* Welcome Home To Be Released 6/12/12
* Band named one of Alternative Press’ 100 Bands You Need To Know in 2012
* Artwork / Tracklisting coming soon
Tiny Engines (Tigers Jaw, CSTVT, Look Mexico, Restorations) is honored to welcome Durham, NC rock band Red Collar to its roster. The Carolina-based label will release the band’s sophomore full-length, Welcome Home, on 12″ vinyl this summer. Welcome Home is the follow up to the band’s debut full-length, 2009’s Pilgrim. Pre-orders for the vinyl will begin in May with an official release date set for June 12, 2012.
Three years in the making, Red Collar’s Welcome Home fulfills the promise of the band’s acclaimed debut full-length, 2009’s Pilgrim. Welcome Home continues the tradition of heart pounding indie punk & roll from the Durham, NC quartet but expands the palette with dynamic results. Red Collar combine the jagged rhythms of DC punk along with the soulful, working class spirit and lyrical bend of bands like The Hold Steady and The Gaslight Anthem. Never shying away from their influences, the band proudly displays the earnestness of Springsteen, the boldness of The Replacements and the swagger of The Clash firmly on their sleeves. All that you know and love about Red Collar remains but Welcome Home opens up into hauntingly beautiful songwriting territory that touches on the timelessness of Americana roots. Red Collar is back and they are better than ever! Welcome home!
“As hard as it has become to forge an original sound in any scene these days, Red Collar have done a nice job in carving out a new niche with Pilgrim.” – Punknews.org
“To be eloquent: this shit needs to be played loud! “ – Consequence of Sound
“Stocked with highlights, Pilgrim—a dynamic departure that shows Red Collar is as capable of measured albums as it is explosive shows—counts as a triumph.” – Indy Week
“This Durham, NC band follows up their promising initial EP with an even better debut album, injecting the EP’s anthemic, post-hardcore sound reminiscent of Fugazi and Mission of Burma with a healthy dose of blue-collar Springsteen rock, a natural fit for the band’s class-conscious idealism, expressed in catchy songs with bristling guitar hooks and shouted gang choruses.” – KEXP
“The band from Durham, North Carolina delivers an amazing, ambitious, and surprisingly complex album that combines jagged post-punk with heartland Americana that would make Springsteen smile. Pilgrim is one-of-a-kind and one heck of an exciting listen. One of 2009′s best for sure.” – Can You See The Sunset