Confronting Your Demons with REDSTARBORN

Since their inception in 2012, Gold Coast rockers RedStarBorn have wasted little time in establishing themselves as a band on the rise.

After the critically acclaimed debut E.P Dead Philosophy in 2015, the pressure has been on the band to put out their first full-length album but the boys have resisted peer group pressure to sit back and do things at their own pace.

Along the way, they have played with and supported popular local outfits Darkcell and Twelve Foot Ninja before finally getting their chance to support a legendary international headliner last year when they opened for Stryper.
Since then interest in RedStarBorn has gathered momentum, and the recent release of the lead single ‘The Threshing Floor’ from their upcoming long-awaited debut album has seen the band thrust back into the spotlight.

“Some songs kind of happen”, mused vocalist/guitarist Dan Newton, explaining the song, “but this one came together over quite a period of time – maybe six months when you think about all of the components that went into it. The essence of the song: the message, is we all go through difficult times and we all face that really dark part of our lives – some of us probably more often than not and for longer periods than others – but we’re faced with what seems like an insurmountable situation. Me and the other guys in the band have been around for a while and doing this a long time and we’ve each of us individually seen some pretty heavy, horrible and crappy stuff and we know what it’s like to absolutely hit the wall and feel like you’re done. What we bring in this song is a bit of a perspective in that to say ‘you know what, we understand what it’s like to feel like your whole worlds caving in and there’s nowhere to go and no solution. Whether it be grief or absolute hopelessness or financial pressure or addiction – whatever it is. Everybody has their tragedy and it’s real but sometimes there’s no immediate solution. There’s no way to fix it if you lose someone. That’s it, they’re gone, and you have to figure out how to live with that and work through it so we fashioned this song that uses a metaphor of this ancient place. It’s a biblical metaphor and a real thing used in ancient civilisations where they would bash the wheat for its nutrients and you would be left with the precious, valuable wheat and grain which you could then make bread etc. The actual threshing process is horrible and it’s violent and it’s chaotic and I think we each go through these things in our lives where we feel like we’ve been smashed completely. Invariably, we go through it and come out the other side and hopefully if we manage to weather the storm we are stronger for it”.

In the full interview Dan goes into detail about the stunning film clip for ‘The Threshing Floor’, spills the beans on their debut album and when it is likely to be released, runs through the album musically, explains why the band are now a trio after starting life as a four piece, talks about the bands sound and how difficult it is to put a fresh spin on new music, their upcoming shows with Bon But Not Forgotten and more.

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Written by Kris Peters

Kris has been writing freelance for about 20 years. Kris always found his taste in music a little too eclectic for the mainstream market but has found his niche writing for HEAVY. Based in Brisbane, Kris also runs a promotions company, KSP Productions.

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