During a hellacious downpour at last year’s Welcome To Rockville we had our first chat with the founders of then up-and-coming rock band Red Sun Rising. Since that stormy afternoon, their career has been skyrocketing with back-to-back number 1 singles. We caught up with the band again this year at Rockville to see how things have changed.
Red Sun Rising Quickly On the Hard Rock Scene
This talented band out of Akron, Ohio got our Welcome To Rockville experience off to a powerful and entertaining start last weekend. Afterwards, we sat down with Mike Protich (vocals) and Ryan Williams (guitar), the two creative minds powering Red Sun Rising, for a quick chat.
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Cretin: Where’s the name come from any way. I think of Japan, but that was probably not the impetus?
Ryan Williams: Yeah, many trips to Japan.
Mike Protich: We’re both part Japanese.
Mike Protich: I’m just kidding. It’s actually the first line on a Black Sabbath album (“Sleeping Village” off of the 1970 album Black Sabbath). And there are some other meanings; a storm is coming. There’s some political stuff like blood has been shed the night before. We just thought it was cool and sounds great.
Cretin: What did you think of the Jacksonville crowd during your set?
Ryan Williams: It was great, they were really receptive and we worked up a mosh pit at the end, and we weren’t on the metal stage, so that works.
Cretin: Have you played Jacksonville before?
Ryan Williams: No, we have played Tampa, but we passed right through. But it was great to play today and I’m glad we beat the weather.
Mike Protich: Yeah, seriously it was excellent.
Cretin: On stage you talked about a new album on the horizon and you played some music from that album?
Mike Protich: Actually everything we played was on the debut album.
Cretin: And when will we see that?
Mike Protich: We’ll probably see the single June 9th with the album to follow.
Cretin: Who does the writing?
Protich and Williams: We both do.
Cretin: So, you’re touring with Seether?
Mike Protich: Yeah, the first show was last night.
Ryan Williams: A sold out show at The Fillmore in Charlotte. It was great.
Cretin: That’s cool. They get great crowds wherever they are.
Ryan Williams: They sure do.
Cretin: And they’re sounding great again.
Mike Protich: They killed it. They were awesome.
Ryan Williams: Yeah they were great and they’re such nice guys. We played with them once, and we partied with them all night. Our drummer has worked with them before, so there’s a connection there.
Mike Protich: I think it was a good fit crowd wise, because their crowd really liked us a lot, and we did well with their crowd.
Cretin: I think you guys have a sound that’s kind of built for radio anyway. It’s a good active rock sound and fits perfect with what Seether’s doing.
About this time, we were slammed by a powerful storm. We moved to a slightly drier place and hustled through the rest of the questions.
Cretin: So how did you hook up with Seether?
Ryan Williams: We had the same producer in common. Bob Marlette did our debut record and I believe he did the first two Seether records.
Cretin: Bob Marlette is an iconic hard rock producer, Red Sun Rising is in good company (Black Sabbath, Saliva, Shinedown, Filter, etc…).
Cretin: So who are your influences?
Mike Protich: (as thunder crashes overhead) Probably more like the grunge era: Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, STP and stuff like that. I was so stoked to see Scott Weiland today but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
Cretin: What’s the music scene like in Ohio?
Ryan Williams: Akron is great.
Mike Protich: The bands in Akron have a lot of camaraderie. We all support each other and it’s really cool.
Cretin: Any bands on the docket today that you are interested in seeing?
Ryan Williams: Korn, (Marilyn) Manson
Mike Protich: Manson, and I wanted to see Scott Weiland., but there’s so many great bands here.
Ryan Williams: My influences go way back, and those three bands alone are great. It’s nostalgia.
And with the winds ratcheting up a notch and lightning peppering the sky we quickly wrapped it up. Kudos and thanks to Ryan and Mike, because they generously hung in there longer than should be expected. Great guys with a catalogue of strong rock tunes, and a bright future.
Check out Tour Dates here – a few more dates with Seether and then a tour with the fantastic entertaining live band Nothing More: redsunrisingmusic.com
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