Albuquerque, New Mexico based Heavy Desert Rock trio Red Mesa announce their new 7″ single “Forest Cathedral,” which will be released on May 6, 2022 via Desert Records. Watch the video of the track recorded live at High and Dry Brewing on February 12, 2022 through the YouTube player below:
Pre-order for limited edition “Forest Cathedral” bundle will go live on April 1, 2022 on Bandcamp: https://redmesaband.bandcamp.com/
Limited Edition of 50 bundles includes:
• 7″ Lathe Cut Vinyl
• Taos Sage Smudge Stick
• Embroidered Patch
• Lathe: Limited Editon 7″ lathe vinyl for Red Mesa’s new single “Forest Cathedral” on one side only. Includes stunning album cover from Kyrre Bjurling. Lyrics, credits, and “Stained Glass” artwork by Ryan Foster of Slightly Fuzzed Records. Only 100 lathes were cut, by hand, by a real person!
• Taos Sage Smudge Stick: This smudge stick is made of sacred New Mexico desert sage by Taos Pueblo artisans. Picked, blessed, wrapped, and packaged by hand.
• Patch: Red Mesa logo, high quality, 3.5 inch, embroidered.
A walk in the woods. That’s what inspired Red Mesa’s new single “Forest Cathedral” on Desert Records. Not to sound trite, but even saying that anything “inspired” the song is a misnomer. A more accurate way to explain how the song came about is that it was “revealed” to bass player Alex Cantwell during repeated hikes in the same area of Oak Flat in Tijeras, NM.
“In New Mexico where we live,” explains Alex, “there are different topographies within a short drive from each other including high desert landscapes, forested mountains, river valleys with old growth trees called the bosque, sand dunes, grass plains, salt flats, caves, etc. This provides an aesthetic variety and different perspectives. I spent 10 months renting a cabin in the mountains in the forest, and it was an amazing place to spend time. I especially loved my frequent hikes, and this song, riff by riff was all pieced together in my head as the muse provided it to me and made it available for me to snatch out of the air. The lyrics are simply an outpouring of simple gratitude for the forest itself.”
“Forest Cathedral” sees Red Mesa embracing it’s gratitude and reverence for something else as well; doom metal. While their 2020 album “The Path to the Deathless” saw the band branch out from a Desert Rock format with nods to Kyuss, but also Motörhead, east coast doom, and expansive soundscapes that would give way to quiet acoustic passages and Death Metal alike, this new single is a nod to true doom, but done in Red Mesa’s ever-evolving style.
Brad Frye / Guitar, Vocals
Alex Cantwell / Bass, Vocals
Roman Barham / Drums, Backing Vocals