Red Ships of Spain grew up together in a small town in southern Oregon. After graduating from separate universities, each of the band members settled in Portland.
Though RSOS has spent much of its existence as a quartet, the band began as a three-piece and has recently returned to the power trio lineup, with Mike taking lead vocals and bass, while Joe shreds guitar and Mateo pounds those poor animal hides. Drum heads are made out of animal hide, right? I actually have no idea about that last part. It just kind of sounded neat in my head.
Inspired by the greats of yesteryear, RSOS hearkens listeners back to a time filled with fat guitar riffs, shotgun rimshots and endorphin-inducing melodies. RSOS tries to play with the same fire that made Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rush, Cream, The Kinks, The Band, and Bruce Springsteen the legends they are.
RSOS stands out simply by playing what comes naturally, and they are grateful to bands like The Black Keys and Wolfmother who have brought back the hotness of rock 'n roll.