Running Red Lights

Running Red Lights

BandAlternativeRock

Running Red Lights delivers honest, heartfelt lyrics within the framework of straighforward alternative rock music riveted with pop hooks. The songwriting is based around strong vocal melodies, and with a high intensity live show, this band is not to be missed.

Biography

In October of 2005 a band formed and rehearsed without any material, a drummer playing percussion on a laundry bin and a hand-cart, and a lead vocalist singing vocals through a practice amplifier and a karaoke microphone.

One and a half years later, relying on their love of music, friendship, and an explosion of musical creativity, that same band has created something truly unique. You only need to listen to a single track on their debut album Enter the Tide to feel the emotion and energy behind the music of Running Red Lights.

The music from Enter the Tide is intense from start to finish. Beginning with the blaring riff of “Last Call” the album never loses momentum. Highlighted by anthemic tracks like “Someday,” and “Influence,” the album is riveted with endless hooks and music that will be stuck in the listener’s head for days. Enter the Tide reaches its emotional peak with the track “Addiction,” written about an old friend lost to a drug overdose. Listening to this album from start to finish is truly a memorable experience.

Consisting of 4 New Jersey natives Greg Townsend (lead vocals, guitar), Mike Lemezis (lead guitar), Brian Peak (bass, vocals), and Anthony Gagliano (drums), the band had already carved a niche and created newfound excitement within an otherwise bland music scene. In late 2006 Townsend contacted New England producer Aaron Katz to produce their upcoming album. Fresh out of the studio, the band plans to promote heavily in the upcoming months.

Their live show is not to be missed. The band is able to play with incredible energy without sacrificing its musical quality. Townsend is surrounded by a blur of movement as Lemezis and Peak endlessly thrash behind him, pausing only to tune in between songs or emphasize swells within the music. The crucial elements now in place, Running Red Lights has nowhere to go but up, and hopes to take you along for the ride.

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Lyrics

Addiction

Written By: Greg Townsend

Do you wonder sometimes if the whole world is standing still?
Or standing at all?
I can feel the faultlines forming, it's not long until they break.
Don't you care at all?

About the views of a few passing strangers?
Or will you runaway and deny what was real?
And then you see yourself turning into something that you don't know
It's not impressive to deny how you feel

I can't help you anymore
You forgot what life was for
And if you won't unlock the door
I can't help you anymore

So now I turn to see you far behind, and I'm afraid to watch you fall
I still can't believe you're gone
It wasn't long ago you were by my side, but I missed your final call
You were forgotten, but not for long

I can't help you anymore
You forgot what life was for
And if you won't unlock the door
I can't help you anymore

I sleep in anchored thoughts of yesterday
I wake at night and try to runaway
But waterlogged my feet are forced to stay
My mind is soaked, I'm scared, but I can pray

I can't help you anymore
You forgot what life was for
And if you won't unlock the door
I can't help you anymore

You were addicted, I can't help you
You weren't the victim, I can't help you

Someday

Written By: Greg Townsend

You follow your dreams
But look where you are instead
Do you see what I mean?
Your fate is all in your head

I know it's not my place
To put all your faith in something lost
But I've seen your face
You've felt the cost

It's that time, you will find
That the road won't lead to nowhere
So take a breath, and rest your head
You might think that life's not fair
But you have so much to show

So is it that time?
We all see your light and it's fading
Has life been unkind?
You know that love will be waiting

To take you there
Where innocence paints its own picture of hope
I know you don't care
But I want you to know

It's that time, you will find
That the road won't lead to nowhere
So take a breath, and rest your head
You might think that life's not fair
But you have so much to show

Someday you'll see the light
Someday you'll be alright
Someday you'll feel the sun
Warming your soul

Someday you'll understand
Someday you'll hold his hand
Someday you'll see them all
Rising above

And he'll be waiting there for you.

Come Clean

Written By: Greg Townsend

Telling lies while preaching truth
We waste away the aging youth
Your thoughts have been outlawed
With faith as the muse

Vision blurred by what you hear
It's out of place the focus clear
Not to be seen, not to be heard
Don't let your future hang on a word

Never again...

Do what you do, and see what you see
But question the motives
They aren't what they seem
Say who you are, but know what you mean
It's time to come clean

You have lost what's yours to find
And redefined what's in your mind
Feeling hope and asking why
Those feelings always seem to die

So understand it's not for you
To undermine what you know is true
So quiet down, stare at the floor
I won't listen anymore...

Never again.

