ReD RioT is yet another band that is new to me. But hey, I love discovering new bands so this suits me perfectly. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What fascinates me is how you can still come up with new combinations of chords to make new songs and sounds that have not been heard before. What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-First of all thank you! This is a huge compliment for us. When we write our songs we never think about being innovative at all costs. We just aim for good songs to express ourselves as people and as musicians.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-Our first ep, “Fight!” came out in 2016, so if we hadn’t done any step further, we should have sold our guitars!
Joking aside, our secret is rehearsing a lot and listening to what we play again and again. We never stopped working to improve ourselves and that allowed us to make this little step forward possible.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get? How important is it to have a message in your lyrics? What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-Our biggest deal when we write is to express our thoughts the clearest we can. Sometimes people find topics too rude, some other times they share the same feeling we have about that. Our goal is to show how much we are pissed off to live in a world where everyone is selfish and you have to struggle for your own right to live the way you want. That’s why the message is the focal point we build our music around. The red thread could be the simple fact that we want to make people hear our voice and everyone else’s who share our thoughts.
Songs talk about different subjects: people, situations, events and so on. There are songs like “Sleazy life” or “Blow till you drop” that want to show decay from two different points of view. In fact, Sleazy life talks about a form of decay that makes you lose everything, Blow till you drop about the decay you find yourself in when you’ve got nothing to lose.
Others like “Rise or Fall”, “Child of Steel”, “Squealers” and “Who we are” are kinda our “political manifesto”. These songs are the ones that better describe our thoughts about society and the raw reality, like in Child of steel, where we talk about a dead child found some years ago lying on a beach, fallen by a boat that should have brought him to a better life, away from his country, in the same way it still happens today, image of the cruelty of this society.
There are also songs strictly related to our vision of music, “Attitude” describes our feelings when we play live shows, “Bang your head” represents how music has the power to get people together and to be the last grip you can trust on to keep on living. A sort of “salvific power” music had and still has for many people, including us.
Last but not least, songs like “H.I.P.S.T.E.R.” or “Rippin’ money”, in which you’ll find our opinion about hipsters and Hairy-lip midgets who owe us money.
But the MOST IMPORTANT thing, no love songs. We’re not an indie-pop band.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands/sounds do you indentify with?
-We play and we listen to different genres, to have various influences, but the bands that most influenced us, are the good ones. We let people choose what they want to hear in our music.
How did you go about choosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-Funny story about that! We had an undefined idea about it. We just thought it had to be representative of our music, and we figured our logo, filled with explosion and fire, but we didn’t say anything to the author, Roberto Toderico. He just listened to our album and said “I’ve got some ideas”, and the artwork was exactly what we wanted.
Something that scares me a bit is this I hear from more and more bands that they arenít that bothered with art work anymore because people today download rather than buy physical. To me the whole point is to have art work that matches the music. I donít know how many times Iíve been disappointed by weak art work to an otherwise cool album. Whatís your opinion on this subject?
-Yes, we totally agree. Artwork is what hits you first when you see a CD, and even if everyone listens to music online, we still believe in the feeling of the rituality of having a CD in your hands, and listening to music while reading the lyrics on the booklet to get fully involved in what you’re facing. Artwork is the first thing you see that can make you have that kind of feeling.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
The first sentence of the Chorus. Or the loudest choir. That’s all.
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (itís easier to just have your phone or pad when youíre out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We wouldn’t have this problem if music was considered a real job, since it takes time, effort and money like every job. But it isn’t, so of course we’re worried we won’t be able to live with our music. That doesn’t mean we’ll stop. We’ll do anything we can to do that or we’ll die trying.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-We live for live shows. There’s no other way you can show how much you worth as a band.
What lies in the future?
-We hope to travel around to bring our music in Europe. Hopefully we’ll come and see you in Scandinavia soon. Don’t hesitate to contact our manager mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly on our Facebook page. One thing is sure, we’ll never stop!