Red Sun Rising is an American rock band from Akron, Ohio. The band has released two studio albums through the Razor & Tie record label; their first, Polyester Zeal, in 2015, and their second, Thread, on March 30, 2018.
Red Sun Rising formed in 2006 when Mike Protich and Ryan Williams, who used to be high school classmates, struck up a conversation about music at a gas station. By 2007, Red Sun Rising’s first line-up was formed and they were playing local gigs. In 2011, Tyler Valendza joined the group, bringing a new element to the group’s sound.
They built a following by previewing their self-released albums over their social media websites and were touring nationally by 2013. In 2014, the band signed with Razor & Tie records and released their album Polyester Zealin August 2015 which debuted at number 11 on the Billboard Hard Rock album chart. In 2015, Tyler Valendza left the band and was replaced by Dave McGarry, who was first announced as the new guitarist in a Facebook post.
Their singles “The Otherside” and “Emotionless” both reached number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, making them the first band since Trapt to reach number 1 twice on their first album. Their third single “Amnesia” peaked at number 6 on the same chart. The band often uses the hashtag #WeAreThread, which is said to be the name of the genre of music they would like to represent. They explain that their influences are like threads in a fabric and they feel they cannot truly be described as one particular genre.