Shades of Red

Shades of Red

 Seattle, Washington, USA
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Fronted by the compelling vocals of Solveig Whittle, Shades of Red combines muscular pop/rock with emotion-laden original songwriting. Their newly-completed CD "Absolution" is a new direction for the band, and is already garnering glowing reviews.

Biography

After the release of their first CD, Shades of Red partnered with one of Seattle premier producers, Stevie Adamek, to give birth to a new sound for their second CD, "Absolution". Shades of Red has played the local Northwest circuit for a few years, but the reviews coming in for Absolution indicate that they are the verge of a new level of popularity. With Adamek on drums, Solveig Whittle on vocals and Jack Brand on keys making up the core of Shades of Red, several guest artists (including Roger Fisher of Heart) contributed to the new CD.

Lyrics

Dotted Line

Written By: Brand/Hopkins/Whittle

You’re smiling at me through the rain
We’re passing truckers in the slow lane
From Albuquerque up to Santa Fe
All I know is it’s a perfect day.

We left St. Louis it was way past time
You had your reasons, I know I had mine
It’s all that anyone can really do
To see the rainbow in a sky that’s blue.

You and me we’re doin’ fine, crossing over the dotted line
You and me, it’s one-on-one, riding off in to the setting sun.

I tipped the waitress at the Waffle King,
I showed her my new wedding ring
You were waiting in the parking lot
I bet she wishes she has what I’ve got
I met your brother at the VA Hall
Standin' so quiet over by the wall
He took me home but baby when when we met
You had a smile that I could not forget.

You and me we’re doin’ fine, crossing over the dotted line
You and me, it’s one-on-one, we're riding off in to the setting sun.

Momma says that we’re too young, and the baby won’t know anyone.
She thinks that we’ll be back real soon, but I know she had her wishes, too.

You and me we’re doin’ fine, crossing over the dotted line
You and me, it’s one-on-one, we're riding off in to the setting sun.

We're riding off into the setting sun
We're riding off into the setting sun
We're riding off into the setting sun
We're riding off into the set - ting sun...

Sixty Candles

Written By: Whittle

Don't touch me,
I don't want you to touch me
Cause if you touch me
You'll want to hold me
And if you hold me
I'll want to leave you
So just don't touch me
Don't try and please me.

In the room where she was taken
Metal drawers with metal handles
Left her childhood forsaken
By the light of sixty candles.

I don't need you
You know that I don't need you
Cause when I need you
It makes me crazy
And when I'm crazy
You won't believe me
I'll only hurt you...
Though I don't mean to.

In the room where she was taken
Metal drawers with metal handles
Left her childhood forsaken
By the light of sixty candles.

Don't tease me
You know you shouldn't tease me
Cause when you tease me
I want to touch you
But if I touch you
It won't be easy
For me to stop you
Cause I don't want to.

Bowl of Seconds

Written By: Brand/Whittle

I wake alone in the dark of midnight
I watch your breathing fall and rise
Wish I could dream myself the kind of daylight
Where I could see myself in another man’s eyes

I’ve been walking through this land of moonlight
Never thought the road would be so hard
The days become a kind of endless twilight
The nights they only get me so far.
The nights they only get me so far.

My heart serves to feel
My heart serves to feel
My heart serves to feel

It’s hard to talk to you when words become like weapons
You tally up your wins like this is war
You drown your sorrow in your bowl of seconds
And push envelope of love too far

You get up early and I stay up late reading
I count the empty bottles one by one
I’m not really sure exactly what you’re feeling
I just know that everything has come undone

My heart serves to feel
My heart serves to feel
My heart serves to feel

Absolution

Written By: Brand/Whittle

Come closer now
Up to the flame
Just want to know
That we're the same
We ride the wave
From steady state
So little gain
Turns love to hate

Animation
Elevation
Revelation
Absolution

To win the draw
The players fall
This is not a game
So make the call
Black or white
Is not a choice
The lightning strike
The inner voice

Animation
Elevation
Revelation
Absolution

The light of day
The heat of night
I know the way
You know what's right
Enclose my heart
In burning stone
The ashes mark
Where I have grown

Animation
Elevation
Revelation
Absolution

Animation
Elevation
Revelation
Absolution

Courtney's Room

Written By: Brand/Hopkins/Whittle

The light is grey, It fades as Courtney ends her day
She’s feeling blue, Not sure now just what she should do
Her friends signed out, They’ve all got things to be about.

Courtney’s room
She sits alone in twilight gloom
Her life unwinds
With every post she signs.

She bides her time, Working the endless checkout line
She rides the “43” and then she does it all over again
Spring in bloom, Can’t wait to get back to her room.

Chorus

Courtney’s fine, A pint and half a glass of wine
Rising through wire, She can be anyone’s desire
Like us she strives To read the signposts of our lives.

Chorus

Discography

"December Sunday" - 2008
"Absolution" - 2011

Set List

Shades of Red sets range from short to long, up to two 45-minute sets. Originals from their first CD and from their upcoming release are included. Vocal harmonies are a focus. Set list will include:

Dream # 99
Come Back Love
Dotted Line
Just Leave
Wingless Angel
Bowl of Seconds
Laces of My Heart
Waiting for the Word
River of Love
Listen for the Rain
America the Beautiful (original, NOT the standard)