On August 23, Merge Records will release the much-anticipated ReddKrossLPBeyond the Door. Today, ReddKross share Beyond the Door release details as well the title track which premiered at Stereogum and is available on all streaming platforms. BeyondtheDoor can be pre-ordered now on CD, digitally, and on limited-edition opaque purple Peak Vinyl in the Merge store.
Redd Kross have also announced a massive fall tour with the Melvins which kicks off on September 3 in San Diego and includes shows in major markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and more. All upcoming shows are listed below.
Beyond the Door is an album inspired by the band’s “total commitment to having the best fucking time we can have while we’re all still here” (what they like to call “the Party”). It’s a rock and roll record and a celebration of everything brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald love, from cultures both high and low. Musically, it’s guitars, bass, and drums topped with a generous portion of sweet vocal melodies often delivered with an ambiguous edge.
Beyond the Door marks Redd Kross’ most collaborative record to date. Steven describes this evolution: “Jeff is still very much the driving force behind the compositions, but with more help from me than ever. Jeff and I haven’t shared this much of the writing and singing since Born Innocent in 1981.” Guitarist Jason Shapiro and drummer Dale Crover (Melvins, OFF!) are longtime members of the ReddKross live band, but this album marks the pair’s recorded debut with the group. Mixed in Los Angeles by Steven McDonald, Beyond the Door includes notable guest appearances from Anna Waronker (That Dog), Geré Fennelly, Buzz Osborne (Melvins), and Josh Klinghoffer.
On the surface, the album title is a playful reference to an Italian horror film the McDonald brothers watched as children, a loose rip-off of both The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby that stars Juliet Mills of ’70s television program Nanny and the Professor. But like all things ReddKross, it would be a sad injustice to stop digging there. No one knows what lies Beyond the Door… but we’re all in front of it.
Inspirations as varied as K-pop, glitter gangs, embarrassed tweens, long-term relationships, a mysterious character named Fantástico Roberto, and much more all contributed to BeyondtheDoor, an album that lures the listener into Redd Kross’ secret club full of riddles and inside jokes, with the ultimate reward of the perfect pop moment!
Redd Kross on tour: Sep 03 San Diego, CA – Casbah Sep 04 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory Sep 05 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour Sep 07 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver Sep 08 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone Sep 10 Eugene, OR – Wow Hall Sep 11 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge Sep 13 Seattle, WA – Neumos Sep 14 Seattle, WA – Neumos Sep 15 Spokane, WA – The Big Dipper Sep 16 Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge Sep 17 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge Sep 19 Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre Sep 20 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre Sep 22 Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar Sep 23 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Sep 24 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue Sep 25 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon Sep 26 Chicago, IL – Metro Sep 27 St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room Sep 28 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life Festival Sep 30 Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Oct 01 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme Oct 02 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop Oct 03 Detroit, MI – El Club Oct 04 Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar Oct 05 Pittsburgh, PA – Red Theatre Oct 07 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theatre Oct 08 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club Oct 09 Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom Oct 10 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw Oct 11 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Oct 12 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts Oct 13 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar Oct 15 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry Oct 16 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Oct 17 Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre Oct 18 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club Oct 19 Birmingham, AL – Saturn Oct 21 Orlando, FL – The Social Oct 22 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room Oct 23 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum Oct 25 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall Oct 26 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks Oct 27 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon Oct 28 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio Oct 29 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger Oct 30 Austin, TX – Mohawk Oct 31 Dallas, TX – Trees Nov 03 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress Nov 04 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom Nov 05 Las Vegas, NV – The Bunkhouse Saloon