Red Ships of Spain
Gig Seeker Pro

Red Ships of Spain

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF
Band Rock Classic Rock


This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"In Red Ships of Spain, one can distinguish elements from some of rock and roll’s best eras. One hears Chuck Berry, the MC5, the Dictators, Pattie Smith, the Troggs, G-L-O-R-I-A, a joint at the fifty yard line, cruising the strip in that rusted-out old Nova…To put it plainly: This band plays Rock with a big ‘R’."--Nick Hilden, SSG Music - Nick Hilden, SSG Music


(Currently working on EP)



Four longtime friends, Red Ships of Spain grew up together in a small town in southern Oregon. After graduating from separate universities, each of the band members settled in Portland.

The band began as a three-piece, as Joe, Mike and Mateo began experimenting with loud noises in the basement of their poorly insulated northeast bungalow.

Six months later, Elise would jam with the band for fun one evening, and RSOS quickly became a quartet. Elise's classically-trained vocals began to marry with Mike's endearingly valiant front-man routine, just as her Precision bass bled into Joe's heavy waves of sustain and Mateo's catchy-yet-complex rhythms.

Inspired by the greats of yesteryear, RSOS hearkens listeners back to a time filled with fat guitar riffs, shotgun rimshots and endorphin-inducing melodies. RSOS tries to play with the same fire that fueled early 70's rock.

RSOS stands out simply by playing what comes naturally, and they are grateful to today's bands that are aiming at bringing back the hotness of Rock 'n Roll.