Red Letter Days release first CD

It is truly a red letter day for one local band. Since releasing its first CD in the middle of December, Red Letter Days, made up of musicians from Gilroy and Morgan Hill, has been turning heads with its melodic rock tunes.

The group is marketing its first release “Recall” at the outlets in Gilroy and on its Web site,

The band has also been spreading the word the old fashioned way – by touring throughout Northern California, including stops in Hollister and Gilroy.

The eight-song long CD also includes a bonus ninth recording of the group’s performance at Santa Cruz radio station KMBY 103.9.

The group is selling the CD for $5 and has sold about 120 copies so far, said band member Tom Martinez Jr.

“The hardest part in making the CD was getting the time and schedules together,” said Martinez, who plays the guitar and handles the special effects. “So far, we’ve gotten pretty good reviews.”

The band’s style is influenced by Foo Fighters and Deftones. Members are Wade Hamilton, a drummer from Morgan Hill; Tom Martinez, from Gilroy; Mark Martinez, (no relation), a vocalist guitarist from Gilroy, and Joey Burdick, of Morgan Hill, who plays bass and sings.

The members grew up together playing under the name Pyracy before becoming Rise. Because several bands in Northern California had the same name, the band changed its name to Red Letter Days.

Red Letter Days has performed at many local venues including the Gaslighter in Gilroy and Family Tree in Hollister. Band members said they hope to unite with other bands in the area to do more shows.

“Right now, we are promoting like crazy, so more people will come,” Tom Martinez said. “We do everything ourselves. We call the bands. We usually make a couple thousand flyers. Within the next few months, hopefully we will have some touring events in the area. We’ve been trying to get shows in the L.A. area, but it is hard because we don’t have any other bands to go down with.”

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