Hello my fellow kilSters!! It’s Thursday and that means what? Another day stranded on an island with nothing but our ever-lapsing sanity and our iPod dock to keep us from losing it completely. For today’s installment of Desert Island Thursday, we take a looksy at gloom and doom synthpop ultra group, Red Flag. I know, right? Red who? Red Flag is a group that was formed in 1984 by brothers Chris and Mark Reynolds (Mark Reynolds committed suicide in 2003 making Chris the sole original original member.)
Red Flag is like the down and dirty blues for me… except with synthesizers.
Often compared to synthpop counterparts, Depeche Mode, for me, Red Flag was always just a little darker, a little bit more bad ass compared to The “Mode”. Listen, life is never always happy go lucky. Sometimes one has to delve into that dark part of their souls, and Red Flag has always made the journey to that part of me a pleasant one. Red Flag is like the down and dirty blues for me… except with synthesizers. The Brothers Reynolds music is like a beautiful experience into the subconscious. Every once in a while, Red Flag like for fans of their music to dance, and their music represents that. What did you expect? Red Flag are originally from across the pond and as such, electronica has always been a much bigger component overseas than it has ever been here in the states.
my friends came over one night with a CD that had your standard goth fare: The Cure (but of course!), Gary Numan, and Depeche Mode, and then I heard it.
Red Flag have always had a small underground following in America, thanks in large part to the Goth movement, and in some ways, I kind of like that. It makes their music just a little bit more special and sacred that way. Red Flag came into my life by way of a single that was floating around. It wasn’t even an official single. One of my friends came over one night with a CD that had your standard goth fare: The Cure (but of course!), Gary Numan, and Depeche Mode, and then I heard it. It was something that I had never heard before and I actually had the audacity to confuse Mark Reynolds with Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode! What a fool I was! What was I supposed to think though? Up to that point, I had never even heard of Red Flag (for the record Dave Gahan sounds nothing like Mark Reynolds.) The two songs on this goth comp that introduced me to Red Flag were “The Thought Of You” and “Goodbye“, two songs off of their 2000 album, The Crypt. Ladies and gentlemen of kilScenedom, I was hooked. It was unlike anything I had heard before. I needed more.
Coincidence? Fate? I know not, but there it was. Then I started to myself, This couldn’t be it, could it?
I immediately went out to my local record shop (when they still existed) and purchased The Crypt. Luck was on my side because not only was it the only copy, but aside from your goth standards, it was the only Red Flag album that I found. Coincidence? Fate? I know not, but there it was. Then I started to think to myself, This couldn’t be it, could it? That was 13 years ago my friends. Since then, I have tracked down many a Red Flag album. Do you know what I came to find out in discovering this group’s music? Sure, there’s enough doom and gloom in their music (and subsequently, that’s actually the title to one of their songs), but you also get dance-y tracks like “Halo” and “Crazy“. I’m a sucker for dancing even though I know about four steps and I mix and match and use the same four steps in every song of every genre I listen to, but enough about my terrible dancing…
Now, go my children of the Darkened Blackness and seek out salvation. Red Flag be with you all.
If you’re reading this and you secretly consider yourselves “just a little goth“, and if your interpretation of “just a little goth” means The Cure and Depeche Mode, I have come to expand your goth-y horizons. Red Flag, Red Flag, Red Flag. Now, go my children of the Darkened Blackness and seek out salvation. Red Flag be with you all. For more on Red Flag, please visit their official site.