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RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) is an American band based out of Reston, Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington, DC.  The band was formed in 2011 and is made up of members, Red (guitar), Gold (bass, vocals), and Green (vocals, guitar).

In the fall of 2011, RDGLDGRN, recorded their breakout song “I Love Lamp” and uploaded their self produced and directed music video to Youtube, where it reached over 100,000 hits within the first few days.  In the Spring of 2012, the band recorded their debut album through their new record label Fairfax Recordings.  The group asked fellow Northern Virginia native Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters to play drums for the song “I Love Lamp.”  Grohl agreed and played drums throughout the entire record except for their song “Million Fans,” which featured a sample breakbeat.  They also managed to get fellow Virginia native Pharrell Williams to co-write and co-produce their song “Doing the Most.”

The “Red Gold Green EP” was released February 12, 2013 and reached the Top 100 on the American Itunes album chart.  The band made their first television debute on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in March 2013 performing both “I Love Lamp” and “Million Fans.”  The band also performed at SXSW in March 2013, at the DC101 Chili Cook-Off in May 2013, and the Van’s Warped Tour in 2013.  The band finally released their debut, self-titled album in September 2013.

RDGLDGRN’s musical style has been described as indie go-go.  A combination of indie rock and a syncopated Washington, DC rhythm which is known as go-go.  Marcus J. Moore of MTV says that “their music is an ambitious mixture of breezy island rhythms, garage rock and go-go; the homegrown sound of nearby Washington, D.C.”  Purevolume.com describes their sound as a fusion of “breezy indie rock with pop-leaning hooks and hip-hop breakdowns.”

However you describe them, they just sound good.  The mix of indie rock and hip-hop is a something that many bands have strayed away from recently but RDGLDGRN just seems to get it right.  With their catchy lyrics about life after college and their mix of laid-back to almost punk-influenced guitar riffs, RDGLDGRN embraces their unique sound and hopefully will be able to maintain it as they work on their second album.

Check these guys out!  Below are some of their best songs from their debut album “RDGLDGRN.”

 

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