Red Handed Denial

Red Handed Denial

 Scarborough, Ontario, CAN

Red Handed Denial is a five-piece band based in the Greater Toronto Area. Its members are connected by a mutual passion for building on each other's imagination and creating music that leaves an impression. Playing a style of music that draws from Protest the Hero to Paramore, there shouldn't be a single alternative fan that can’t find something to love.

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Borne from the dark recesses of suburbia and forged in the steel furnaces of Toronto, Red Handed Denial are entering a new era of rock fully loaded. Loaded of course being a metaphor for the cohesiveness and singular vision of the group. However unlike that metaphorical biscuit, they are not aiming to excite your tastebuds but rather your eardrums. It's a new day for the band, and after a long journey, it's a welcome renewal.

The first incarnation of the band formed in 2006. The name arose from one of the members being on vacation in Egypt and putting his hands in the Nile when the rust-like algae was blooming, and it turned his hands all red-- "Red Hand in Da Nile" was ameliorated into "Red Handed Denial".

A climactic case of mutiny culminated in a lightning filled duel atop a Latvian fortress rooftop where the original vocalist was defeated. The band then brought current singer Lauren on board.

It was during this time that the band honed their sound into what would soon define them. A streamlined chimera of wild guitar licks, off-the-cuff tempo changes, and pop accessibility; their craft was fiercely imbibed by the masses at such venues as the Opera House, the Reverb, the Kathedral, the Blue Moon, and the Jam Spot. When it came time to contain that fury on a recorded medium, they chose Canadian Idol alumnus and vocalist of Brighter Brightest, Derek Hoffman, to smelt together the impeccably precise 'Eyes and Liquid Skies' EP.

Listening to that EP, it's difficult to trace the lineage that birthed the band; it's not often that you hear adamantium-grade hooks alongside virtuoso performances normally ensconced in Professional Music Observatories. It's like a team of Tiger Moms coached the band for 17 hours a day. But instead of indulging in neverending solos, they put laser focus on melody. Think Hayley Williams plugged into a nuclear reactor.

A brief hiatus occurred when guitarist Levar left on a sabbatical of self-discovery and enlightenment, a journey that took him down the gilded walkways of MuchMusic. Driven by litres upon litres of Coca Cola, he created unforgettable covers that earned him third place in the running to win a coveted MMVA. He may or may not have met Tony Danza in the green room. He then returned to the band wiser and ready to paint his hands red yet again.

Missing now was a bassist, as the old one decided to pursue the art of Tattooism. Neil Jones then descended from the mystic ether. Having trained for generations in ancient temples, he solidified the line-up and the latest make of RHD was thusly completed, like a latter day Megazord or something.

With a new line-up comes a new sound. Sources close to the band indicate that they are pumping up the guitars to levels not known to mankind OR womankind. Apekind maybe, cuz they had a really hardcore band with huge guitars, but RHD will probably beat them too.

Now, Lauren, Levar, Chris, Steven and Neil embark on a new journey. A more mature sound is driving the new RHD bus.

Feverish whispers rustle through the leaves and branches and twigs- "Have you heard? There's a new album coming."