tales so to be able to apply my own to awesome music was more than satisfying.

What led you this type of record?

My experiences with studying philosophy at a university level. It really opened my mind to alternative ways of thinking. Every song on the album was inspired by my favorite or sometimes least favorite philosophers. It is also a sort of personal response to my anger towards the masses of the first world who contribute a lot to the environmental destruction I’ve mentioned throughout this interview.

Where did you find the inspiration for the story?

Like I mentioned earlier, philosophy and post-apocalyptic works. To name a few:

  • Plato’s works on “The Republic” and “The Allegory of the Cave”;

  • Karl Marx’s, “Communist Manifesto”;

  • Alan Moore’s, “Watchmen”;

  • Anything written by Kurt Vonnegut,

and my own struggles with trying to fit comfortably in a world drenched in negativity.

Does Montreal play a role in your album?

I wouldn’t say it directly does, no. But we have many inspiring friends who make incredible art who are from here so I suppose that has something to do with it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Definitely! Catch Red Skies at the first ever, East Coast Awakening festival in New Brunswick in late July. We are also hoping to set up a tour later in the summer but no details have been confirmed just yet.

What else is happening next in Red Skies’ world?

We’ve just finished our second music video; it is in post-production now, so keep an eye out for that on our various social media pages. We’re also constantly writing new music, so expect many more albums to follow Iron Sun.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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