Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Red Sun Rising: Uninvited... and it's stunning

Mike Protich, vocals, Red Sun Rising
Mike Protich, vocals, Red Sun Rising, Sacramento 2016
I don't quite know how I missed this when it was released as a single a couple of months back, but I only heard Red Sun Rising's cover of Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited" on the radio this week. They played Uninvited live to us back in October, at the Ace of Spades, and yes... it's special. Vocals, guitar... all of it. Not on an album (yet), but you can buy it now (for example, here on iTunes).

Remember this song? Morissette wrote it for the soundtrack of City of Angels, the movie with Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan... and City of Angels, as Jade Anna Hughes reminded me, was a remake of the wonderfully haunting movie, Wings of Desire (Der Himmel ├╝ber Berlin). Red Sun Rising's video of the cover of the song of the movie which was a remake has much more in common with the heaven over Berlin than Hollywood... and it manages to be creepy while engaging; kindly yet unnerving, thought-provoking, worrysome and beautiful, all at the same time.

You can watch the official video here; be aware that there is nudity, in case that offends you (or the person looking over your shoulder). There's also a guy who puts more emotion, longing, shame and love into his eyes in a couple of minutes than most actors do in a lifetime.

If you have any doubts about the vocal skills of Red Sun Rising's frontman Mike Protich, they disappear with this song.

Simply stunning... both this recording of the song, and the video.

Red Sun Rising are still out there touring: find all dates on their website or Facebook.

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