are of the original version of Cry Tomorrow, on its first
release in 1992. The CD was reworked, remastered and
rereleased in 1999.
THE REDS: Cry Tomorrow
Three out of four serial killers name The Reds as their favorite band. Actually, I just made that up, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility. After all, director Michael Mann hired them to score Manhunter, the chilling prequel to Silence Of The Lambs, as well as using their music in Band Of The Hand and episodes of Miami Vice. This Philadelphia duo certainly won't get confused with Hall & Oates, for they deal in a menacingly modern sound worthy of far greater exposure. Since 1979, singer/guitarist Rick Shaffer and keyboardist Bruce Cohen have recorded four albums for four different labels, and Cry Tomorrow appears on indie alternative label Tarock Music (PO Box 441, Village Station, NY 10014).
have an immediately identifiable sound via the combination of droning
keyboards and guitar and Shaffer's haunting monotone vocals, and
they come up with hooks that creep insidiously into the brain. Female
backing vocals are used liberally to further push the sounds home,
and producer Mike Thorne (Wire, Soft Cell, Peter Murphy) keeps it
all as clean and sharp as a new scalpel. Those raised on the sonic
bludgeoning of industrial and metal styles will likely find this
a little too understated, but that's their loss. The cover of the
Rolling Stones classic Gimme Shelter is a logical one, but
the song's familiarity robs it of some potency. Standout cuts include Terror In My Heart, Cry Tomorrow and
the sinister Waiting For You. Cry Tomorrow remains
Better Dread From Reds.
- Kerry Doole
THE REDS: Cry Tomorrow
Colder-sounding than they were at the end of the '70s, this band still emits the same edgy desperation, thanks to Rick Shaffer's Jaggeresque vocals (there's an updated Gimme Shelter here to drive home the similarity). Ace producer Mike Thorne (Wire) adds the icy sheen he helped popularize in the early '80s, but never lets the synths gloss over Shaffer's switchblade guitar obligatos.
- Steve Holtje
On The Edge
·. The Reds inhabit an inviting, ice blue quadrant of the postpunk cosmos on Cry Tomorrow (Tarock Music, CD), somewhere near the terse rhythmic tug of Wire, New Order's frosty electro-glaze and the artgarage menace of the early Psychedelic Furs. Especially beguiling is Waiting For You, a brooding beauty cut from the same hair-shirt cloth as The Idiot by Iggy Pop ·
Merlin's Music Box
The Reds: Cry Tomorrow
Strange thing, a duet who after one album on A&M, two independent albums and another on Sire, leap into a brand new company, Tarock Music (this is the company's first release). The Reds consist of Bruce Cohen (keyboards), and Rick Shaffer (guitar), who both hail from Philadelphia, and if you were a fanatic follower of Miami Vice you might remember their names from the music credits from a number of episodes. This fifth album depicts the 'dark side of things,' a portrayal with serious undertones, painting an often frightening picture. The duet succumbs to an egocentric discovery in these pieces. Shaffer's voice is other worldly several times, as other worldly as the album. There is a similarity here to Gimme Shelter, but I don't know, something frightens me, yet attracts me at the same time. The producer is Mike Thorne (Soft Cell, Wire, Peter Murphy, Blur).
Philadelphia City Paper
The Reds put out a new CD
Much like XTC, The Reds are much more of studio creation, in that the band does not perform live. Cry Tomorrow, the new CD by The Reds on Tarock Music, is the first output from the band in quite some time. Reunited with producer Mike Thorne (Blur, Soft Cell, Peter Murphy), Shaffer and Cohen have crafted a disc that fuses the power of their earlier work with the development of their soundtrack work.
Cohen's keyboards are the most promising voice in The Red's instrumental sound, with Shaffer's guitar generally providing the momentum. The atmosphere runs from moody to aggressive, with particular standouts being the title track and a lurching cover if Gimme Shelter.
Some of The Reds' material brings to mind the approach of the influential British band Killing Joke.
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