The opening track on the Greenville quartet REdEFIND’s new EP “Raw,” “Nowhere to Run,” has all the earmarks of nu-metal. Over a relentless beat and a brutal wall of guitars, singer Branden Knapp spits rhymes as much as he sings, and the song locks into a rhythm that draws just as much from hip-hop as it does from rock. But as the song continues, “Nowhere to Run” begins to twist and turn like a roller coaster, throwing some seriously intense prog-metal kinks into the track. It’s just a taste of the genre bending the band does throughout the EP.
“I don’t really like to pigeonhole our sound,” says bassist Drew Porter. “I know we get the ‘nu-metal’ tag a lot because we play heavy music with a hip-hop influence and we have some rap vocals, but we really try to expand on that. We’re not just a one-trick pony; we pull in thrash, progressive and even some pop. Our sound is kind of a combination of everything.”
Porter says the biggest challenge in recording the EP at Greenville’s Sit N Spin studio earlier this year was to simulate the level of energy the band puts out onstage. “That’s one of the hardest things for us, because a lot of what works for us is our high-energy live show,” he says. “So in the studio we got all hyped up like we would be doing a show and record from the ground up. We wanted to create that same kind of feel. We tried to get everything down with that show feel, then go back and put the polish on afterwards. And then [engineer] Ben Scott at Sit N Spin Studios did a great job mixing and matching things.”
The band’s current lineup has been in place less than a year, but Porter says that he’s never been as comfortable in any other iteration of the group, or any other he’s been a part of. “I feel like this lineup is probably the most family feeling that I’ve had with any band I’ve played in,” he says. “Everybody’s on the same page. We’ve only been jamming with our guitar player since January, but when he came in, we felt like we’d been playing with him for years. It was an instant click. We started writing immediately and collaborated really well.”
REdEFIND will be playing an EP-release show at the Radio Room in Greenville on Saturday, and they’re bringing along an equally heavy band called Amnesis to help them out. “They’re good friends of ours from Asheville,” Porter says. “We swap shows a lot. We’re actually playing a warm-up show with them the night before our show here in Asheville. The sound’s a little different, but I think fans of ours could be fans of theirs, as well.”
And the bands will be helping out a good cause, as well. “We’ll be working with Toys for Tots,” he says, “which I’m really looking forward to. We’re hoping a lot of folks will come and bring in toys for the Salvation Army to come pick up.”
Artist: REdEFIND, w/ Amnesis & Tone
Venue: Radio Room, 2845 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville
Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m.
Tickets: $5 (over 21)/$7 (under)
Info: 864-263-7868, radioroomgreenville.com