Here are some kind worlds about Notes on the Underground from Razorcake.
RED DONS: Notes on the Underground: 7”
There are bands that are content to sit within a pigeonhole and there are bands that diligently push against the edges, rebelling against expectations to find a sound all their own. From the quasi-tribal drumming beginning the opening salvo here, “Cold Hearted,” Red Dons make it clear they aren’t content just fitting in. The tune, at its core a smart bit of minor chord pop, is rife with echoes of time past and present—a bit of post punk here, some garage there, drone, and the ubiquitous, insistent thud in the drums—rearranged and repurposed so that all are present but none overwhelms another. The remaining tunes follow along the same lines, each familiar yet retaining its own sound. The whole? A gritty-yet-tasty selection from a band that continues to wow with each successive release. –Jimmy Alvarado (Grave Mistake)
RED DONS: Notes on the Underground: 7”EP
I just want to put this on record. The Red Dons are one of the best punk bands on the planet. Why anyone who loves real-time punk (and world-class punk, since the birth of punk) is sleeping on them is a mystery. (Or they’re comfortable with their self-delusions/illusions.) I said the same about the Marked Men a decade ago, and although I’m pleased that the Marked Men are getting the recognition they so richly deserve, wouldn’t it be nice that another active band that doesn’t play any stupid corporate games and doesn’t fence walk with morality gets widespread support in real time? Is that too much to ask? This one’s at your feet, DIY punkers. Pick it up. Red Dons are punk giant nostalgia killers. For fuck’s sake, “Cold Hearted” is has a 4:50 run time, is lush, sweeping, epic, and defies expectation. All three songs on this 7” are stunners. –Todd Taylor (Grave Mistake, gravemistakerecords.com)
Here is the first review of Notes on the Underground. We’ll post more as they come in to the site’s REVIEWS page.
Red Dons have been featured on Matt Average’s Photo Page in the lasted issue of Razorcake. There are interviews with Criminal Code, White Murder, Rational Anthem, as well as a piece about Punk in Indonesia. New 7″s by Piss Test and Daylight Robbery get great reviews too. All and all it’s a pretty cool issue.
Note on the Underground is finally available. Order a vinyl copy from Grave Mistake Records by clicking this link. http://www.gravemistakerecords.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=red+dons
A digital version of the EP is available for download at http://gravemistakerecords.bandcamp.com/album/notes-on-the-underground
We are excited to announce our latest release Notes on the Underground. Grave Mistake is officially releasing this three song EP in August but we will have a limited tour press available at our shows in July. Taken by Surprise will release “Notes…” in Europe later this year. Below is a song from the B side of the record, entitled Dead Ender.
We are happy to announce the dates of our upcoming east coast tour. Below is a full list of dates and venues. July 24th – 27th, we are joining NIGHT BIRDS in support of their new album BORN TO DIE IN SUBURBIA.
7/17 Brooklyn @ Death By Audio
7/18 Philadelphia @ Golden Tea House
7/19 Washington D.C. @ Casa Fiesta
7/20 Richmond @ Strange Matter
7/21 Raleigh @ Slims (Free Show)
7/22 Richmond (Revisions) @ Vinyl Conflict
7/23 Baltimore @ Golden West Café
7/24 New Brunswick @ The Alamo
7/25 Manhattan @ The Cake Shop
7/26 Long Island @ No Fun Club
7/27 Boston @ The Middle East (all ages)
7/27 Boston @ O’Briens ( 21+ )
March 27th @ The Shacklewell Arms, London
March 28th @ Wharf Chambers, Leeds
March 29th @ The Castle Hotel, Manchester
Red Dons and The Estranged are featured together in an interview published in the December issue of Maximum RockNRoll #355.
RAZORCAKE ISSUE #71
I’m of the opinion that Red Dons are the best band walking the planet today. I fuggin’ love this band! They have this way of making music that causes everything else around you to melt away and all that is left is the music. You are completely in that moment. It’s a great feeling. The songs soar, race, and have undeniable soul. Catchy without being corny. Insightful without being overwrought. Just fucking great music. The title track is godhead! I’ve listened to it over and over so many times, and have yet to tire of it. Is that even possible? It’s such a great song. A nice, quick tempo and the vocals float over, pulling you into the song, and the chorus burns into your mind. I like how the guitar comes in at the end and builds and closes out with a noisy swirl. The kind of song that makes you want to start a band and take over the world. On the B side is “Mauvaise Foi,” which slows down a little bit with a jerky and bouncy rhythm here and there. When the melody comes in, nothing else matters. I really like the line, “Anointed one, where did I go wrong,” as it leads into the verse. This single is a classic. –Matt Average (Dirtnap, dirtnaprecs.com)