Redwire have made a name for themselves for their high energy live shows and adding a modern edge to their well crafted songs, Redwire are prominent in the London underground scene for hard rock.
Formed in 2014, they have since played most of the London gig circuit and branched out into other counties.
They released their debut EP in 2015 to acclaim, which has been featured in The Moshville Times, TBFM and tracks have been played on various radio stations.
They’ve built upon this momentum by having a consistent gigging schedule, embarking on UK tours in 2015 and 2016 and have played at prominent festivals in Hertford and organised Redrock Festival.
With lots of exciting plans in the works, Redwire are moving in huge steps and will soon be a force to be reckoned with!
How would you describe your music?
We call it “modern hard rock” .. we take a lot of inspiration from the 80s heyday of hedonistic hard rock: think Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, as well as a little punk thrown in there, but we have grown and adapted our style into something quite unique. Every song is quite different, so it’s hard to categorise exactly.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
Redwire started with D and Aimee realising a mutual love of music, jamming after work and beginning to write riffs and improvising together. After a while D’s songwriting was getting better, they realised the songs were actually pretty good, so they started to look for other band members to perform together. They first found singer Mario in early 2014 and started serious rehearsals for their first gig at the 12 Bar Club in May 2014.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Guns n’ Roses for sure: Slash for awesome licks and solos, Duff for wicked bass lines, Steve Adler for creative drum beats. Our singer Mario loves Green Day and takes a lot of inspiration from Billy Joe.
What inspires you?
Expressing ourselves through music. All the inspiration from the songs comes directly from our lives (mostly D’s, as the principle songwriter). It gives us great pleasure to hone that, to become the best we can be at conveying exactly what it is we are feeling, in a musical way.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
It’s a combination of many things. Usually D comes up with some lyrics and tunes, quite often writing at any random moments and the basic chord/song structure. We then flesh them out usually D’s flat in Camden, or in Aimee’s motorhome. We find a lot of creativity is unlocked while travelling.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
That’s easy: ‘Born To Lose’. It’s a song about having a shitty upbringing and being told you’ll never make anything of your life, and it’s about defying that, turning it around, making a success of yourself. It’s a great song to sing on stage, because not only does it say, “Look at us now … come and watch what we can do” .. but it also encourages others to do the same: “Listen up. You can do whatever the hell you want”. It’s a very powerful song.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
It would be great to go on tour with a modern band that has made it, like Heaven’s Basement. They are an inspiration to us because they’re not massively popular in the mainstream, they’ll never be in the top 40 or anything, but they’re well known and liked among people who like hard rock. That’s what we’re really going for too. To get heard by the kind of people who give a shit about our kinda music.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
We think bands need to take back control! Especially in London. With a few notable exceptions, most promoters are greedy, out for money. They don’t craft a good night of relevant bands, and they don’t promote very well. We’ve got so fed up of this we’re doing it ourselves. Hire a venue, choose bands you know and like, promote the hell out of it, make it free entry if you want to, and collect donations to split between the bands. This is what we’re doing for Redrock Festival. We’ve chosen 15 bands we have come to know and admire, bands from all over the UK and abroad. They’re all coming to The Dublin Castle in Camden on Sunday 2 October to play in an epic free entry festival. We totally believe there is a lot of great music out there, and we’re keen to show off the best of unsigned bands who have become our friends along the way.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We did a gig swap with a band from Leeds called Youthful Fancy. They came to play in London, and a few weeks later we went to Leeds as part of our second UK tour. Funny thing is, they are students, so in London they barely drank at all because they couldn’t afford more than about 1 pint each on London prices! Different story in Leeds! They invited us back to their uni halls where we proceeded to get blind drunk playing games that involved drinking Jack Daniels like it was orange squash. We drank until we passed out. At about 5am Aimee woke up, realised we were in a students kitchen, and proceeded to cook a massive fry-up breakfast using their food! After which we walked back to the motorhome tour bus across a park and watched the sun rise through a hazy fog. It was a beautifully serene surreal moment.
What are your future plans?
Right now we’re focussing on Redrock Festival on Sunday 2 October, which is getting pretty exciting now it’s so close. After that, we’ll go back to the studio and focus on learning new songs that we’ve written, ready to perform at gigs both inside and outside of London. We plan to follow up our debut EP with a single and with a music video. And there will undoubtedly be another UK tour early next year, taking our energetic rock sound further afield, picking up new fans, and having a lot of fun along the way.