In the same week that Rolling Stone magazine was lamenting the absence of a single major Rock hit in '10, Red, a Nashville post-Grunge Christian Metal band, sat at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart - behind Nicki Minaj - with their third set "Until We Have Faces." Helped by the Christian-radio hit "Faceless," the album sold 43,000 during its February, '11, debut week.
Red, formed in '04 by twins Anthony and Randy Armstrong, had vocalist Michael Barnes, rhythm guitarist Jason Rauch and drummer Andrew Hendrix. That line-up released '06's "End Of Silence." The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Gospel Album category but the single "Breathe Into Me," which peaked at #15 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart, won the "Rock Recorded Song of the Year" trophy at the 38th annual GMA Dove Awards (Christian music honors presented by the Gospel Music Association) in '07.
"We always like to call ourselves a Christian band because that's what we are," said guitarist Anthony Armstrong. "If they ask us if we're a Christian band, we tell them yes. And if they ask us why, we tell them why."
By the time sophomore set "Innocence & Instinct" arrived Hendrix was gone. But his replacement, Hayden Lamb, was seriously injured when the band's tour van and trailer containing their equipment rolled over on a highway. Joe Rickard, a friend and Lamb's drum tech, stepped in initially serving as a tour and studio drummer before becoming a full member.
"Innocence & Instinct," inspired by the crash, sold better than Red's debut and won "Rock Album Of The Year" at the '10 Dove Awards. But the high note was undercut when the group announced that Rauch would no longer tour, choosing to spend more time with his family. The statement said Rauch would still be part of the band, therefore no need to replace him, and would continue to contribute songs.
Next up was "Until We Have Faces."
2006 End Of Silence
2009 Innocence & Instinct
2011 Until We Have Faces