indie folk revolution, from Gainesville, FL.
redboy is an assortment of like-minded musicians that come together in various combinations to rock out. sometimes it's just M.C. by herself, sometimes it's everyone making beautiful noise together.
redboy is a created category, a claimed identity where no positive identity was readily provided. if you are reading this, you might be a redboy too. red because we're guilty, and we can't conceal it. boy because we're not, and we won't become it. guilty of not being boys, of living in a world designed for someone else's success. that's our scarlet letter. what's yours?
redboy is where you go when society begins to whisper in your ear. it will tell you that your unorthodox face cannot be hidden, they will pin the triangle through your sleeve and into your skin, they will tell you that conformity is freedom and freedom is your priviledge and not your right. you are an un-ideal. perhaps you are the antithesis of the ideal, since you are conscious that you do not belong in the traditional, socially intelligible boxes, and yet continue to exist in spite of the discord you encounter when your life is measured against the expectations of Others.
you have always had the freedom to reject the idea of categorization. in fact, you may have been doing it all along. redboy is a box with no sides, no top. only a bottom, a base of support, a loving step from which to leap. we create our own space, instead of allowing others to assign/identify our boundaries. we self-identify, while questioning the need for identification.
we say it because it is not said. we have faith.
M.C. - vocals, guitars
Maria Carter has been writing songs since she was 10 years old.
"It's my passion," she said. "It just comes out like soul vomit or something."
That passion is the hallmark of Carter's music: meaningful lyrics, driving hooks and a sometimes soft, sometimes growly voice that is unfalteringly sincere.
Carter's acoustic pop-rock/grunge/folk style carries influences ranging from Alice in Chains to Sarah McLaughlin, including Garth Brooks, Amy Ray, Melissa Ferrick, the Foo Fighters, Fuel, and Ani DiFranco. Her guitar work is aggressive and her songwriting is wryly introspective, making for dynamic live performances.
After stints as the frontwoman of several bands, ranging in style from pop-punk to Metallica and grunge rock, Carter's now fronting Redboy, a Cold Play meets Melissa Ferrick creation. Combining the intense, technically perfect percussive complements of drummer Tobin Wagstaff, the artful back-up vocals and acoustic guitar of Kate's Love frontwoman Meredith McCall, and the excellent background work of bass player Denise Burnsed and violinist Anne Peters, Redboy takes Carter's music further than ever before.
At 21, Carter is trying to go the non-establishment route for musical success. She has produced 5 LPs and 4 EPs since she began independently recording and publishing her music six years ago, and her new album is a product of her persistent creative energy.
"It's all been done before," she says. "You just have to take what you know and make it personal. A catchy riff will never compensate for stupid lyrics that don't mean anything to the person who's singing them. You have to tell people the truth or you'll never get any respect."
Aside from music, Carter just finished her bachelor's in journalism and women's studies at the University of Florida. She grew up in the po-dunk North Florida town of Crawfordville with her parents and two younger sisters before she moved to Gainesville to go to college. She loves to windsurf, travel, play soccer and baseball, train for triathlons and then get the flu right before the race, read Tom Wolfe, and write.
Most Recent: The Red Wine Acoustic Sessions (2004 LP, M.C. acoustic); redboy 2005 EP (full band)
A.P. - violin, brilliant smiles
Anne Peters, originally from Iowa City, Iowa, started playing violin when she was 3 years old. She is classically trained under the Suzuki Method (no relation to the vehicle). She has traveled to England, Germany, and Austria touring with the Preucil School of Music Orchestra. Anne joined M.M.'s project, a band called Kate's Love, in January and was recently back-door drafted by the redboy defense department. She has traveled with M.C. and M.M. to Wesleyan College to open for the Vagina Monologues, to Georgia, for the Southern Womyn's Festival, and to Melbourne, FL, to the Florida Institute of Technology, for a National Coming Out Day show.
redboy family tree: Layne Staley (dad), Amy Ray (mom), Melissa Ferrick (sister), Cold Play (brother), Ani DiFranco (great aunt)
(M.C.) Maria Carter - vocals, guitar, drums
(M.M.) Meredith McCall - guitar, vocals, drums
(T.W.) Tobin Wagstaff - drums
(D.B.) Denise Burnsed - bass
(A.P.) Anne Peters - violin