The great year after releasing our second L.P. “Soft Target” on December 1, 2017 continues, as Red Cities received acclaim for “Best Albums of 2017” by The Big Takeover Magazine and an excellent review in The Lincoln Journal Star. We were featured on Genya Ravan’s Sirius XM show “Goldie’s Garage,” on WKDU Philadelphia, on WFMU Jersey City, and local stations KZUM and KRNU among others.
Big Takeover said of Soft Target: “The five-year-old foursome’s even better, belated follow-up is a feast (and fest!) for such hard n’ raw right-hand riffing – I’ll add Fred Sonic Smith and Wayne Kramer – only Red Cities are like the Aussies that seized that Detroit/Cleveland template and set it on fire – it’s hot, hot, hot!”
We’re honored to be finalists for “Best Punk” band of the year by the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards, and by our fans for voting for us! It’s been a great year and thanks for all the support from our friends and fans.
On our albums “Red Cities” (2014) and “Soft Target” (2017), we take up themes dealing with working class liberation and social democracy, more generally part of our socialist ethos as musicians and people. Check out “Worker Song” and “It’s Political” from our October 2017 show with the indomitable Child Bite!
Red Cities had a nice write-up by KZUM 89.3 FM, our local community-based radio station, at Lincoln Exposed 2018! Check the video below!
“The four-piece garage/punk rock, Red Cities woke up the 1867 Bar with a howl before introducing themselves. Matt Bokovoy’s sharp guitar riffs led the songs, while Byron Anway’s animated showmanship added to his fast-paced, punchy vocals, the rhythm section, Josh Leeker (drums) and Justin Cermak (bass), kept the group rock-steady. The vast amount of influences from post-punk, classic rock, a little blues and much more, kept the show interesting, the audience entertained and dancing. Their most recent album Soft Target was released October 2017. There is another, self-titled album and two EPs available on Bandcamp.”
Lincoln Exposed 2018 is a local music festival that originated several years ago through Pete Watters, owner of the infamous The Zoo Bar. The festival kicks off February 7 and runs to February 10. Red Cities will be playing at Bar 1867!
Red Cities will be playing at Bar 1867 for Lincoln Exposed 2018, the local music festival sponsored by downtown Lincoln’s music venues! Our show is February 9 (Friday) at 9:40pm. We’ll see our fans there!
Red Cities Soft Target L.P. was listed at No. 60 on Jack Rabid’s “Best Albums of 2017” year end at the Big Takeover Magazine, the leading underground music magazine in the United States! Head on over to our Merch page to get your copy of Soft Target on vinyl or digital via Bandcamp.
Our new L.P. “Soft Target” was listed #20 recently in The Big Takeover Magazine’s Fall 2017 issue, in Jack’s Top 40! Give the review a read, and then head over to our Merch Page to purchase your copy of Soft Target!