Aspiring rock bands tend to gravitate towards places like Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and larger more established music markets. So for Red Line Chemistry, building their foundation and finding their way in a less notable location like Kansas City, Missouri presented it’s own set of unique challenges.
“There really weren’t many heavy rock bands.” offers frontman and vocalist Brett Ditgen. “It took the band a while to find its place in the local music scene.”
But when the band found their place, they quickly cultivated a rabidly devoted following. Through a relentless gig schedule which saw them share the stage with some of the biggest names in rock, including Sevendust, Shinedown, Drowning Pool and Chevelle, the band defined their style and sound. Six years, a couple of demo releases and countless shows later, Bulldog Productions finally heard the thunder brewing on the plains.
Their debut CD, Dying For A Living, is easily one of the year’s best debut albums, and the positive reception has been immediate and wide-ranging. The band can fit readily into rock genres from alternative rock to metal and can share the stage with anyone.
The band’s sound is a mix of classic rock influences combined with a heavy dose of 90’s era rock blended together with a modern feel. The album’s first single, “Dumb Luck,” recalls the energy and vibe of early Alice In Chains. The song has rapidly jumped up the charts.
On September 1st, I had a chance to sit down with Brett to discuss the band’s debut album, the band’s road to success, the Kansas City music scene, and even the Kansas City Chiefs. The band is excited to get back out on the road and share the record with new fans from coast to coast.
Read our review of Dying For A Living