Bass / Vocal – Hajji Husayn
Drums / Vocals – Richard Joachim
Lead Vocals / Guitar – Douglas Burns
Guitar – Zach Brooks
In 2006, Douglas Burns (The Observers) and Hajji Husayn (Clorox Girls) teamed up to launch the Vagabond Sound Music Collective. Red Dons are the principle band of this collective which has also included The Revisions and The Chemicals. Along with Burns and Husayn, the Red Dons have featured a multitude of members. Richard Joachim (Revisions) has played drums for the project since 2007. Zach Brooks (Soda Pop Kids, Scott Baio Army), Will Kinser (Born/Dead), Andy Foote (No Secret Between Sailors, Physical Challenge), and Justin Maurer (Clorox Girls) have all played guitar in the group. Derek Willman (The Estranged, From Ashes Rise, Hellshock) has recorded and preformed bass with the Red Dons. TV Smith (Adverts), Jonny Cat (The Chemicals, Cyclops, Triggers) and Jim McCann (Tyrades) have all recorded vocals with the band. However, those recordings are currently unreleased. Jesse Micheals (Operation Ivy, Classics of Love), and John Nuclear (The Insaniacs) have both contributed lyrics to the project. Derek Skokan (Revisions) was the Red Dons drummer in 2006 and appears on the Escaping Amman EP.
The band is named after a group of once 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. What is known publicly about them (also known as the Cambridge Four/Five) 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. Click here to learn more about the original Red Dons.
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