Episode 23: Blake Red: A Surge of Rock and Rebirth

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Episode 23: Blake Red: A Surge of Rock and Rebirth

Today on the podcast we are featuring the Chicago-based alternative rock musician Blake Red. Learn more about her and listen to her track “The Darkness.”

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Just popping in to give you guys a heads up.  This podcast contains paid promotional content. That means we were compensated for the feature. All opinions are our own and we only choose to represent music that we truly dig.

Today on the podcast we are featuring the Chicago-based alternative rock musician Blake Red. Learn more about her and listen to her track “The Darkness.”

Hey everyone welcome to the Eat Sleep Breathe Music podcast. I am your host Jeanette Kimszal and I am here today talking about the Chicago artist and multi-instrumentalist Blake Red.

When I first heard her music I was really blown away. There was just something so exciting about the raw power and surge of rock that she puts out in her tracks.

Blake is also an alumna of Berklee College of Music and has been playing guitar since she was 10 years old. It was at that age that she began composing songs and started her first band. By age 13 she knew she wanted to pursue music as a career.

Her music hit the scene in October 2019 with the release of her first EP SOS which stood for Songs on Suicide. 

This album was met with praise for its powerful message and exceptional musical quality. Her advocacy for mental health has been helpful to people who are experiencing similar things. This has made her stand out as an artist and garner a following. 

After the release of SOS, she took time off to deal with her own anxiety and depression. It was during this period that she was able to put her struggles into her music. She emerged triumphantly with a new song called “Follow Me” in early 2021. 

This song chronicled her confrontation with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. It was met with rave reviews from outlets including Guitar Girl Magazine, Breaking and Entering Milwaukee, and Aupium.

In August 2021 she released a new 4 track EP called Cradle.  This release featured “Follow Me” along with three new tracks including the one I’ll be playing for your today called “Darkness.”

Every song on this EP offers a fascinating musical experience. She continues to push boundaries with her exciting and high-quality musical prowess.

She is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, and drums along with singing on this EP. I love every single track on this song. And the thing that’s really cool is that they are different from each other.

You know one song doesn’t sound exactly the same. And they are really good. You know that feeling you get when you listen to music and sometimes your skin tingles or you get shivers? 

That’s how I feel when I listen to this music. It’s so powerful and so, it just speaks to you. It’s very exciting, enthralling, all of that. 

I attribute this feeling to the compelling vocals, electrifying music, and her heartfelt lyrics.

The theme of this album is her rebirth she is emerging from the darkness of her life to bring to you the listener her tales of pain and how she is back reclaiming what is hers. 

This is extremely powerful and I keep saying powerful (laughing) but I feel like I don’t know another word to describe this because it is powerful and enchanting and it’s very strong for the listener to hear this.

Because I think it gives the listener hope and clarity and if someone is feeling destitute this is music that can awaken their spirit and make them feel better.

Blake Red definitely has a knack for creating some hauntingly good rock songs that you can relate to. If you are having struggles this music may help you deal with how you may be feeling. And that is so important.

The song I’m mainly focusing on here today is “Darkness.”  And the thing I like about this song is that it’s not about running away or getting scared. Instead, it’s about finding comfort in that darkness. Taking what makes you sad and uncomfortable and using it to your advantage. 

It’s got an in-your-face sound that will make you listen to the lyrics and understand the message and get that influence of how you can overcome darkness.

To me, this song is about finding and understanding what you are scared of and turning it on its head so you are in control. 

This song. At least in my opinion will definitely awaken your soul. Blake Red rocks hard and heartfelt. 

She has been said to appeal to fans of bands like Alice in Chains, Tool, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and Hole. 

However, I’ll give you the chance to listen for yourself.  Without further ado here is “Darkness” by Blake Red.

We would love to know what you think of this track. You can tell us in a comment on our podcast episode web page or leave us an audio comment at the link in the episode summary.

For more information on Blake Red check out her official website at www.BlakeRed.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram at the handle BlakeRedRocks. That is B-l-a-k-e-R-e-d-R-o-c-k-s. Get the track now on Amazon.

If you’re looking for more new music be sure to subscribe to our podcast, see our other podcast episodes as well as our music features on our website at www.EatSleepBreatheMusic.com.

Thanks for listening and see you in the next episode!

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