The members of the Christian hard rock group Red found it was not a fear of the sophomore slump but simply a desire for a sophomore anything that “really tested our stamina as a band,” according to guitarist Jasen Rauch.
“We always joke that we’re still adding stuff to our songs, even after they’re out,” says Rauch, describing the arduous making of “Innocence & Instinct,” the Nashville quintet’s follow-up to 2006’s Grammy Award-nominated “End of Silence.”
“Each song goes through three, four, five revisions before it gets to where it ends up,” explains Rauch, 27. “We had about 80-some demos going into the recording process. It was just a matter of meshing the good ideas and canceling out bad ones — taking the good choruses from here, good verses from there and putting them all together.
“It’s a lot of work — I can tell you that.”
Adding to the complexity was basing the album on the “Inferno” section from Dante’s “The Divine Comedy” and matching the literature’s epic sweep in the music.
“That literature was so old,” Rauch notes, “but we were finding some of the same struggles, life struggles, now in current issues we’re having. When you can connect them to things that happened thousands of years ago, there’s something universal about that.
“It helped remind us and set our goal with connecting to everyone universally, regardless of where you’re at in your own life.”
Red performs with Trapt, Halestorm, Inept and Atom Smash on Wednesday (April 29) at New York New York, 33151 23 Mile Road, Chesterfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call (586) 725-3914 or visit www.mypsace.com/newyorknewyorkofficial.
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