Tug Of War
Red Line Chemistry
Released: May 14, 2013
Reviewed: May 12, 2013
Let me say right up front that Red Line Chemistry ROCKS! Be warned, listening to them will part your hair right down the middle . . . assuming you have hair to part.
Red Line Chemistry are on tour in support of their forthcoming album – Tug Of War. The band will serve as a special guest for Filter & Buckcherry on selected dates along with several headline dates during this month and into June and beyond. Red Line Chemistry will also be performing at some of the biggest festivals this summer including: Rock On The Range, Carolina Rebellion, Rockfest and Rocklahoma.
The first single from the album, “Paralyzed” is already quickly climbing the active rock charts, and the band’s new album, Tug Of War, will arrive on May 14th. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Stone Sour) the 12-track offering exhibits tremendous growth in the band’s songwriting, production, and collaborative process.
The selection of Tug Of War as the album title reflects the dichotomy of the repertoire and the process of creating it. Guitarist Andy Breit offers, “About half the songs are heavy and aggressive, while the others are more subdued and musical. Those dynamics colliding has a lot to do with why we chose Tug Of War as the album title.” Singer Brett Ditgen adds, “We wrote this record as a democracy. We have a foundation to work through our differences when we are writing and recording. It’s about finding a balance and trying to make it come together in a way that makes all five of us happy with the result. If we can do that, we feel other people will be happy with the result as well.”
Following the independent releases of Chemical High & A Hand Grenade (2006) and Escape Plan (2008), Red Line Chemistry joined forces with Bulldog Productions in 2009 and released Dying For A Living in 2010. The singles “Dumb Luck,” “You Don’t Get It,” and “Ultragigantor” all charted at active rock radio. The acoustic EP Easy Does It followed in late 2011. In 2012, as a bridge track, the single “Unspoken” was released to rock radio achieving great success in the active format. It also represents the band’s first in-studio collaboration with producer Nick Raskulinecz, and marks the beginning of the Tug Of War recording sessions.
Red Line Chemistry are: Andy Breit (guitar), Tom Brown (bass), Brett Ditgen (vocals), Dave Fyten (guitar), and Mike Mazzarese (drums).