Melbourne rock outfit Redcoats have just released their debut self titled EP. Taking influence from Kyuss, Black Sabbath and Black Mountain, the band formed in 2007 and gradually stamped their mark on the Melbourne scene and have since toured with Stone Temple Pilots, played Pyramid Rock Festival and a host of shows around the traps. A free download of the track ‘Giants‘ is available [Here]. The band took the time to give us more of an insight into the EP via our On The Record questions. Click below to expand this post and take a read.

EP available now in stores via Island Records Australia / Universal and online [Here] for $8.99 with Free Postage.

Tell us about the title…
Our EP is self titled. Seeing as it is our first release, we felt this was acceptable.

Tell us about the artwork…
A very good friend of ours Julian Hocking did it. It was his concept and we thought it suited us so it got the gig as our EP front cover.

Tell us about the studio and why you chose to record there…
We recorded at Birdland Studios in Prahran, Melbourne. It is a very comfortable environment and it suited us really well. What is on the EP is a combination of two recording sessions about a year apart. All up we did eleven songs I think and our favourite five are on the EP.

Tell us about the producer / engineer and why you chose to record with them…
Rob Long did the engineering. We met him first before we went into the studio and we felt like he would be a good choice and it turned out he was a very good choice. He’s great, and we cannot speak highly enough of working with him.

How long did it take to record?
Two sessions of about a week each.

Tell us a little about the recording process the band used.
We recorded the rhythm section to tape nice and live and then started putting guitars and vocals over it slowly on Pro Tools. We would have liked to do it all on tape but it costs lots and takes longer. One day.

Any guests involved? if so, who and what did they do?
Mr Joe Cope, the one and only, plays organ on Rainbow Lips.

Anything particular stuff outside your usual live gear used in the process?
All pretty much came from our live rigs give or take a pedal or two.

Any memorable studio moments?
We had plenty of happy times in the studio. Completely immersing ourselves inside our music is a really cool thing to be able to do. We had a lot of friends come through the studio especially during our first week when we were recording dreamshaker & giants. That particular session was a lot of fun, quite a rude amount of fun! One of the fondest (and more publishable) memories is of a few of our friends getting tattooed in the back room, our favourite of which is a peace sign over Jumpin’ Jack William’s heart.

Any additional tracks recorded that didn’t make the cut but may see the light of day sometime?
Yes there is. There are a couple that may come out for the album and there are a few that will never be seen again.

Now that it’s ready for release, what can fans expect of the EP?
It’s heavy. It’s guitar rock pretty much. I think it is a good introduction to us. You can see where we are coming from and where we might go.

Any stand out track/s to you personally?
They are all enjoyable to me but I think the most fun track to play personally is ‘Rainbow Lips’.

Anything else of note you want to say about the album?
You should listen to it. This would please me greatly.

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