from the Time
don't like clowns. Clowns are scary. Especially clowns
with poodles coming out of their stomachs. Or clowns
with guns. There's a Richmond-
base band called Redline, with a snappy logo and slick
clothes... who cover their CDs with pictures of clowns
with guns and poodles coming
out of their stomachs.
see a Redline show if you're one of those music fans
who are upset about the way MTV ignores Huey Lewis and
the News. This one is dramatic,
powerful, together band ( Redline, not Huey Lewis ).
The music on their indie CD " My disease"
is dramatic near - Goth, delivered seemingly
by a band holding an ice cream cone in one hand and
a meat cleaver in the other.
avoids many traps that make a band an easy target for
criticism - being repetitive, uninspired, trendy or
boring.. My first thought in listening
was how great it would be scaring trick-or-treaters
from my porch with this. Then I started really listening.
riffs are weighly and tight - heavy, fresh, alternative
in their real form - as an alternative to most of what
is out there in clubs and on the radio.Their
press kit calls them "straight - ahead rockers"
This isn't straight, thanks to singer Karl Anderson,
who can sound as scary as the clown on
his CD cover looks, or as attention grabbing
as Iggy Pop on a baritoned mission of moodiness. <