The Red Pears returned last month to introduce a new era of music this summer marked by their first release “Not In The Cards.” Now, they are ready to share their latest single “Twisted Colours.” Originally conceptualized during the initial days of the band’s formation, the track’s final form reinvents their beginnings into a fully realized representation of where the band is now heading. Fueled by nostalgia of simpler days of the past, the single ruminates in the growing pains of recognizing that while nothing ever stays the same, the memories last forever.
The Red Pears’ founding members, Henry Vargas (vocals and guitar) and Jose Corona (drums), draw their sound from the spectrum between the early 2000s New York indie rock scene and grunge to the cumbia and corridos that soundtracked their childhoods in El Monte, a sleepy suburban town just east of Los Angeles. After cycling through an assortment of lineups, mutual friend and bassist Patrick Juarez stayed on and expanded their operation. Now a solid three-piece band, these emerging alt-rockers, have come a long way from meeting at a local Battle of the Bands, practicing in their garages, and naming themselves after their favorite color and a pun on the word “pair”— a subtle nod to sonic inspirations The White Stripes and The Black Keys.
The Red Pears first got on the map with self-releases For Today, For Tomorrow, For What Is, For What Could’ve Been and We Bring Anything to the Table… Except Tables We Can’t Bring Tables to the Table, touring behind them and learning the ins-and-outs of being on the road. The Red Pears North Star continues to be their undying honesty and commitment to the craft. “It all boils down to effort and humility,” says Vargas. “We just want to do our best and make the music we want to make. Now we have more help and resources, but it’s about continuing to push and keeping that humility.”
2019’s Alicia, named after both of their mothers, is teeming with this maternal energy. The band’s most tender record yet also proves their most sonically and emotionally diverse, from the Albert Hammond Jr-esque guitar croon “Dreams” to the lush slowburn of opening track “One by One”. The heartfelt EP, named after Corona and Vargas’ mothers, showcases a polished alt-rock sound without sacrificing the band’s roiling, fuzzed-out garage spirit.