In my time covering local music in Hamilton, I’ve heard the name Redanda mentioned a lot. They usually come up when I ask people what they’ve been listening to, locally.
If you haven’t heard Redanda’s music before, you should imagine the sound that would be created if the Arctic Monkeys, and Sublime got drunk together at a summer beach BBQ and then had a jam session. That’s probably pretty close to what Redanda sound like, in my opinion.
I caught up with these wise-crackin’ guys to talk about their music and to learn more about them.
Q – Can you tell us a bit about how you guys got together?
Corey: Curt and I used to jam in high school, and then we met Chris and formed Redanda. Connor joined last year, he’s my brother.
Q – Over the past year I’ve heard your name come up a few times and each time people describe you by saying “they have a really unique sound” – which I think is a pretty good compliment these days! Tell us a bit about how you created your sound?
Curtis: It ts a mixture of getting better on our instruments and being better friends. I’ve heard after 10,000 hours of playing your instrument it becomes an extension of your body. So, the more we play the more we develop a sound. and we’re not too far from 10,000.
Corey: And a mixture of what we listen to and whatever comes out when we play. We hear each song individually, it is people who listen to it who can sort of mash them all together into a certain sound that is Redanda, so the question is difficult.
Q – How does song writing work for you guys? Does one person do it.. or is it a collaborative effort? Are your songs inspired by your personal lives?
Corey: Well, it varies. Everyone comes up with their own parts, sometimes I bring a layout or someone else brings a layout. Often times, we work it out together.
Curtis: And there’s also just a song born out of a jam session.
Corey: This could happen drunk, stoned, or sober.
Q – What’s it like being a young band in Hamilton these days? I know that from an audience’s perspective, the past few years have been incredible. We have so many talented bands in this city and we get these intimate shows in small-er clubs that a lot of other cities don’t really have. So – what’s it like from where you’re standing?
Corey: Its like being fucking awesome
Curtis: I’m comfortable.
Corey: It is hard
Curtis: And there’s always a struggle
Corey: With loading gear around, getting audiences, getting beer tickets, and getting shows.
Curtis: And getting paid (lol)
Corey: But it’s great, the scene is great here. There are tons of wicked bands, some whom with we’ve developed friendships with. The Great Machine in particular. From our perspective its 1/4 work and 3/4 pleasure.
Q – Do you guys have any pre- show rituals?
Curtis: Food, beer, and picking up friends
Corey: Loading the gear and then unloading it and then going somewhere to “do stuff”
Q – Your ‘Helter Skelter’ Beatles cover is really great! Do you guys have any other covers planned for the future? Or maybe – songs you’d like to cover eventually?
All: Yeah it’s great! we also do a Bob Marley cover you should check out.
Corey: We have one cover in mind that we’re gonna do soon, but we can’t say what it is yet cause its too awesome. let’s just say its a song about a fool who’s in love.
Q – What do you think you’ll sound like in a few years? Do you think your sound is still developing – or are you content with where you are now?
Corey: The moment we’re content is the moment it’ll get boring. We wanna get better always, until we die.
Curtis: I just enjoy getting better at hitting stuff
Q – What are you listening to these days? Any artists / tracks to recommend to us?
Corey: I’ve been listening to a lot of Tame Impala and The Beatles. The b-side to Abbey Road is some of the best rock music Ive ever heard fo sho. I’d also recommend whatever the Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon are going to put out in September this year cause I already know its gonna be awesome.
Corey: I’ve also been getting into Death Grips because they are insanely fucked.
Q – What do you guys have planned for the rest of the year, musically speaking?
Corey: Something we call a ‘half-length’. It’s like The Hobbit of albums because it is half the size.
Curtis: Bigger feet though
Corey: And you know what that means.
We sure do!