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MP3 Alien Red - ROCK: Funk Rock

Alien Red is funk, punk, and blues mixed together to make Power Soul.

8 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Funk Rock, BLUES: Rhythm & Blues

In 2002, lead guitarist Justin Deutsch and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Aaron Brown each played an acoustic set at the Café Rouge in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Later in the evening, several young women approached them suggesting they play together.

At the time Deutsch and Brown were more interested in speaking with the girls, but in their individual pursuits of romance, they began to get to know one another. As time went on the courtships dissipated, but a bond had been formed. Alien Red emerged in the coming year with Adam Zielinski on bass, Lindsay Nulton on drums, and Arn Sundberg on percussion.

In April of 2005 they released their first EP titled New Year’s in An Aztec which commemorated a crazy New Year’s day 2005. The EP featured the band’s finest songs, focusing on their intelligent, impeccable songwriting. Recorded reel-to-reel, the album has a very “warm” feel and the song “Mystic Rain” has received considerable national attention as a finalist in the Jam Song Category of the Independent Music Awards, sponsored by The Musicians Atlas.

In June 2005, Alien Red and Lindsay Nulton parted ways; an amicable separation that placed Sundberg behind the drums, which required the band to adapt. Through this adversity Alien Red has emerged with a strong fan base and an even stronger sense of who they are and what they’d like to accomplish. With an even more powerful, cleaner, tighter, and definitely crazier sound similar to a mixture of Stevie Wonder fronting The Rolling Stones, the band decided to head back to the studio to record a new album.

In April of 2006 they released the 8 track self titled CD, Alien Red, to great reviews. On this album they have continued their tradition of strong songwriting and they have added the wonderful sounds of Jeremy Protska on the piano and organ, further expanding their sound. Their new album has a very “live” feel to it and you can definitely hear and feel all of the joys and heartaches that went into its creation. Armed with a new disc of strong material, the members of Alien Red are planning to tour the East Coast in late summer.

Here''s a quote by Alicia Grega-Pikul of the Electric City in Scranton, PA:

"It''s a catch-22 that''s befuddled even the biggest rock stars with the biggest budgets. How do you capture the energy of a live concert on a polished studio album? Notorious for its unusually vigorous stage presence, Scranton''s Alien Red is among the bands most likely to put out an album that pales in comparison. Yet its self-titled eight-track debut impressively manages to beat this fate.

Immediately demanding the listener''s attention with "Greatest Day," an impossibly upbeat song about sex with the ex, the disc journeys through funk, punk, soul, surf and ska, country, R&B, and blues, hard-edged rock before coming full circle to the sultry "Red Light." Lead singer and lyricist Aaron Brown''s chameleonic vocals electrify each song''s story. The disc is frantic and chaotic, yet somehow completely organized."

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