When you turn off the amps, remove the stage – and take away the drum sticks, you will find there is a lot more to Redwire then just the music. We spoke to the band, the manager, and the fans, in order to gather the full picture.
Born and bred within Bradford, Redwire are well known across the city as one of the most long standing and successful bands on the current scene. We managed to find out what the band have been doing following there early success, management interest and breaking point.
It was much to our surprise to find out that the band had been hosting practice within a small garage throughout their underground career. We managed to meet with them and manager Paul at the new practice pad in Idle. Following a casual interview we managed to have a chat with the lads about a range of topics, starting on the all important topic; The Future. Following the ‘collapse’ of the Bradford Music Scene, and early success for Redwire, we were interested in finding out what was next.
‘For us, our main aim is to reshape the set list. We have grown has a band, and the music as naturally changed with that. Once we have a set of around 13 tracks we are 100 percent happy with, our aim will be to tour, anywhere and everywhere.’
Sign the dotted line…
Redwire manager Paul shared his vision for the band with us;
‘My main aim is to get the band signed up. Obviously for these lad’s its quite difficult because they came so close with all the early success the band had. The band had offers come in from labels, but many pulled out before offering anything concrete. We aim to make it easy for the record label now by doing all the leg work for them. Redwire will have the package for them; all they need is a pen.’
During the bands early days Redwire experienced interest from various parts of the industry including Mcfly’s manager, and slot’s at theReadingandLeedsfestivals. Following the closure of manyBradfordlive nights such as ‘The Love Apple’, ‘The Beehive’, ‘1in12’ and so on, Redwire found themselves playing less, and picking up less interest which they had previously experienced. The band admitted they almost came to the end of the road;
‘It almost got to the stage of – what’s the point?’ Lead singer Tom told us. ‘We were putting a lot of time into the band but not getting anything back in return. We almost called it a day’.
Manager Paul had been following the band for some time at live gigs up and down westYorkshire. Realising the potential, Paul intervened and acted as manager until formally approached by the band with the full time offer.
Redwire expects the complete setlist to be finished off in 2012, but we expect it may be sooner. Previously the band aimed to write a new track for every live gig, weekly at some points, and with all members contributing to the writing process we see a fast completion.
A Stadium of Music…
Following a chat about the band, we got on to the music scene withinBradfordat the moment, a subject Redwire have a clear opinion on. Having once experienced sell out gigs at the love apple, and meetings with the chairman of Bradford City (not to mention the slot at Bingley Live) the band couldn’t help but feel the scene is thinning out.
‘We used to love playing the love apple. Promoters would bring in bands from outside of the city to support, and we would in turn go support them at their hometown. That kind of thing doesn’t happen around here anymore; the council puts the festival on once a year but does nothing in-between to build for it. It’s sad really, to think The Beatles played The Odeon – now look at it.’
Cockpit – Friday 16th September
Having survived torrential rains and parking problems, Panic Music finally made it to Leeds in the wake of Redwire’s gig at the cockpit, with support from Skint & Demoralised and The Artists.
Worryingly when we arrived at 7pm up until about 10 minutes prior to The Artists set we noticed a lack of people in the venue, thankfully out of nowhere they came to a respectable turn out.
We couldn’t quite put our finger on this band; it was a mixture of noise, and melody. Although we enjoyed the set we couldn’t help but feel a little confused. The band didn’t seem to gel; coming from different areas of music producing an odd fusion of heavy rock meets indie meets experimental – Hmm.
A Little Cloudy..
Unfortunately for the pianist there was an unpredictable smoke machine placed directly behind him, and our photographer. When he wasn’t trying to play the keys, we noticed him furiously rubbing his eyes; I think we lost him at one point in the midst of the madness.
Skint & Demoralised
Signed act Skint & Demoralised were a real breath of fresh air, a mixture of rap/poetry with indie rock musicians. Crowd interaction was excellent in the set, as the singer rapped an acapella verse on racism, before rallying the crowd’s into the next song.
The music was good, with content varying from racism to Blackpool’s ‘lipstick & fish and chips’ – at times losing a sense of purpose, but the gig did just what it set out to do, have some fun.
Based in Wakefield, Skint & Demoralised had a terrific crowd who enjoyed every moment that went over the time slot, including us.
Headliners Redwire alone had sold over 170 tickets, we were wondering how that many amount of fans were going to squeeze into the small second room, but they did!
The venue was packed out front to back when the band took stage, showcasing some new material the boys from Bradford got a great reception from the Leeds based audience, all be it if they had to rephrase some chants from ‘Bradford’ to ‘West Yorkshire’!
Lead singer Tom played a big part the crowd interaction, everybody there was bouncing to the point where I found myself centre of a small mosh pit.
Listening to the band play the talent became obvious. For us, it’s only a matter of time before the right heads will begin to turn. Stand out songs included ‘Invisible’, ‘Argentina’, and what the band believe John Lennon would cover; ‘Fade Away’.
Delivering an electric set packed full of energy and upbeat rhythms, the band really grabbed The Cockpit by the balls and took it home. By the end, the sweat was dripping off lead singer Tom; it seemed that every time he had a dance so did everyone else. Redwire had mentioned that on occasions they would use a handful of secret weapons to turn around a poor gig. More times than not, a few of the golden oldie tracks would perk up a dull crowd, as much as the band hated having to use this from time to time – I somehow don’t think it was required in Leeds.
Following the end of the set theBradfordboys were chanted by the crowd to return to stage. We were tipped that the songs had been extended due to the long set; so don’t presume they didn’t want to jump on for the encore, but they may well not have had any left! Of course, a band going for 6 years will have plenty of tracks, but as mentioned the new focus for Redwire now is the new set; out with the old, and in with the new.
We thoroughly enjoyed been a part of Redwire, from practice to performance the band are focused on one thing, success; and we predict that is in store.