Bass / Vocal – Hajji Husayn
Drums / Vocals – Richard Joachim
Lead Vocals / Guitar – Douglas Burns
Guitar – Zach Brooks
Before moving to Amman, Jordan in 2001, Hajji Husayn made a pact with Douglas Burns to do a band together. The project would be called Red Dons. After spending the next five years living in a number of different places (Washington D.C., Germany, Jordan, Thailand, and Seattle) and involved in other bands (The Observers and Clorox Girls), Burns and Husayn finally assembled a line-up for the Red Dons in Portland, Oregon. The group began playing shows in 2006. Burns and Husayn however, didn’t stay in Portland very long. By 2009, Husayn had moved to London, and Burns to Chicago. Longtime drummer Richard Joachim remained in Portland. Despite having members spread out between Europe and the United States, the band has continued to tour and record together.
Along with Burns and Husayn, the Red Dons have featured a multitude of members. Richard Joachim has played drums for the project since 2007. Zach Brooks (Piss Test, Soda Pop Kids, Scott Baio Army), Will Kinser (No More Art, Born/Dead), Andy Foote (No Secret Between Sailors, Physical Challenge), and Justin Maurer (L.A. Drugz, Clorox Girls) have all played guitar in the group. TV Smith (Adverts) wrote lyrics to and preforms lead vocals on A Vote for the Unknown. Derek Willman (The Estranged, From Ashes Rise, Hellshock) has preformed live with the Red Dons and also plays bass on the Pariah 7”. Jonny Cat (Chemicals, Triggers) and Jim McCann (Tyrades) have both recorded vocals with the band. However, those recordings are currently unreleased. Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love), and John Nuclear (The Insaniacs) have both contributed lyrics to the project. Derek Skokan (Revisions) was the drummer in 2006 and appears on the Escaping Amman EP. Burns, Husayn, and Joachim all play together in The Revisions, and are also original members of The Chemicals; fronted by Jonny Cat. Joachim and Jonny Cat both continue to play in the Chemicals in Portland. Hajji Husayn plays bass for Thee Spivs in London. Douglas Burns plays guitar and sings in Endless Column from Chicago and has worked on a project with Avi Gunda in Boston called The Butlers.
The band is named after a group of highly respected British Intelligence Officers who were later revealed to be Soviet spies. Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, and Don MacClean all meet as students at Cambridge University in the 1920?s. At Cambridge, professors are referred to as “Dons”, thus Red Dons became a moniker used by the British press for the spy ring. Historians more commonly refer to Philby and the others as the Cambridge Five. What is known about them publicly is cloudy at best, but it is suggested that during World War II they were responsible for passing misinformation to the Nazis. During the Cold War it is suspected that they passed valuable information to the Soviets. Despite having close ties to the Queen and the British government Burgess, MacClean, and Philby all eventually defected to the Soviet Union adding more intrigue and mystery to their story. Learn more about the original Red Dons by clicking the link below.
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