Red: Basic Instincts
- Friday, February 27, 2009
CMCentral: Red is obviously not the only band in the genre that you live in, and you're also not the only band with the same calling or mission if I were to ask you about that. And yet it seems that Red has enjoyed unprecedented success that every other band is not experiencing. What do you think is behind this?
Jasen: That's a great question. I don't think we pride ourselves on having discovered something that's absolutely groundbreaking or taking something and completely reinventing it. At the same time, as you mentioned, our position on being a Christian band and how we posture ourselves—the kinds of fans we have and venues we play—there's nothing unique about that either.
But when it comes to Red, I think the one thing we try to make an incredibly conscious effort to try to portray and define and constantly carry and renew is our own sense of integrity and who we are. I don't mean that in the sense of being morally pure as much as I mean that we know who God is and what He's done in our lives, that we mess up even after we came to know who He is. But we don't have a platform to share with everyone we encounter about our faith. At the end of the day, it's just about how we carry ourselves and how we posture ourselves with everyday life.
So in every song, we want to be autobiographical and incredibly personal and real. We want to be vulnerable and open and also carry ourselves like that when we're on the road. So, hopefully, someone who attaches to us as a fan senses that. We want to write a song about loss in a way that really captures what someone is feeling and be honest in that. Those are the things that we're going after, and I hope that sets us apart.
CMCentral: That's great to hear. I did want to ask about Hayden [Lamb, former drummer]. How's he doing?
Jasen: Hayden is awesome, man. I'm so glad you asked. He's doing great, and obviously, we had to part ways with him after some of the injuries from the accident. He's still getting better, and he's not quite up to 100 percent yet, but he's at home with family and doing better. We miss that guy. He was one of my best friends for so long, so it's hard to be on the road without him. But we still talk every now and then, and I'm glad he's doing better.
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**This interview first published on February 27, 2009.
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