Five Questions With Red Grace

Edmonton, AB-based Red Grace has released their newest single, “The Time”. The track was created as the opening theme song for an independent podcast called “A STO Life: Shutdowns, Turnarounds, and Outages,” a show highlighting the “underdogs” in society amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The message of the hard rock tune is simply “Time is a constant so don’t waste it” and reinvigorates the golden rule, do unto others as… you know the rest.

The track rips with its live-off-the-floor punk rock recording style, utilizing face-melting riffs, a bit of slide guitar, rhythmic bass, and warpath drumming. Red Grace also throws in some three-part vocal harmonies to make the track feel huge. It’s a song for partying but also realizing you have to make the most out of life.

“Life passes us by in the blink of an eye and you want your time remembered as a positive contribution to the world,” Red Grace says of the message of the song.

Check out “The Time” below, and find out more about Red Grace via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Red Grace – We are a Blues Rock band with an edge from Edmonton, AB – We aim to write and perform tunes that we will dig 20 years+ down the road and hope to turn a head or two in the meantime!

Kyle Hill – Lead Vox/Guitar
Jared Schwartz – Guitar/Vox
Ryan Clarkson – Drums/Backing Vox
Nigel Gale – Our honorable bass friend – has been in and out (but always a supporter) of the Red Grace family since day 1

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Just honest music, from the heart. We all have different roots when it comes to how we grew up and what we listened to. Everything from old school Country – to Punk Rock – to Classic Rock – to Soul……anything goes! Literally could hear a Hank Williams twang or a Bad Religion ripper in our jam space during set up, depending on the mood or day. That’s really how we approach our writing as well – we all come to the table with ideas. Typically, the song rolls out sounding like it has a bluesy twist with a punk explosion somewhere within its framework, but there’s no bookends in which we try to stay confined within. The hope is that we come up with something that makes folks wanna tap their feet…..That said, as long as we all dig playing it and it sounds gnarly, we go for it!

What have you been doing to keep yourself creative during the pandemic?

Obviously, plenty of solo jams, but we, as a band, are always writing and releasing new material in a DIY format– we’ve built a cozy lil’ recording studio in our jam space as I (Ryan) have an audio engineering background which has certainly proved to be beneficial throughout the pandemic! This allows us to continue being creative and share our ideas with those that care to lend an ear. We’ve taken a complete DIY approach under the self-proclaimed label named “Graceless Records” with everything from writing/producing/recording to releases and artwork – all to ensure our fans keep up to speed on what we are up to at all times! The response has been plentiful as we have received funding to push stronger recordings as “theme” songs for 2 separate local podcasts
It’s been a great feeling of gratitude for the band to be able to support local folks with their projects all while being able to reach larger audiences with our work!

I have been listening to old country and blues music mostly, connecting with my youth. My father, who is a musician, raised me on old country and western music. I have been revisiting the music if my past. I love the honesty in the recordings of the old standards. No auto tune, no tricks, just music.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Currently? The Time – Hit’s ya in the feels and it delivers a great message around living life to the fullest in the most positive way possible! The lyrics are a message to anyone who doesn’t see life for what it actually is!

But….who knows what tomorrow brings 😊…..

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favorite Canadian bands/ artists?

The Dirty Nil, PUP, The Flatliners, Wintersleep, The Smalls, The Trews, The Tea Party, Blue Rodeo, The Arkells, The Glorious Sons, Mother Mother to name a few…..

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