THE RED BULLETS pre-gig interview
with The New Roxette in a flat somewhere in Aylesbury…
first encountered The Red Bullets in June 2008 at the Kings
Head in Aylesbury. We
had gone along on a Saturday evening to watch the band, with
no previous knowledge of who was playing.
Well, what can we say we were absolutely blown away,
Lee Vernon (Pearl Handled
Revolver) was on harmonica that evening and the band just
played like every gig mattered.
By the end of the evening we were out of our chairs and
bopping along with everyone else.
followed them ever since and are proud to witness their continuing
evolution and we eagerly await the next chapter… So to be able to interview them was part
of this process.
spent quite a few weeks gigging in France at the beginning of
the year – how did that go?
It was amazing, the crowds really got behind us and
there was a lot of crowd surfing going on. Every venue was packed
and the merchandise went down really well.
We did plenty of ski-ing and drinking and it took a while
getting over the two-month hangover!
the injuries sustained in France affect the gigs at all?
Wheeler managed to dislocate his shoulder but was
able to carry on and we all came back in one piece.
you think the “lost” keys will ever turn up?
Oh you had to mention that didn’t you! We reckon
they weren’t really lost and that Mark hid them so that
he had to go back to France once we got a new set of keys.
TNR: The Echo Sessions EP really captures your live
sound, was that intentional?
The previous CD went down well and is still being
bought, but it didn’t capture our live sound. What we did was to go into the Studio and
basically played for two days live and every track was done
in just one take.
We are planning to get into the studio and do an
album this year and we still want to get that
…(While playing back the interview another
conversation could be heard in the background running along
the lines of… “Where
did you buy this wine? It’s rubbish, undrinkable c***p,
- What did you pay for it or were they giving it away as anti-freeze?”)…
there anywhere in the UK that you haven’t played yet and
what is the next market to crack?
Newcastle or up North. Next area to crack is the North.
Mark epically said “or the East” (lots
of laughter followed!).
We have played Leicester. (Editor: perhaps geography is not their
are your current and future plans, gigs etc.
Big focus on festivals this summer including, The
Aylesbury Festival, Hobble on the Cobbles, Hereford festival
and one at Chipping Norton.
are your influences/inspirations?
and Elton John
Mark: Rock music, Kings of Leon, really anything
that has a great beat.Wheeler:
Grunge, surf, classical, Led Zeppelin, Feeder. A tune is a tune at the end of the day.
Kyle: As a 9 year old kid it was Hank Marvin, The
Greatest Hits of the Shadows was my first LP. Also like Queen, Brian May, Massive Attack
– different influences and they change all the time.
there one song that you wish you had written?
Rhapsody by Queen
Wheeler: Rock ‘n Roll by Led Zeppelin
Mark: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
Pete: That is a really difficult question, I’ll
have to get back to you on that one………….
Later during the gig at The Bell in Aylesbury, Pete announced that he had been interviewed
and asked a stupid question by The New Roxette and the answer
was the song they were about to play – “Tiny Dancer”
by Elton John! Thanks for the plug!
week later at a hometown gig, which was heaving with people
dancing and singing along – one comment that was made
to the New Roxette was that “…you could tell they had been
in the Alps as they were so tight it was awesome!”.
Catch The Red Bullets live at: Aylesbury Festival
(12 July 09), and Hobble on the Cobbles (23 August 09)
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