MIMR brings you Salford’s very own Red Light Effect, a rock band with some big plans for the future and happy to have them on the blog
I spoke to the band about what they’re all about and what to expect at one of their loud, live shows
MIMR: Thanks for being with us on the blog, how did the band start and what influences do you have on your music?
RLE: We’d all been knocking about in bands so our paths had probably been entwined for some time we just didn’t know it. It all fell into place when the guitarist sold a guitar pedal to the bassist, the twist was he’d forgotten to bring the pedal and they decided to have a drink instead and had a good chinwag. The four of us got together in January this year, we spent the first couple of months in the studio writing, recording demo’s and falling in love!
We’re influenced by anything from Northern Soul to Punk, I suppose our initial writing period was affected by listening to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club but we all listen to different things, we got heavier when Ste the drummer joined he brought his big beard and some punk sensibilities to the songs.
MIMR: Tell us all about the new single, how did it come about?
RLE: Phosphorous was a fairly organic song, the intro was knocking about for a while then over a few rehearsals we developed the rest. It was the first song we truly wrote together so it’s become a template for us. It’s given us confidence and we think that’s evident in the song. It’s not about being shy, it’s about telling people that they’re important to us despite the nonsense in life.
MIMR: What can people expect from one of your live shows?
RLE: There’s a buzz you get when you have an embryonic tune and it develops into something special, you want to share that feeling with other people. Playing to people who are seeing you for the first time and seeing them enjoying how the show and the songs unfold is the closest thing you get to that buzz.
Playing live makes it all worthwhile, you’ve got to treat every gig likes it’s your last. We’d like to think that comes through in our performances. Perhaps we appear a bit heavier live, but that’s just the live experience for you.
MIMR: What does 2016 have instore for the band?
RLE: We’re still plotting at the moment and due back in the studio in January. We know our first gigs will be to support the launch of Phosphorous in early February around the North West. We’re then planning to get out on the road including a return to London and our first trip up to Scotland.
We’re working on the summer festivals, hopefully we should get some news about them over the coming months. We’ve also been working with some independent film makers in Manchester so we’ll be supplying some of the soundtrack to those films and even appearing on the big screen.
MIMR: Thanks again for talking to MIMR, all the best with the single. With xmas just round the corner, do you have a favourite festive song?
RLE: Let’s say The Pogues and Kirsty McColl’s Fairytale of New York is in a class of it’s own. So Darlene Love’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), but then again Shakin Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone runs it pretty close!!!!
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Watch out for their new single out next year!