Seattle's RIVER RED have commenced the recording process for their debut album with producer Chris Hanson (THE SERVANTS, TECHNOCRACY, VIO-LENCE, MACHINE HEAD). The self-titled effort is tentatively due in June.
"All the drums are done, and half the guitars are done. We're heading down to San Francisco at the end of March so I can finish up the guitars," stated guitarist/vocalist James Francis. "I'll do the vocals sometime in April and if all goes to plan it'll be done and in your hands in June. Chris is such an amazing guy to work with, he really brings out the best in us."
RIVER RED have lined up a few guests to contribute to the record, including Tom Niemeyer (GRUNTRUCK, THE ACCÜSED) and Ben McMillan (GRUNTRUCK, SKIN YARD). More guests are slated to appear but are being kept under wraps at this time. James said: "We got Tommy to come in and lay down some guitar work on three songs, and maybe more if he wants to… The stuff is just blistering, some of his finest guitar playing I think. Ben said he's gonna sing on a couple of songs as well. We're talking about collaborating on the lyrics to one of the brand new songs — I really like the way he puts words and imagery together. He's always been one of my favorite songwriters."
The band plan on releasing the album independently, as well as shopping it around to labels. "The important thing for us is to get this out there and hit the road to support it," stated Francis. "We know we can move it, we moved so many copies of our demos and this is already miles above that stuff. Obviously, we would love to have a label help us get it to the masses… but either way, we need to get it out — the time is right."
For more information on RIVER RED, visit the band's official web site at this location.