Red Drapes are a four-piece band currently situated in London, England. Their melancholic sound and strong lyrical emphasis takes influence from post punk and new wave bands of the 80’s, The Smiths, Joy Division, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Cure. After only few live shows, Red Drapes soon earned themselves support slots with The Boxer Rebellion, O Children, White Rose Movement and The Chapman Family. A dystopian and somewhat nihilistic view of modern life is documented and encapsulated in their songs.
In the later months of 2008 after studying photography at university in their hometown, Adam (vocals, guitar) and Thomas (guitar) moved from the subdued coastal city of Southampton to London. They looked toward the capital for inspiration and creativity, and were invited by a friend to live in a derelict pub in South London shared with artists. Braving a cold winter, the empty building soon became a place of writing and a makeshift rehearsal space where their sound would resonate over the surrounding estates.
Whilst working in a record store, Adam met George (drums) who shared mutual influences. He was invited to a rehearsal and later joined. Spring 2009 saw a move from the derelict pub to a new place of rehearsal, in the form of a disused room in a Victorian building. Due to its deep crimson walls and bare floorboards, it was entitled by the band as ‘The Red Room’. Following regular writing sessions, Riley (bass) a close friend of George’s was invited to hear the band and joined shortly afterwards.
Immersing themselves in the metropolis ideal of London, Red Drapes began to create melodious portraits of lovelorn places and their inhabitants. Thoughts that were once harboured in small city life were now given a release, made apparent in early demos. People, the self, and the romanticised notion of cities failing are all subject matters and lyrical stimulus. Themes of isolation, banality and unhappiness can be felt in ‘Reflection’ and ‘Dirty windows’, whilst ‘Hush now the dockyard’ sees them write a love letter to old industries failing to function as they did in their previous light.
Red drapes are currently recording further demos with producer Laurie Latham (echo & the Bunnymen). An EP is planned for 2010 and will see the band continue with live shows throughout the year in the auk and overseas.
Red Drapes are:
Adam Heron - Vocals, Guitar
Thomas Walker - Guitar
George Latham - Drums
Riley Difford - Bass
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Edited by RedDrapes on 7 Dec 2009, 17:29
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