ABOUT SEEING RED
Seeing Red is an original rock band that was formed in 2012 by Tara Black. We've played a lot of amazing venues and have been in line-ups that included English heavy metal band, Diamond Head, support for Missing Persons, support for Patty Smyth and Scandal and shows with projects that included amazing musicians such as Phil Demmel of Machine Head. Writing our own music and playing that music to appreciating crowds is nothing short of humbling and awesome! Seeing Red recorded their first singles in 2017, of which have been aired on the radio in California, Georgia and South Carolina, and the release oftheir first album in 2018!
Band Leader, Lead Vocals, Songwriter
About: I was born in Fresno, CA to a military family, causing me to move throughout my life. One move led me to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas. I have been singing my entire life, starting at a very young age singing in choirs, plays, writing songs, but really bloomed in Texas performing in weekly shows. I Flew to Nashville, TN for the weekend and was offered a job as a track singer at a studio, after a producer heard me sing at a bar. I decided I wanted more and changed up my musical style. I moved back to San Francisco, California, where I founded, created and started my band, Seeing Red, an Alternative Rock band, in 2012. I finally found the right mix of personalities who were looking for the same thing I was, in a band. I consider my band mates, my “band of brothers”.
Influences: 30 Seconds to Mars, Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Aerosmith, Creed, Evanescence, Green Day, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Paramore, Pink, The Doors
Venues Played: Johnny High’s Country Music Review located in Arlington Texas; The Garland Opry located in Garland, TX; Cowboys Music Dance Hall located in Arlington Texas (as an opener for Neil McCoy) where most of the popular country artists started before they won the Horizon awards at the County Music Awards; The Round up and The White Elephant located in the Ft. Worth, TX stockyards. Bands invited me to sit in on their sets and sing with them. Sunnyvale, Crockett, San Francisco, Alameda, & Half Moon Bay, CA.
Interests: Rock climbing, motorcycles, dirt biking, MUSIC! Singing and song writing is my life. I love to make people happy listening to the band play and to give them the performance they deserve to hear. An audience takes the time out of their lives to come hear us play, spend their money to hear us play, in order to escape from life for an evening. Seeing Red owes an audience the best performance we can give them.
ROBERT O’BRIEN - aka "Doc Bob"
Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
About: I was born in Portland, Oregon in 1981, but grew up for most of my life on Vashon Island, Washington (a small island in the Puget Sound that is a 15 minute ferry ride from Seattle). I have a PhD in organic chemistry and my day job is organic chemistry research, though music has always been my passion. I have been playing music for 19 years. Formal training: 1994-1999 weekly guitar lessons with Daryl Redeker, in Vashon Island, WA; Summer 1995 guitar classes at Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI; 1998-1999, three quarters of music theory courses at Seattle Central Community College, in Seattle, WA; 2000, two semesters of music theory courses, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD. Instruments played: guitar, bass, synthesizer, vocals.
Influences (guitarists): David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix , Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell, Eric Clapton, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Kirk Hammett.
Influences (bands): Pink Floyd, Faith No More, Amorphis, Sepultura, Pantera, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Nirvana, Aphex Twin.
Venues Played: Strawberry Festival in Vashon, WA.; VashonLandtrust at Vashon Island, WA.; The Crux in Vashon Island, WA.
Interests: In addition to my interest in science my interests and hobbies include reading philosophy, writing fiction, jogging, hiking, and camping.