When you play festival style, how does a band make their mark amongst so many other bands vying for the audience’s attention? You come out swinging. Candlelight Red hits the stage at maximum velocity and intensity from the first to the last note.
According to their bio on Last FM, “Candlelight Red is the culmination of two central PA bands merged into one. Bassist Adam Zimmer and Drummer Josh Hetrick were the rhythm section to the State College based band “Stept On”. After the band called it a day in 2006 the two decided to join forces with guitarist Jeremy Edge who had been with the band “Backstreet Law” who later changed it’s name to “Til December”. Out of the ashes came Candlelight Red.
After gigging with vocalists Charlotte Kopp and Greg Locke, The band found Ryan Hoke to fill vocal duties. Ryan had played in the bands “Hyphema” and “Slant 6”, who opened for such acts as “Hatebreed” and “Clutch”. Things clicked immediately and the band began writing songs together”. CLR’s current lineup is comprised of vocalist Ryan Hoke, guitarist Jeremy Edge, bassist Jamie Morral, and drummer Brian Dugan- and it appears to be the perfect mix of chemistry to bring about a musical explosion.
Candlelight Red’s debut EP Demons is full of solid songs and suprises. Fan favorites like “Closer” and the cover of Roxette’s “She’s Got the Look” have received significant airplay with no small help from excellent videos.
Singer Ryan Hocke and guitar player Jeremy Edge took some time out their crazy schedule during the Rockstar Uproar Tour and sat down with Pittsburgh Music Magazine on their tour bus to talk about pre-show rituals, writing songs, touring, and future plans. What follows is an intimate look at the beginnings of a career that should have long lasting and resonating effects due to their passion and wearing their influences on their sleeves: Candlelight Red