Do what you do, and see what you see
But question the motives
They aren't what they seem
Say who you are, but know what you mean
It's time to come clean

Last Call

Written By: Greg Townsend/Mike Lemezis

Starts with a scream
Ends with me
Blowing away the smoke
All that's left

We'd better get out now
Before it's out of control
Don't hurt yourself
Holding onto the flame

I've got these pictures playing in my head

Don't waste your time
See what you're waiting for
Fall in line
Take what was yours before

This is the last call.

It's a thought you stole
That got you known
Don't let yourself
Take the credit

For the pictures playing in my head

Don't waste your time
See what you're waiting for
Fall in line
Take what was yours before

This is the last call.

Scratched With Sand

Written By: Greg Townsend

Wake up and see
Try to understand why we feel the way we do
Coarse with sand
Maybe scratching yours eyes
She lies

The glass has broken
The only thing that's left to help you time your flight
Jagged edges
Maybe scratching your mind
She cries

She can't bear the weight of fear
And she fights what is sincere
To isolate provides a time to find a chance to run
And now it has begun to change her life
And now she understands
Why being scratched with sand
Will guide her hand

Remember
Try to hide the pain and you won't need to close your mind
Jagged edges
Maybe scratching her eyes
She's blind

She can't bear the weight of fear
And she fights what is sincere
To isolate provides a time to find a chance to run
And now it has begun to change her life
And now she understands
Why being scratched with sand
Will guide her hand

And as she enters the tide
With her arms open wide
She can feel the vision return to her eyes

Blinded by trust
Eyes tearing from dust
She can see

The Neverending Days of Robin McAllister

Written By: Mike Lemezis

Cut the cord, I need the sleep
As the phone sits ringing
Empty bottles of broken glass
Blank stares and eyes stinging

You keep your pistol loaded
So throw away the key
Wood doesn't stop bullets
And you can't stop me

Maybe it's time to take it away
Maybe I'll wait just one more day
Maybe this isn't the best it'll be
But you can count on me

Their empty minds are full of dreams
Better times and bitter tears
A future full of wasted days
And nothing left to see

Maybe it's time to take it away
Maybe I'll wait just one more day
Maybe this isn't the best it'll be
But you can count on me

Strange how it always goes
The room won't stop spinning
I'm drunk off rum and looking for a gun
To end the screaming

Put a lighter to your skin
A white blaze, it's just a phase
Burning down the wild ideas
Of brighter skies and better days

Maybe it's time to take it away
Maybe I'll wait just one more day
Maybe this isn't the best it'll be
But you can count on me

Influence

Written By: Greg Townsend

Come to me
So I can break you down
I've been waiting for you

Wait and see
There's no one else around
You have nothing left to do

Decide today
Whether or not you understand
We've got to get out, but where?

I know the way
You showed me when you dropped my hand
Now I stand by the fire

I'm falling...
But I'll work it out

So lift the weight
I know it can weigh you down
You can't let it break you

There's no time to waste
Don't you feel it? It's all around
You can't let it break through

I'm falling...
But I'll work it out

To influence a life
You must strike a match in time to walk away
But you froze the air with your blank stare
There will be no light today

You tell me that mylife will realign...
You know I don't believe you
You tell me that my life will realign
Just leave me alone

I'm falling...
But I'll work it out

Ship in a Bottle

Written By: Mike Lemezis

I'd like to fall behind the refridgerator
Back with last year's newspaper
Back with all the mice and the men
That we used to know way back when

I don't think we're on the same page anymore
I stopped turning on page 84
Stopped on a picture of a wild horse
You're on a ship that's gone off course
For her majesty's royal air force

Drift away my ship in a bottle
Crash through the waves on towards the horizon
Drift away my ship in a bottle
Life moves to fast on shore, and we say goodbye

I'll wear a tuxedo to your death
Pretend things are still at their best
I'll bring my grandkids to your grave
We'll all give you a little wave
And throw away the shit we tried to save

I'm so sick of being in disguise
I'm sick of leading secret lives
You were always my favorite show
But now you're gone and you'll never know
I stopped loving you ten years ago

Drift away my ship in a bottle
Crash through the waves on towards the horizon
Drift away my ship in a bottle
Life moves to fast on shore, and we say goodbye

Discography

Enter the Tide - Released 2008 - Produced by Aaron Katz and Running Red Lights

Set List

Setlists range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours.

Originals:

Last Call
Someday
Scratched With Sand
The Neverending Days of Robin McAllister
Influence
Ship in a Bottle
Addiction
Stick Figures
Burnt
Come Clean
Suddenly
The Fear of Redemption
100 Miles South of Danforth
Learning to Write
Mastermind
The Life

Covers:

Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
Yellow - Coldplay
Story of a Girl - Nine Days
Mr. Jones - Counting Crows
Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
American Girl - Tom Petty
Here We Go - Dispatch
Sabotage - Beastie Boys