Red Army Interview
my visit to Zebs I was introduced to 'The Red Army', a fantastic
four-piece band from Truro.
casually, jamming away on a wall just outside of Zebs were
Phil Burley (Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals), Rachel Shepherd
(Vocals) and Frank Axon (Lead Guitar). Drummer Carrina Miles
unfortunately wasn't around at the time.
exchanging our hellos, Rachel gave me a CD player with a copy
of their first recorded track inside. It was absolutely amazing.
Red Army audio
think they're really cool, but don't just take our word
for it! Check out the following Red Army track below!
listen to 'Unheard Songs'
guys are quite obviously very skilled guitarists, Carrina's
drumming was spot-on and Rachel's singing was utterly enchanting.
I'm already a big fan.
after I mention the words 'Could I possibly get an interview?'
Frank mutters something none of us heard and dashes down the
street practically flailing his arms in terror. So, for a
while, I had just Phil and Rachel to talk to and Rachel seemed
just as terrified at the prospect of an interview as I was!
band, like most inside the newly opened Zebs, has only recently
Phil and Carinna have been jamming around together for around
two years. They knew Rachel from school and she added her
vocal talent to the group a couple of months ago. Frank was
met during a session in a pub and he joined the Army very
has helped the band a lot. It's where they practice together
and they've made great use of the fully equipped recording
studio upstairs in Zebs.
and Rachel are the main writers of the band, writing both
the lyrics and music but say they all regularly throw pitch
their ideas to each other. When writing they generally get
their inspiration and ideas from other music out their and
their own life experiences. Rachel's a big System of a Down
fan whereas Phil highly respects Oasis and The Libertines.
guys don't just do music though. Rachel loves football and
regularly plays as goalie. Both also enjoy writing stories
says: "Most people seem to think that poetry and lyrics
are the same thing, but they're not. You can't just write
a poem and put it into lyrics, they're very different"
a fairly new band, they haven't had any embarrassing moments
together but Phil told me about a certain song he wrote a
and I were in another band once with someone else and we performed
at the Tapestry festival last year. We had a song called 'Hello'
that, at the time, I thought was amazing. The lyrics were
basically 'Hello, hello, hello, hello' and nothing else. I
went to the bar afterwards and a guy there was like 'Oh, it's
the hello, hello man!', so yeah that was pretty embarrassing!"
seems to be a running inside joke with the band as, when I
asked them about their annoying habits, they said that they
tended to say 'Hello!' a lot at random times!
was the essential 'If you all had Spice Girls stylee nick
names what would they be?' question.
away Rachel declared Phil 'Sulky Spice' to which he retorted
that she was 'Avril Lavigne Spice' - "I do not look like
was decided to be 'Irish Spice' but they couldn't quite decide
who Carinna was, either 'Quiet Spice' or 'Half-Portuguese
band isn't short of advice for those of you wanting to write
your own music. "Our main tips to newbies are listen
to our music and buy our records!" Laughs Phil.
year from now the band hopes to be releasing their debut album
temporarily titled 'Wishful Thinking'!
Red Army are definitely a band to keep an eye on, I highly
recommend you go and see them play if ever you get the chance.
We might have one of their first recorded tracks up here for
you soon, so watch this space!