Interview With Dallas TX Rock Band, Redline

By Jake O'neil

Dallas, TX, is the home to soulful rock band, Redline. The members of the band include Joseph Campise (lead guitar), Austin Adams (bass), Joe Rodriguez (vocals/acoustic guitar), and Nate Williams (drums). Heavily influenced by the likes of Jimmy Hendrix and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Redline is a stand-out high energy rock band.

The was formed about five years ago and the members tell me that they have loved every minute of it. Austin tells me during our interview where the band got their name - the term "redlining your car." Redlining is phrase which to them symbolizes their attitude as a band - they give it their all and putting everything they've got into all things they do.

When Redline begin working on a song, they just start by "going with whatever comes" to their heads. What they do next is pretty unique; Austin claims that it is the same as what the band, the Postal Service, had done way back when they were off at college - as members of Redline are today. Someone from the band will record a chorus or riff with his cell phone and send it in a group message to their band mates. Then all of the members will critique what's been sent as a group. At the end of the semester, the whole band will meet up for band practice back in their hometown, during which time they jam out their previous ideas and bounce things off of one other.

Redline just released their latest album in January and plan on releasing a couple of singles over the summer. When I asked how close all the band members were as far as their friendships and interpersonal relationships go, they told me that they all feel like they were born to play in this band together. This group has been through bad shows and great shows, bad luck and good luck. Much like the story behind their band name suggests, they have learned to never give up, "even when you think life couldn't get any worse, never back down."

The band also says that they will almost certainly never go the way mainstream music goes. Austin says, "the group has been through too much sh*t to not make it, and I love it." The band's hardest struggle when they first started playing music was building up their fan base and getting the response they were really looking for in potential fans. After putting themselves out there though, they finally were able to foster the support they were so desperately searching for. The members of Redline are looking forward to performing together for years to come in the future.

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