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Frank and Rachel from The Red Army

This week our Blast reporter Jonny Borders has caught up with up-and-coming Cornish band 'The Red Army'.

Plus you can listen online to one of their great tracks! Does it get any better?


The Red Army Interview

During my visit to Zebs I was introduced to 'The Red Army', a fantastic four-piece band from Truro.

Sat 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.

After exchanging our hellos, Rachel gave me a CD player with a copy of their first recorded track inside. It was absolutely amazing.

The Red Army audio

We think they're really cool, but don't just take our word for it! Check out the following Red Army track below!

Click here to listen to 'Unheard Songs'

The 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.

Shortly 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!

The band, like most inside the newly opened Zebs, has only recently been formed.
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 recently.

Zebs 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.

Phil 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.

The guys don't just do music though. Rachel loves football and regularly plays as goalie. Both also enjoy writing stories and poetry.

Rachel 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"

Being a fairly new band, they haven't had any embarrassing moments together but Phil told me about a certain song he wrote a year ago.

"Carinna 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!"

This 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!

Next was the essential 'If you all had Spice Girls stylee nick names what would they be?' question.

Straight away Rachel declared Phil 'Sulky Spice' to which he retorted that she was 'Avril Lavigne Spice' - "I do not look like her!"

Frank was decided to be 'Irish Spice' but they couldn't quite decide who Carinna was, either 'Quiet Spice' or 'Half-Portuguese Spice.'

The 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.

A year from now the band hopes to be releasing their debut album temporarily titled 'Wishful Thinking'!

The 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!

Phil from The Red Army

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