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1) Edmonton based death metal band. Not to be mistaken with the now disbanded Red Tide band from Avon, Connecticut or the now disbanded Red Tide from West Bend, Wisconsin.

2) Red Tide is also a conscious hip-hop group based in Florida.

3) From Red Tide was the loving child of bored art punks Jon Craggs and Chris Prohom at Spectrum High School in Victoria, BC. On the long bus rides from far, far Sooke to Spectrum High to downtown Victoria the band was formed as “Suburban Menace”, Jon would write songs and practice riffs on the bus until he became one of Victoria’s most explosive rhythm guitarists and songwriters. They added Colwood buddy, and the only drummer for miles and miles, Ken Jensen to the mix, and a month or two later Tim Crow joined as frontman/well intentioned agent provocateur.

As Suburban Menace they recorded the “Outta’ My Way” cassette with Scott Henderson at Hole in the Wall Studio in early 1982.

Soon after the band changed names to “Red Tide”. The name was an inside joke on the uber politics of the times. Red Tide is a shellfish disease that pollutes, and renders toxic shell fish around Vancouver Island…while others felt it referenced the proletariat struggles of punks/commies.

The sound was hard, fast, clear and angry. Personal politics and political issues melted into a blender filled with adrenaline and beer. Gigs were great, Victoria seemed to respond well to Red Tide’s sound. The floor was always packed with slammers!

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