Red Star Rebellion

Red Star Rebellion

BandAlternativeAcoustic

We are an alternative band with poetic lyrics, powerful vocals, and melodic instrumentation. Our radio friendly songs move listeners on a deeper level, especially in their moody, acoustic versions. Either way, audiences are sure to experience a dynamic performance.

Biography

Officially formed in August 2009, Red Star Rebellion quickly made its impact on Tucson's local rock scene. After the band's second show, the Tucson Rock Alliance (TRA) named the group Tucson’s Featured Alternative Band and posted a review that shot them into the spotlight. Rik, TRA's founder, has since said they are one of the best act's he's booked.

Red Star Rebellion’s frontman Damon McLaughlin, an award-winning poet, brings dynamic vocals and alluring guitar work to the group. A powerful vocalist and the band's primary songwriter, there is no mistaking his stamp on Red Star Rebellion's sound.

McLaughlin’s rhythms are tempered with the leads of rock climber Corey Ellison, who joined Red Star Rebellion in August of 2009. Influenced by guitarists from Jimi Hendrix to Stanley Jordan, Ellison is a natural fit for the band, able to lay into the rhythms as well as to leap into the forefront of the melodies.

Rooted in the blues, bassist Aaron Ekstrom keeps the band's tunes from ranging too far into the open-jam, outer-space zone. With a PhD in Mathematics, he maintains a calculated, low-end rhythm for the group’s frequently syncopated style.

Drummer Matt Cucuzza’s influences range from Benny Goodman to Incubus. His flair for jazz and funk adds to Red Star Rebellion’s uniqueness while maintaining the band’s radio friendly sound. Drummer by night, he’s a University of Arizona grad student by day.

Together McLaughlin, Ellison, Ekstrom, and Cucuzza become a rock band unique among rock bands, producing a sound and style definable only as Red Star Rebellion. While the group’s influences may be heard, the band’s groove is solidly their own; as other acts follow the trend, Red Star Rebellion sets it.

Lyrics

Love Her Like I Love The Rain

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

i love her like i love the rain,
you know i do
i love her like i love the rain,
you know i do, i do

just yesterday, she was walking away
for nothing at all
i said come again, my heart’s in a well
and the change is starting to fall

but she kept walking, down that dirty
yellow road
and i started screaming, all my wishes through the walls

i love her like i love the rain
i love her like i love the rain
you know i do

so i tore the pockets out of my jeans,
ran my fingers through them holes
there ain’t nothing that god sees,
the devil don’t already know

so i kept on, took a walk out of town
my car was broken down
and the wind it turned heavy, the sky she filled with sound

i love her like i love the rain
i love her like i love the rain
i love her like i love the rain
you know i do

she smells like rain when she’s walking away
for nothing at all
it’s the end of a movie,
the credits have started to roll

and i’m on my knees like the way she pleased, i wonder if she sees
through the purple clouds, a thunderstorm, the lightning of my needs

i love her like i love the rain
i love her like i love the rain
i love her like i love the rain
you know i do

Rust

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

not so long ago, there was so much i didn't know
down by the river where the angry people go
down around the park, we chased our demons in the dark
down by the river where the broken people part

went downtown, to see who was around
bones with his skull crushed into the ground
went to that place, you know that bar where we used to hang
talked to a woman, she said love wasn’t her thing

and i'm lonely—am i forgiven—too late to say goodbye i think i know
and i wonder—if he's still drinking—too late to say goodbye i think i know

'cause i walk into the room, and it smells like alcohol
seeping into bed where i don't feel at all
and i try to escape by sticking my face down through the drain
when i think of him i don't feel pleasure, don't feel pain

we shared smokes, there was no one else in the bar
she tried to confess but she couldn’t get very far
bought her a drink, waved her goodbye
walked uptown with her thoughts on my mind

am i lonely—am i forgiven—too late to say goodbye i think i know
and i wonder—is she still drinking—too late to say goodbye i think i know

'cause i walk into the room, and it smells like alcohol
seeping into bed where i don't feel at all
and i try to escape by sticking my face down through the drain
when i think of her i don't feel pleasure, don't feel pain

Pierced

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

sitting on the back porch steps—wondering what they were at
cars drivin’ round, drivin’ by—like thoughts passing through my head

took a pull on my last cigarette—wondering if that was it
cars drivin’ round, drivin’ by—in a mental accident

and oh, i don’t know—if they’re driving fast or slow
and oh, i don’t know…

what time it is today, if they'll leave or if they'll stay away
if they have picked out a name, playing these simple games

kickin’ all his friends in the back—thinking that that’s where it’s at
learned it from his girl in her fucked up world—to make himself into a real cool cat

took to the needle to sew up his heart—we watched him right from the start
but he took to the needle no one believed it—so we watched him flying apart

and oh, i don’t know—if they’re driving fast or slow
and oh, i don’t know…

what time it is today, if they'll leave or if they'll stay away
if they have picked out a name, playing these simple games

The Way

Written By: Damon McLaughlin

she keeps the hours—in a jar beside our bed
a glass reminder—what she can do with time
an invitation—to journey through her dreams
fenceless spaces—these meadows of her head

upon waking—the world does seem strange
I smell wildflowers—I smell rain
nostrils flaring—wild horses run
she keeps the hours—my world rearranged

but where can we go from here
moonlight all so clear….so near to me
our feet never touch the ground
only way to fall...is down to earth

she unlocks the door—that opens on a field
she makes me amber—running through her hair
is that the ocean—opening with stars
event horizon—a vision so unreal

but where can we go from here
moonlight all so clear….so near to me
our feet never touch the ground
only way to fall...is down to earth

the only way to fall...is down
the only way to fall...is down

Discography

EP recorded and produced at Luna Recording Studios (producer George Nardo) 10/2009-11/2009: Rust, Love Her Like I Love The Rain, Pierced, The Way.

Set List

Our typical set hovers at 45-60 minutes, and we maintain 90+ minutes of music (two sets). We are an original band and play acoustic as well as electric version of most of our songs, which broadens our venue marketability.