Traverse City Record-Eagle

Arts & Entertainment

April 19, 2013

Red on stage tonight at Streeters

TRAVERSE CITY — What twin brothers Anthony and Randy Armstrong studied in college is not what they’ve ended up doing for a living.

But that wasn’t the plan anyway.

Built like linebackers, the pair went to Penn State — known as Linebacker U. in sports circles — but not to study music or athletics.

“When we went to college, we always knew we wanted to go into music,” said Anthony Armstrong. “But we always said we had to pick something we liked and enjoyed. In your creative brain, you really have to focus on something you love. Especially when it comes to homework and school. It’s sometimes a struggle for guys like us, because we’re so focused on the creative brain — painting and drawing and making music and playing sports, that sort of stuff.”

Anthony studied public relations, while Randy started out in meteorology before switching to management and statistics.

“I enjoyed my college career, because it was just a matter of going through classes I enjoyed and it made me focus more,” Armstrong said. “I started out as an art major and I just didn’t really vibe with the program, so I switched over.”

All along, the pair intended to get into music, and their band, Red, has produced four major label albums and eight U.S. Mainstream Rock top-40 songs. The group is playing tonight at Streeters Ground Zero, along with opening acts We As Human and Southbound Fearing. Tickets are $12.

While their hard rock style — often labeled as “post-grunge” — might say otherwise on the exterior, they’re heavily played on Christian rock stations and have had 18 No. 1 singles on the Christian Rock charts.

With the brothers manning the guitars, Red is touring in support of its most recent album, “Release the Panic.”

“We’ve been pretty much attached at the hip since birth,” Anthony Armstrong said.

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