'The Red' is made up of Marco Aiello lead vocals/guitar and Victor Langhaar bass/back up vocals. Their new CD "Let's not and say we did", put out by Ozone Recording Company (ORC/Bella Records), is a direct result of thoughts, feelings and even disgust that they encountered while on their independent 1999-2000 North American Tour. These acoustic rock songs are
written in the first person, but all of them are other people's stories. Track 2, "GO", is filled with cheesy pick up lines (overheard by the band), and track 10, "I Am A Man", condemns rape.
Although the lyrics are written and sung by two men, the voices are multigendered. Several sung with a womyn's point of view in mind. Track 4, "Robot man", expresses unquestioned conformity to the dictates of corporate America. Track 8, "The New York City Snowflake Song", features Aiello and Langhaar unaccompanied, producing a beautiful mellow acoustic melody. Track 11,
"Janus", is purely instrumental. Pete Peterson accompanies 'The Red' with piano. Track 3, "Fries, Bread, Kisses and Toast!", is a comical jumble of strategically placed French words, boasting again the acoustic duo. The
final track 14, "Yeah", although very lyrically simple includes accompaniments by drums, keys, electric guitar, sax, trumpet and percussion leaving the listener with a delicious taste of multi-layered musicianship.