Fans of punk rock and the sounds of the early 2000’s sound will have chances to see some of the best in the business this week in Florida when rockers Red City Radio hit the Sunshine State to open several shows for Taking Back Sunday.
Red City Radio was getting ready for a gig in Charlotte when Florida Daily caught up with drummer Dallas Tidwell who was pumped up about the week ahead in the Sunshine State
“It’s got a special place in my heart. Outside of the humidity, I’m pretty stoked to be there,” Tidwell told Florida Daily.
Tidwell met his wife, a Broward County native, in Gainesville and still has family in the state. He plans to see them between concerts.
The band has other plans in the Sunshine State, even leading to a debate about whether or not to skydive between shows.
After 13 years, the members of Red City Radio said they continue to enjoy the ride and that’s helped them continue to tour.
“As cliché as it probably sounds, this is what we all love doing. There is nothing that I would rather be doing, and there are times when this is a grind, and you really do question if it is all worth it. But, at the end of the day, it really is. This is the most fulfilling thing we could be doing,” said Tidwell.
The sound of Red City Radio is reminiscent of what was popular in the early part of the century with bands like Green Day and Less Than Jake. But the band’s Oklahoma roots can also be heard in their music, something which Tidwelll admitted.
“We were more of a straight forward punk rock band,” he said. “As we’ve all grown and gotten older, we’ve started to skew towards that southern rock thing a little bit. Syrupy sweet melodies, that’s kind of what gets us excited.”
Red City Radio and Taking Back Sunday are playing at some of the premier venues in the state including House of Blues in Orlando, the Revolution in Fort Lauderdale and Janus Live in St. Petersburg. After not making a dime touring dive bars during the first two or three years of the band’s existence, Tidwell said he gets fired up to do this type of tour.
“It’s just exciting to play at those places you know. It almost feels like validation of what you are doing,” he said.
Don’t expect the band to get in your face with their politics.
“Early on we sort of dabbled in the whole political punk rock thing and we all have our very strong opinions,” Tidwell said. “We kind of decided that our band is going to embrace positivity, and just help people have a good time and maybe forget about some of that stuff for a while.”
You can catch Red City Radio on October 8th and 9th at the House of Blues in Orlando, the 11th and 12th at the Revolution in Fort Lauderdale and the 13th and 14th at Janus Live in St. Pete.
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