the Red Shift

the Red Shift

BandAlternativePunk

Rooted in 70’s punk and 50’s rockabilly, if the Ramones got into a barroom brawl with Carl Perkins this is what it would sound like. Combining three chord guitar riffs, melodic bass lines, chain gang sing-a-longs and a rockabilly backbeat.

Biography

We’re not commies, and we’re definitely not bible salesmen; just three guys in red ties playing punk music the way it should be. No solos, no love songs, and no tune over three minutes long.

Rooted in 70’s punk and 50’s rockabilly, if the Ramones got into a barroom brawl with Carl Perkins this is what it would sound like. Combining three chord guitar riffs, melodic bass lines, chain gang sing-a-longs and a rockabilly backbeat, the Red Shift writes and performs all original music. Marky strangles his guitar like a dictator on a rampage and leads the Shift into battle with his commanding vocals while Scotty walks the fret board like it’s nobody’s business and Jerry fills out the rhythm section with his dead-steady backbeats. Themes range from songs about deviants and drunkards to politics and criminals—all of which are related in one way or another.

Having recorded and produced their first two albums independently, the Red Shift went into the studio to record their latest collection, the seven song EP “I Don’t Wanna Get Gassed.” The Red Shift is currently touring to promote the album and support the local punk and rockabilly scene. Having established themselves with veteran and novice acts alike, the band is converting the masses one show at a time. If corporate rock and nu-metal are the problem, then this is the solution. Turn it up—this is Red Shift Radio.

Lyrics

The Army

Written By: The Red Shift

The Army
[Chorus]
I joined the Army I'm killing Commies
I joined the Army I'm killing Nazis

Kickin' butt takin' names
Driving tanks feel no pain
Combat roll jumpin' out of planes
Do what I'm told throw grenades

(Chorus)

Going overseas driving Humvees
American way free today
Behind the lines in a foreign place
Shootin nukes to outer space

(Chorus)

I pledge allegiance to my country
I thank the veterans who freed us
If you don't like it you better leave it
If you don't like it you better leave it because!

(Chorus) 2x

Tom Foolery

Written By: The Red Shift

Tom Foolery
Dressed in drapes, looking like Shemp
Pulling pranks, calling for help
Widdling on sticks, slamming drinks
Hacking off heads dragging the dead

[pre chorus]
Grab a mallet and a ale
Blood and jokes Tom Foolery's Tale (2x)

[chorus]
shoop, shoo, wah, shoo, wah, shoop, shoo, wah, shoo, wah
Tommy Foolery (2x)

Watch the lost die in quick sand
Sitting by a tree laughing hee hee
Weaping wives, treating lives
Hacking off heads, dragging the dead

(pre chorus 2x)

(chorus)

verse 1

(pre chorus)
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Discography

I Don't Wanna Get Gassed (EP) 2004
Better Red Than Dead (LP) 2003
Rock Action (LP) 2002

Set List

Bang and Go
The Army
Better Red Than Dead
Johnny Johnny
Turn it Up
Shining Path
Red Scare
FCC
Gainsville Ripper
I Hate Politics
Tom Foolery
Hey Schotzie
Ain't Got a Thing (Sonny Burgess Cover)
Go Go America
I Don't Wanna Get Gassed
Were Not Commies

Typical set is between 40-45 minutes of original material. We play between 15-20 songs in this time frame.