River's Edge Bands & Artists
The Red Western
Sound: Indie Rock, Americana, Pop
If you’re one to judge a band by its name, you might make some assumptions about The Red Western -- one might be that the Pittsburgh four-piece is a country band. And a few years ago you would’ve been mostly right. But in 2016, with its first release since former guitarist-songwriter Sean Soisson left to move west, The Red Western is an entirely different animal.
That’s not to say they’ve given up on country.
“No way!” says bassist Jay Leon. “The idea for The Red Western has always been to write the songs we were interested in at the time.” Sometimes that’s alt-country; sometimes, as on 'Sirens', the first half of the band’s new double EP, it’s absurdly catchy indie pop. The common bond is a breezy simplicity of sounds that makes The Red Western a fun listen, even when the music underlying is deceptively complex.
Currently, The Red Western consists of Lauren DeLorenze on vocals and guitar, Jon Gunnell on guitar, Jay Leon on bass guitar, and Sean Finn on drums.