Days of the New (also known as the Red album or Days of the New III) is the third self-titled album, and thus far final album by alternative rock band Days of the New. It was released in 2001 and was originally scheduled for late 2000, but Interscope enlisted Ron Aniello to help the band re-record and remix several songs for the record. The songs "Hang On to This," "Die Born," and "Once Again" were also added during this process. Reinforcing the Days of the New album color theme, the CD case to Red is translucent red. This is their only album with a "Parental Advisory" label, though there is not enough profanity existent nor is it bad enough to warrant one, as it is only seen in "Fighting With Clay" with one use of "ass."
In February 2000, Meeks returned to the studio with a new band. This album incorporated aspects of the previous two; much of the energy from the first album had returned, combined with orchestralinterludes similar to the second album. Red also continues the upbeat vibe as emphasized on Green with more emphasis on electric guitar, namely in the opening track. The album encompasses several tracks written in 2001 as well as some of Meeks' earliest compositions, such as "Words" and "Fighting With Clay."
The original version of the album was completed in 2000. At the record label's request, the album was retooled with producer Ron Aniello enlisted to remix tracks and record several new songs. During the 2001 recording sessions, Meeks' drug use escalated to cocaine. After the album's release that September, he also started using methamphetamine and lost an extreme amount of weight, and due to Meeks' drug problems, the tour soon became chaotic.
The first single, "Hang On to This," charted fairly well and was the most added song on rock radio the week it was released. However, the album was released two weeks after the 9/11 attacks and, with very little promotion, only sold 90,000 copies. The band maintained a profile touring with the likes of Creed and 3 Doors Down.