Eddie Solis the guitarist/vocalist of the hardcore band, It's Casual from East LA’s Boyle Heights, doesn’t own a car. He gets around the city on skateboard, subway and busses. Since 2004, Solis estimates he’s traveled over 87,600 miles via public transportation and he’s written a song extolling its virtues: “The Red Line,” which travels from downtown to the Valley.
The aggressive, fast-paced music video went up on YouTube, garnering attention from the LA Times and Huffington Post as well as the Metro Transit Authority’s official blog, which reports: "…front-man Eddie Solis wrote the song [as a] non-fiction account of a working professional who chooses to take public transportation ‘because the freeways are not so nice.’ In the song, Eddie takes particular umbrage with the 210, 605 and 101." The band also doesn’t sing so highly of Los Angeles' other freeways:
The I-5. The I-10. The 405./
The freeways are not so nice./
The Red Line! The Red Line!! The Red Line!!!
Simple. Effective. Says it all – though “not so nice” is an understatement.
But It’s Casual has delivered a driving track for hardcore fans to switch tracks. From the upcoming studio album, co-produced by Sergio Chavez (Motorhead, Fu Manchu), The New Los Angeles Part I: Through The Eyes Of A Bus Rider, drops March 13 on CD, vinyl and download, featuring the first single, "The Red Line," echoing its pro-public transportation message.
The music video directed by Rick Kosick (Jackass, MTV’s Wildboyz and Big Brother skateboarding magazine photographer), takes the viewer aboard LA’s mass transit system juxtaposed with the alternative -- shots of jammed freeways. It's great to see the trains growing full with passengers. And now with the price of gas on the rise, perhaps they'll get crowded.
"Red” subway lines exist around the world from Boston to Dubai, Tel Aviv to Chicago, but the idea of crossing over the “red line” -- as the furthest point that’s considered safe -- adds another layer of meaning to the title.