A lot is happening in Red Side Visible's short history. RSV began as the brainchild of drummer Paul Stranahan and guitarist Tim Mirth. After playing together a couple years in jazz/fusion groups, Tim was intrigued by some of the other artists Paul was listening to and digging. So as the story goes, they had a conversation about doing something more edgy and a lot heavier. Both were intrigued. 6 months later, Tim and Paul had written what is the core of the pieces for the project.
Paul spent 6 months or so working out the drum parts for the tunes (they are very hard), and then things started happening. The project was originally set to be just Guitar, Bass and Drums. At this point the only logical person to turn to on bass was Jeremey Poparad. Not only was he a great musician, he understood odd times, and could get into what we were trying to do. After getting together to play the tunes, Chris Herald (an impressive saxophonist in the area) was asked to join the group. Not knowing how he would feel about it, the guys were all delighted when he came on board, and are much better for it.
So as a four piece the journey began towards starting a full length album project. Everything was beginning to get laid down, drums at Greek Isle Studios, and thanks to Adam Keeler; guitar, bass, and sax were recorded at Tim's house using Adam's Pro Tools rig. As the album was being recorded, something was missing, it could still get better. They had talked about adding screams, or some kind of vocal noises to the tunes, but knew no one who they really thought could do it. This is when Tim remembered his early days playing in high school bands where he was the one "singing" the Pantera tunes, and anything else with screaming. So after dusting off the vocal chords began to add to the tunes. And they came to life.
Still the band could be better, the lonely alto sax needed some support in the mix, as there was some frequencies missing that needed filled out. This is where Tim McDonald came in. Jeremey played with Tim in another project, and knew he was a great player, not to mention dug the music. And honestly, the tenor adds so much. So now, here is RSV with a full line up (for the moment) and it's sounding great.
RSV has already been featured on wjcu.org, done a professional quality live performance video and interview at Tri-C's recording studio and now been selected among hundreds of applicant to play the FIMU 2010 festival in Belfort, France (www.fimu.com). It is clear that Red Side Visible has only started to reach it's potential. With this much happening so fast imagine what the future holds. So stay tuned for future updates, it's sure to be a exciting ride.
A full length cd is nearing completing, as well as live professionally shot DVD/BluRay. TShirts and other merchandise will soon be available.