Last summer, Denver’s young rock and roll insurgents, Red Tide Rising engaged in their first national tour in support of In This Moment. It was a spectacular treat for a band ranging in ages from 17 to 21 at the time. The band was touring in support of its EP, “Inferno“.
While they were on the road, the tragic Dark Knight theater shooting occurred giving the band its first serious test of character: Torn between a desire to race home to family and friends versus staying on the road. The group weathered the storm taking a quick trip home before returning to the road to finish what they started. They even finished on a high note with a show that also included Hatebreed.
Red Tide Rising was born of brothers Andrew and Matt Whiteman in 2007. They describe their sound as similar to artists like Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Halestorm, Shinedown, and the aforementioned, In This Moment. While they have leaned toward a hard rock sound, Andrew stated the band’s recently written material continues to grow heavier, pushing them into more of a metal vein.
Andrew, who recently turned 20, plays lead guitar and handled production duties on the band’s EP. Brother Matt (18) handles vocal duties, and Andrew says he’s been called something of a cross between Sully Erna (Godsmack) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch) with perhaps a bit of Volbeat’s Michael Poulsen. A listen to “Finding Home” confirms that assessment (see below). Red Tide Rising is rounded out by the band’s elder statesman, 22-year-old drummer Matt Guerin, and 18-year-old guitarist, Sean Verity. Bassist Laura Myers stepped down after the band’s national tour and Verity dropped from six to four strings.
Matt’s deep and powerful vocals drive the band, but it is the sonic statement made through songs such as “Welcome to Zombietown”, “Unholy”, “Dark Asylum” and “Inferno” which continue to build the group’s growing fan base.
Catch our interview with Andrew below as he talks touring with In This Moment and their 2012 EP, “Inferno“.