DoubleView of Framing the Red
at Rocklahoma 2014
InterVIEW + Concert ReVIEW = DoubleView
On tour once, guitarist Jamie Welch broke his leg. On stage. While performing. There really should be an award for that.
“While driving,” Jordan Newman (vocalist) begins, “our bus went off a mountain and into a tree.” Making excuses, Mike Schexnayder defends himself, saying, “I had to choose between rocks and a tree, and I chose the tree.” “We were hanging off the edge, and I was just like, ‘Mike, take the foot off the gas,’” Newman recollects. “We were hanging off the edge like in a movie. We had to get a new bus.” Thankfully, none of the equipment was destroyed.
As Welch put it, “They didn’t wanna pay us any money ‘cause they don’t know who we were...We’re [just] a bunch of red necks from Mississippi. They paid us with beer and pizza, that’s about it.” I figured that was better than nothing, but Welch disagreed. “It’s not good when you have kids at home.”
In fact, all of the band members have a root back home that they can’t stand leaving. “I have two kids, our sound guy has a kid, Jordan has a dog, Mike has his mama,” Welch explained. Leaving them, according to Welch, “is the hardest part. Turning to walk away and get[ting] on that bus is the hardest moment of the entire tour.”
I didn’t know this, but Welch says that, “the tour sucks; the tour life sucks. You wanna break down. Leaving is the hardest part.”
FTR seems to have a fairly poor way of dealing with problems on tour that arise from missing their roots. “We fight and we argue all the time,” Welch describes, “…and we play music and drink a lot of beer.” Schexnayder adds that, “you really gotta love this business to be in it. You have to love what you do, and we do. All of us…we live for this.” “We wouldn’t have it no way else,” finishes Welch.
Framing the Red’s debut album Welcome to the Show features a fantastic title track that outdoes anything FTR has ever written before: Southern rock infused with a funk beat. Danceable riffs accompanied by gruff vocals and skilled drumming brought down the house at Rocklahoma. The hardcore FTR fans knew every line to every song and treated the band like a teenage girl would treat Nial Horan (I think that’s a member of One Direction).
Framing the Red owned the stage; not a single inch of the large platform was left unused. Their sound filled the Axis Stage grounds and pulsed in everyone’s hearts as they lost all their worries in the music.
Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.