WRITTEN BY: Ujjesa Dhanak
Born from the Long Beach music scene, RedEye Redemption fully embraces their roots. Although the band faces scattered accusations of ripping off Sublime, the fact is that they have a similar style because they came from the same culture and place, which leads to things like having the same guitar teacher or the same favorite Mexican place.
Lead singer and guitarist Mick was thrown into music by friends when he was 15. Although he didn’t originally want to sing, he learned Sublime’s “Bad Fish” after some peer pressure and it soon became his dream. When drummer Eric left to tour with another band and Mick went to college, the dream began to fade – Mick wasn’t sure he could get the band back together. He built a garage studio to get people to come rehearse and record with the idea that he would record bands for a living. Shortly after, he formed RedEye Redemption with Eric.
RedEye Redemption is all too familiar with the struggles many musicians face, whether it be having to pay to play or even sell a certain number of tickets to play at certain venues. However, their place in the Long Beach community has proved to help them overcome some of the obstacles. The band came to form a relationship from Alfredo of Alfredo’s Beach House. A family and community oriented man, Alfredo gave Bradley a job, and Bradley got Mick in on paddleboard rentals. Years later, Alfredo contacted Mick after seeing a RedEye Redemption poster at an ice cream shop. He liked the poster artwork and the band’s music, and wanted them to play at his next festival. Now, since reconnecting, Mick works for Alfredo again, this time booking bands for his festivals.