Sound Check: Redlands
Musician Ben Lohle has heard an expression that a band needs to “own (its) hometown,” so that’s what Redlands wants to do.
Although the band — vocalist Lohle and guitar players Eric Sanchez and Brandon Ruckman — has only been together about eight months, it has traveled to Los Angeles to record a five-song EP “The Lonewolf” that will be released during an all-ages show Friday, May 9, at Mesa Theater & Lounge, 538 Main St.
Tickets cost $10 in advance or $20 at the door, and Obtuse, Tip Toe Crow, Jeremy Arthur and Dom Colii will join them for the party. A ticket purchase comes with a free digital download of the EP because Redlands wants more locals to be familiar with its sound and its music.
The men, now in their early to mid-20s, all attended high school in the Grand Valley, and it is where their love of music formed. Being in a band is all they’ve wanted to do, so they plan to return to the studio in the coming months to record another EP to keep the new music coming.
Lohle is the primary songwriter for Redlands, a band that listens to nearly every genre of music and incorporates those broad interests into its music. Lohle brings a song to Sanchez and Ruckman, who take turns putting unique spins on it to create the final product.
“These five songs showcase all our influences,” Lohle said of “The Lonewolf,” which has gotten play on 106.9 FM and is for sale at Hastings and on iTunes.
Although the band locally goes by “Redlands” for the connection to the western part of Grand Junction, search “We Are Redlands” to find its music online.
Music fans also can hear Redlands at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Turbo in Mesa Mall and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Mesa University’s on-campus Relay For Life event.