After a brief hiatus, RDGLDGRN (pronounced RED GOLD GREEN) is back and fresh off the release of their second EP in the US and debut LP in Europe, Red Gold Green 2. Mid last year, the band leaked their first indie single, “No Pixar,” to kick off the summer early. They would later follow that up with the high energy release, “Runnin Away.” EP2, not only signaled an ambitious progression in the band’s sound but spoke to their readiness to move toward independence.
With a distinctive go-go drumbeat, native to Washington D.C., serving as the backbone to the band’s sound, RDGLDGRN represents the best of the city’s musical heritage: influenced by punk, hip-hop, jazz, indie rock, and soul. The result is a trio that could be the lovechild of The Neptunes and Arcade Fire—excelling as a live indie band, a hip-hop group and production trio. To put it simply, this band, while deeply rooted in D.C.’s sonic landscape, also manages to transcend it.
RDGLDGRN initially gained widespread recognition after self-releasing the song, “I Love Lamp,” on YouTube, a song that landed them in the studio with Dave Grohl and Pharrell Williams, with whom they collaborated on their debut album, RDGLDGRN LP. Williams co-wrote and co-produced the standout track “Doing the Most,” which showcases the breadth of the group’s capabilities and their willingness to defy convention.
However, while the singularity of their music demands attention, it is their live performance that has boosted the band’s reputation and built them a diverse and loyal following. The band’s ability to engage with their audience—combining audience participation and irreverent ad-libs and mash-ups to accompany their high-energy performances—has established RDGLDGRN as a must-see live act, sharing stages alongside Outkast, The Killers, The Foo Fighters, 311, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, and AWOLNation and currently on tour with The Dirty Heads. With each performance, RDGLDGRN delivers the kind of energy that could jump-start a stadium, as they did opening for (Foo Fighters July show), with the kind of audience connection one would expect at a private club.
RDGLDGRN proved they have and will continue to evolve in their sound, as the group fuses its genre-bending musicality with a sly wit, honesty, and truly global worldview. On, “No Pixar,” the group confronted the trials of forging their own path and establishing their own sense of identity and morality—a move that not only has The Source calling them “the rap game’s Disney,” but signals the band’s willingness to step into the void. Then, “Runnin Away” earned spots on the Spotify New Music Playlist, garnered nearly a half a million Spotify streams and landed on EA Games, UFC 2016. Now, In preparation for their next album, they have released a new song, “Karnival” along with a Pledge campaign that is nearly 100% funded just one month after its launch date. Not content to be the product of their myriad influences, RDGLDGRN continues to stake their claim as the new musical vanguard.