Boost Your Playlist: “Red” by One Way Out

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One Way Out (Photo Credit: Carter Louthian)

Songs to get you through the pandemic.

Note: Boost Your Playlist is for songs either from local DC bands, or from artists that recently performed live in DC.

Today, One Way Out brings their second single of 2021, “Red”, to your ears.

This is a good thing. If The Rolling Stones were to release a blues single in 2021 (and why wouldn’t they?), we could imagine “Red” as the worthy B-side.

One Way Out’s powerful new blues song speaks to such weighty themes as isolation, uncertainty and self-isolation. It was written early on during the DC lockdown as a means to cope with COVID-19.

The release comes almost one year after the lockdown on music venues in DC went into effect (we personally last saw a live concert on March 12, 2020), and is a direct reaction to the trials and tribulations of dealing with a pandemic.

The band also found inspiration for the song in the film The Shawshank Redemption. Guitarist Jake Schaefer recalls, ‘A scene that really stuck out was when Andy Dufresne starts blasting opera for the whole prison. They were locked up and we were locked down, but music was giving us hope to get through it.’

So “Red” may be about being blue in troubling times, but also it’s about the hope of a brighter future. Because the future is bright.

One Way Out formed in 2012, and has five current members; Josh Gaba (lead vocals), Jake, Giulio Iacoviello (bass), Geist Topping (drums), and Ari Rubenstein (keyboard).

In case you missed it, we really, really liked their first single of 2021, “Black Lungs (and a Broken Heart)”.

Support local music and buy their songs or sign up for the mailing list on their website.

Consider your playlist boosted, and we salute those trying to rock during a pandemic!

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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