We recently got the chance to sit down with Del McGeachy, lead singer for December in Red, a rock/metal band based out of Seattle. Want to know how they got started? Their sophomore album? Their current tour? Read on to get to know these locals!
Lemonade Magazine (LM): First off, thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Tell us a bit about how December In Red got started.
Del McGeachy (DM): We’ve all been playing in other projects for a long time and this one started mainly just for the fun of making music. We didn’t want to have to bother with the pressure of the business side of being in a band and hadn’t even named the band in the beginning. This band for us clicked musically really well and we made the transition to being a hard working band and putting ourselves out there as much as possible. We really felt that we had something and wanted to get out there with it.
LM: You were definitely right about that. You guys sound great together. Who are your inspirations, music wise?
DM: They vary quite a bit from member to member. As a band, we’ve had comparisons to Deftones made by listeners at times, and they are an influence the whole band can agree on. Incubus is another one people point out, mainly due to the vocals. I’m a big Incubus fan and it’s inevitable that some of that comes through. Heavy music is a big influence but there are other things that inspire us each individually that may be surprising. Ministry, Portishead, Tricky, Tech N9ne, Nine Inch Nails, Meshuggah, Helmet, Pink Floyd, Periphery, Devin Townsend, Karnivool, Hed(pe), Sevendust, early Korn, Opeth, and Alice in Chains are just a few that come to mind for a list that could go on for days really.
LM: That’s amazing. I can certainly hear a few of those in your sound. The Way Out is your sophomore album and it’s really started to gain momentum – how did you guys evolve as a group between the first and second album?
DM: We wrote the first album over a longer period of time and with our original drummer and bass player. At the time when we were ready to release the first one was when we became very serious and committed to all of the hard work and sacrifice that it would take to keep pushing the band to the next level. Our bass player and drummer both left to dedicate themselves to family and other goals, which led us to Colbey and Marc taking their places in the band. With this lineup, we really have a fire lit under us to set be our very best onstage and otherwise. We are all very likeminded with our goals and see eye to eye with what we can do musically. That kind of situation is where the inspiration for new material really thrives. This new album really represents us musically with everything we’ve been through during the time between releasing the first album and the new one.
LM: Speaking of the new album, the lead single, “Send Me a Postcard,” is really getting you guys a lot of attention. Can you tell us a bit about the song – why you chose it as the lead single and what the song means to you guys?
DM: This was one of the last songs that we wrote for the album. It was something we were working on when we went in to do pre-production and we hadn’t planned on including it as it wasn’t finished. I was able to write my parts and record the demo version before the other guys had heard what I wanted to do vocally on it which was interesting because I’d never done it like that before. The song became the lead single because it was such a great introduction to the rest of the album and we wanted to do a video for that one already. The song is about finding the way out of an unsustainable situation.
LM: It’s a great song and a wise choice in lead singles. Let’s transition to you live performances. You guys kicked off your tour recently and will be ending with a hometown show up here in Seattle, what are you most excited for about this tour?
DM: For this tour, the most exciting thing is going to cities and states that we’ve never played before and making connections with new fans. We always make friends with people and keep in touch. Our live shows have always been our strongest point, and sometimes it takes people by surprise, which is a lot fun for us. We can come in as a band they haven’t heard of but by the end of the night, they’ve got some merch and we’re having a good time with new people who will come out again the next time we come through their city.
DM: Soundwave in Australia!
LM: That would be amazing. Best of luck to you guys! It looks like you guys just wrapped up a Pledge Music project and earned 112% of your goal, congratulations! What was that experience like for you?
DM: Achieving the goal that we set with Pledge Music was an amazing experience for us. Things like that really show you how much support you have out there and people definitely came through for us. It was an opportunity to show what kind of fan base we have and also a chance to get people involved with the album release.
LM: Congratulations again on that! You guys deserve all the love and support you’ve been getting. I think that’s all we have for you for now but we do have one last question for you. Because we’re Lemonade Magazine, we have to ask: What’s your favorite type of lemonade?
DM: How about Lynchburg?
LM: Sounds good to me! Can’t go wrong with a little lemonade and whiskey. Thank you again for sitting down with us – best of luck to you guys in the future.
Check out their lead single “Send Me A Postcard” below!
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