Red Sun Rising Wants to Talk About Suicide and Mental Health With 'Stealing Life' Video


Red Sun Rising hits the highway Nov. 2 in Waupaca, Wisc., with a recent sense of objective — past persevering with to advertise its sophomore album, Thread.

Coming off a summer season trek supporting Godsmack and Shinedown, the Ohio troupe's headlining reveals will permit the quintet the chance so as to add extra materials to its set, notably together with a primary airing for the suicide consciousness anthem "Stealing Life." Red Sun Rising's video for the tune options individuals who have been impacted by suicide — a few of whom guitarist Ryan Williams met whereas in restoration supplied by MusiCares; others within the video are PhDs with an experience in psychological well being and dependancy — and the group will likely be donating a portion of its ticket gross sales to MusiCares throughout the tour.

"I believe it's among the finest songs we've ever written, and it's simply now getting its time within the mild and it's doing very well organically, which is thrilling," frontman Mike Protich tells Billboard. "On our social media we've inspired individuals to share their tales and the way (suicide has) affected them. We weren't positive the way it was going to go, however it's been unbelievable how many individuals are saying, 'I've been there. I've been suicidal' and seeing different individuals touch upon these feedback, saying, 'Glad you're right here,' and simply individuals reaching out to one another.

"It's type of began conversations on all of our posts and all of our platforms. Just seeing individuals be that open and public about it’s actually shifting — and that's what we needed to do. It's debunking that stigma that you may't speak about it and letting individuals see there's different individuals like them which have struggled with psychological well being points. I believe it's vital to simply make that outlet obtainable to individuals."

In addition to pushing these initiatives, Protich and firm are wanting ahead to enjoying extra of Thread, which debuted at No. three on the Heatseekers chart in March and No. 21 on the Hard Rock Albums survey. "It's the primary time individuals had one thing to check the primary file (2015's Polyester Zeal)," Protich says. "It's positively totally different than the primary file. It's not Polyester Zeal and I believe some individuals didn't like that and a few individuals cherished it, so it's been fascinating." It's additionally been a problem to show the Thread songs into reside efficiency items, he acknowledges.

"There's much more texture to this file, and it takes all 5 of us enjoying their half always," Protich explains. "On the primary file it was type of like, 'Here's the guitar tone, right here's the drum tone, let's make the file.' This one we took each single tune individually, so for taking part in it reside we needed to type of sit down and work it out. We've added loads of guitars to our arsenal, some amps, some results. But it was enjoyable as a result of we're type of gear nerds at coronary heart."

Red Sun Rising will likely be on the highway within the Midwest and South via Dec. eight. The group can be deciding on the subsequent single from Thread, whereas 2019 plans are targeted throughout the pond. "I believe the one factor that we type of uncared for on the primary half of the album cycle was worldwide," Protich notes. "We went over twice — which means the U.Okay. and EU and Russia — on Polyester Zeal and we haven't achieved something but for Thread, which we now have to handle. So I believe in 2019 we're gonna concentrate on extra worldwide and recover from there.