(The Red Masque)
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“Hell is full of musi­cal ama­teurs. Music is the brandy of the damned.” — George Bernard Shaw

“From Penn­syl­va­nia hails a quar­tet with­out lim­i­ta­tions to their pur­pos­es and with­out shame regard­ing norms and dog­ma with­in new rock.” — Tarkus Magazine

The Red Masque is an orig­i­nal avant rock band from the Philadel­phia area. Part art, part alche­my, the group’s exper­i­men­tal song­writ­ing style is both angu­lar and eerie, accent­ed by freeform space rock impro­vi­sa­tions, intri­cate acoustics, dark atmos­pher­ics and chunky riffs. Uncon­ven­tion­al and eccen­tric in musi­cal form, the sophis­ti­cat­ed­ly sin­is­ter The Red Masque fus­es togeth­er such dis­parate musi­cal ref­er­ences as hor­ror movie sound­tracks, rock-in-oppo­si­tion, pro­gres­sive rock, exper­i­men­tal, zeuhl, heavy rock, goth­ic, psy­che­delia, space rock, and kraut rock.

Found­ed in Feb­ru­ary 2001 by bassist/keyboardist Bran­don Lord Ross and vocal­ist Lyn­nette Shel­ley, the Red Masque went through sev­er­al line­up changes over the years, but its intent and integri­ty has always remained the same. The band’s goal was, and is, to cre­ate orig­i­nal music that push­es the enve­lope of the lis­ten­er’s expec­ta­tions. With such influ­ences as Mag­ma, King Crim­son, Hawk­wind, Gong, Pink Floyd, Bauhaus, Art Bears, and Van Der Graaf Gen­er­a­tor, The Red Masque’s com­po­si­tions are as intense as they are unique.

One of the group’s first con­certs was at the Pre­lude to the North East Art Rock Fes­ti­val (NEAR­Fest) in 2001. Oth­er notable shows include the 2005 Rogue Inde­pen­dent Music Fes­ti­val in Atlanta, the 2001 World Con Sci­ence Fic­tion Con­ven­tion, the New Jer­sey prog­house series, Ori­on Stu­dios in Bal­ti­more; the Philadel­phia Land­ing Pad Space Rock Fes­ti­val; and The Gate to Moon­base Alpha con­cert series at the Rotun­da in Philadel­phia. The Red Masque also orga­nized and per­formed in the 2002 and 2003 Philadel­phia Under­ground Music and Cul­ture Fes­ti­val as well as the 2009 Philadel­phia Exper­i­ment fes­ti­val. They per­formed at the 2018 Witch­es’ Brew Fest in Townsend, DE. The Red Masque have also opened up for notable per­form­ers and musi­cians such as Chris Cut­ler (Hen­ry Cow, Art Bears), Fern Knight, Cheer Acci­dent, Echo Test (fea­tur­ing Julie Slick), Moraine, Mar­tin Bisi, The Muffins, Sleep­y­time Goril­la Muse­um, and Present. They have also per­formed on stage with such well-regard­ed drum­mers and per­cus­sion­ists as David Ker­man (5UUs, Present, Think­ing Plague) and Paul Sears (The Muffins, Thee Max­i­mal­ists). Ker­man also released two Red Masque albums through his pri­vate label Ad Hoc Records, though RER USA.

Steadi­ly grow­ing an audi­ence with­in the under­ground pro­gres­sive and psy­che­del­ic music com­mu­ni­ties for their uncom­pro­mis­ing and intense style of music, The Red Masque have released to date one EP (“Death of the Red Masque” in 2001), two live albums (“Stars Fall On Me: Live at Ori­on Stu­dios” in 2009 and “Live at the Ken­nett Flash” in 2018 ), and five stu­dio albums (“Vic­to­ria and the Harus­pex” in 2002, “Feath­ers for Flesh” in 2004, “Fos­sil Eyes” in 2008, “Mytha­logue” in 2013, and “Fath­om­less” in 2018, as well as one sin­gle, “Beg­gars and Thieves” (2003). Their record, “Mytha­logue”, was mixed by acclaimed pro­duc­er and musi­cian Bob Drake and released through Beta-lac­tam Ring Records in May 2013. Their lat­est album, “Fath­om­less” was record­ed at Philly JAM Record­ing with expe­ri­enced engi­neer and Sig­ma Sound alum­nus Mark J. Mon­toro. The album was released inde­pen­dent­ly in late Octo­ber 2018.

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