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INTERVIEW: Redshift

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Liam: Things have been amazing! Really focusing on all the small details of getting “Cataclysm” launched plenty of fun to be had. Thanks for having us.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Invasion”?

Liam: Since we began working together “Invasion” has always been one of our favourites to play it’s a lot of fun and always feels good to explore some of our more wacky ideas and stranger influences, it also really throws you in to the start of the story.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Liam: “invasion” was the track where we first really wanted to start fusing our individual influences together and we really wanted something that could tell the story of the album well, i think the inspiration came from trying to capture the drama and feeling of really being there to experience “Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds” imagine if it was real what would be going through your head so we tried to capture that on record as “Invasion” is only the start the song will leave you on a cliffhanger.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Liam: We are planning on releasing a video soon but not for this song or at least not yet but that doesn’t mean it’s off the table.

The single comes off your new album Cataclysm – what made you want to put together a conceptual record?

Liam: As big prog fans we have listened to a fair few concepts but i believe the defining thing was how natural it felt during the writing process. The songs seemed to fit together in a way that really explored all these different moods, emotions and atmosphere so telling a story really backed up what we had and gave it more meaning and just drove us to be more adventurous.

What’s the story behind the title?

Liam: When we had the story together we had to really give it a name that lives up to the content. The Story tells of earth being completely overrun and the journey of survival in the face of a great adversary, “Cataclysm” just seemed the perfect word to describe such an event. After a great deal of pondering it all kept coming back to that one word so “Cataclysm” it was.

How was the recording and writing process?

Liam: Recording this album took perseverance, commitment and a lot of hard work but at no point did we ever question it, we knew it wouldn’t be easy but that test really proved to us that we really want to do this and take on this challenge as musicians and as friends.

The writing process couldn’t have been any more organic and enjoyable we would meet up every week to go through ideas and riffs we had come up with between working and having to be people so every Sunday became “Redshift” day before we knew it we had a few songs and it just snowballed from there, easily the most fun we’ve had in a band.

What was it like to work with Jamie King and how did that relationship develop?

Liam: So finally we finish the recording and went in to be mixed by the great Ben Turner who couldn’t have made us more proud and as he started work we had to seriously think about mastering. As one of the biggest influences for us is “Between The Buried And Me” Jack on the drums in particular said “it would be amazing if we could get Jamie king to do it” before we knew it jack asked him the question and Jamie being the top guy he is said yes” at this point we were all pretty pleased.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Liam: We had the music written and mixed at this point so musically there wasn’t anything left to do but the difference he made was absolutely stunning, he just lifted it to the next level and “Cataclysm” become something more than we ever expected.

We couldn’t thank him enough.

What aspect of the 70s and classic rock did you get to explore and capture on this record?

Liam: Rush is definitely one of the biggest influences for all of us individually with our own instruments and musically it’s in the choices of tone synth lines and phrasing. Vocal styles and use of organs and dynamics really helped us to fuse our influence together it was a great bedrock for us.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Liam: As mentioned earlier Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds as a story really was a huge event in of itself so imagine this but bigger and deadlier. We also really wanted to give a more personal element to the story and make the listener a witness to this hell and to feel the personal turmoil, love, loss and redemption. All lyrics were worked out carefully to be as immersive as possible for our listeners so you can really put yourself in the story and feel what we feel playing it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Liam: We want to very much so though nothing of a tour so much as of yet has been put together but we will definitely be waving at as many venues we can around the UK and also Europe in future. You will be hearing plenty from us on that I can assure you.

What else is happening next in REDSHIFT’s world?

Liam: Next we look forward to the “Cataclysm” launch show in bath on the 24th April at moles as a nice hometown gig.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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