It Broke Our Heart To Release This Late

December 19th, I tweeted from our @RedGearMusic Twitter account that we will kick off the new year with a new song.  On December 29th, I tweeted a sample of that project and we were REALLY close to finishing on time, but for whatever reason we hit some snags.  So it wasn’t until today that we finally released the song but I will say this much, it is probably one of our best sounding releases in the new era of using Reaper, my Roland electronic drums, and Steve & Tom using VSTs for their guitar sounds.

This song finally features true acoustic guitar recordings, which from people who heard the song early, is their favorite part.  I get asked on occasion how we pick the songs we decided to record…honestly, I do pick a majority of the songs, and this was no exception.  December 16th, I was listening to my playlist on my phone while sitting at my sons hockey practice when this tune, Broken Hearted Soul by Ra, came up.  Holy shit was it fucking rockin’!  I immediately hit up Tom & Steve on Discord saying we should cover this song!  They replied almost instantaneously agreeing that this song is badass and it indeed needs to be covered.  Well I was sold! By December 23, I finished the drum track and the song was moving along…well today you all get to hear it!

On a sad note, Frank decided to leave the project to pursue other adventures in the world of online gaming.  He currently is a member of AMD’s Red Team+ and using alot of his free time streaming on his Twitch channel.  You can also follow him on Twitter…the best to you Frank, thanks for all the help your provided to Red Gear!

Some great news however…this song is released today and the next song we are working on is almost done!  Seriously we have maybe a week left to tweak some shit and it’s done.

Get ready for Skin!

So here’s something that Bryan and I threw together while the other two guys have been busy with other things (like polishing their shoes or something).  Ended up finishing this a lot sooner than we’d thought, and only needed 3 guitar tracks.  We may revisit it if the other guys want to redo any parts, but it’s been a good learning experience for Bryan and I getting familiar with the ins and outs of Reaper post production…  Anyway, check it out and drop a comment below letting us know what you think.


It’s Time To Dance, Dance

3 songs in about 2 months time, I don’t think we have ever done that, even when this project first started back in late 2000!  We are having a blast doing these songs but it’s not going as easy as some of us have hoped for.  We strive to put out the best possible recordings because it’s just who we are; quality over quantity.  We are trying totally new things while recording and there are a lot of frustrations going on in chat, but again, we are striving for the best possible end result which I think is beginning to show.  We have another song on deck being recorded, but this one we are going to take a little more time to record, and get it just right.  I think this upcoming song is going to have like 6 guitar tracks, along with my 12 drum tracks, yea…it’s going to be a big session.

Anyways, our newest cover release comes from our hometown favorites Fall Out Boy and the song is…’Dance, Dance’.  Enjoy!

Now We Are Moving!

2 songs released in 1 year, yea it’s a miracle!  For whatever reason, we got more people in this project and we get more stuff done…and that’s a good thing.  I think this new song turned out absolutely great and I can only imagine it will keep getting better the more we use the new equipment.  We have been talking about recording another original song but honestly, that all depends on Tom & Steve’s creativity/collaboration.  Oh yea, Steve is now back as a full member of Red Gear doing mainly guitar work and will fill in on anything else he can bring to the table; except drums -THOSE ARE MINE!  😉  So without further delay, here is our newest song, an 80’s Robert Tepper & Rocky movie classic covered by Bullet For My Valentine and shredded up by us….’No Easy Way Out’.  Enjoy

New Gear = Lots of Excitement & Work

So it took many years but I have finally got the drums I have always wanted, which are the Roland TD-30KSE!  With this drum kit, I can do so much more than I could ever do with the old Roland TD-7 kit.  I am still figuring stuff out every time I play with the kit and add the fact I am still learning Reaper; yea there is a lot going on.  The really great thing with this kit is the individual drum trigger outputs I can do which means I can have separate tracks in reaper of just those sounds.  This gives me greater control of the sound as well as makes it easier to fix mistakes while tracking.

Speaking of tracking, today I finished the drum tracks for the next song we are doing.  You can find a drum video I did for the song in the Videos section which is a plain jane sounding version because no FX or EQ are added as it was pre-mix.  I also like using Reaper alot, lots of great stuff in this DAW, thanks Frank for converting us!


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