Cal in Red
Cal in Red is an indie pop/rock project started by brothers Connor and Kendall Wright (Grand Rapids, MI) in November 2018. The band is named after their youngest brother Cal, who at one point had a particular fascination with red t-shirts. Their joint influence from bands like Tame Impala, Porches, and Beach House served as inspiration for the pair to start crafting their own music. Many bits and pieces of songs written throughout the summer of 2019 would eventually shape into their first four singles.
The hazy, summery “Dang” was released as Cal in Red’s first single in September 2019. A few months later “Down” was released. In March of 2020 (due to rising concerns over COVID-19) the pair cancelled their first tour a week prior to departure. The brothers took most of the COVID shutdown as an opportunity to continue refining their sound. The jangly, guitar driven “Cape” was released in August of 2020. The yearning, hopeful tones of the first three singles morphed into an indie-pop nostalgia with “Pool,” which lamented the loss of past summers and desperately grabbed at simpler, youthful times.
Four months later the brothers released their most successful track to date, “Zebra,” a looming, atmospheric, indie pop tune. Chalkpit Records had this to say on the song: “With such serious themes you might expect a density to the track, but Cal in Red effortlessly finds an airless by welding sliding vocals and synths to create a summery casualness. It’s the soundtrack to a road trip: the top spot on a playlist also featuring Beach House and Tame Impala. Though it may not be the only Zebra in existence, it sure is something special.”
Following Zebra, the group plans to release one more single before unveiling what will be their first EP (late summer/early fall 2021). This release will coincide with their first tour, highlighted by a stop at Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID.