Red Method look like they have a busy 2019 lined up already. The band’s guitarist, Quinton, took the lead and answered our BotD questions…
We’re primarily from London, Norfolk, Brighton and Gibraltar. Dotted all over the place but we make it work somehow.
How did you meet?
We’ve all known each other for many years within the scene in previous acts that we’ve been a part of. Solomon J (vocals) used to play in Ted Maul and Alex (Keyboards/Samples/ Backing vocals) used to be in The Defiled so they go way back. I’ve known Solomon for about 12 years from being on the same bills for shows over the years. Because of our experiences and common interests, we thought why not form a band as Red Method and play the music that we want to hear.
How long have you been playing as a band?
With this current incarnation it has been almost a year.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Solomon J has needed blood transfusions since he was a kid. He used to call this the “Red Method” for him to be able to live. We thought it sounded cool and went with it.
What are your influences?
I think people tend to naturally take influences from bands that they’ve grown up listening to. For us that includes bands like Gojira, Slipknot, Pantera, Alice in Chains and even more eclectic stuff like Nine Inch Nails, Aphex Twin and The Prodigy to name a few.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We feel that the songs are straight to the point with a lot of groovy elements while being quite heavy at the same time. There’s something for everyone on our debut record called For The Sick.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We tend to write on from our own experiences, perceptions and perspectives on how we see things. On For The Sick we deal with subjects surrounding loss, betrayal, relationships and the human condition.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
It’s quite intense. It’s a very frenetic and visual show. We see playing live as a way to bring people together and vent out their frustrations in a positive way. The reception to our live shows has been positive so far. We have plenty to announce on the live front in the coming months that we can’t really say too much about at this point, but all will be revealed in due time.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Me personally? I was at a Slipknot show and there’s the part where Corey tells everyone to sit down during “Spit It Out”, and after the count he gets everyone to jump. I jumped half a second later than everyone else and flew up this big dudes shirt and bounced around in the mosh pit up this guys shirt. I eventually got out and felt so horrible. That was wild and stupid at the same time.
It’s either that or watching people react to Meshuggah at the Forum in London in 2012. It’s funny because no one knows how to move to that band – it was like watching 1400 people have exorcisms. A truly surreal experience. They were flawless on that night.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We use Jackson guitars, EVH amps, Kemper amps, EBS bass gear, Roland keyboards, Reampzone profiles, Newtone strings, Hawk picks and Ernie Ball basses.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our lead single and debut video called “Split” from For The Sick is out now. You can watch it below or on listen on Spotify.
What are your plans for 2019?
We will be releasing more videos and singles in the run up to the release of For The Sick. You can also catch us live on the following dates with more to be announced:
- 22 Mar: Plymouth, The Junction (Loz Fest)
- 23 Mar: Weymouth, Finns
- 24 Mar: Bournemouth, The Anvil
- 20 Apr: London, The Unicorn (Deb Fest)
- 26 Apr: Colchester, The Soundhouse
- 11 May: London, The Black Heart (Incineration Festival)
- 7 Jun: Reading, The Facebar
- 9 Jun: Exeter, The Cavern
- 29 Jun: Coventry, The Arches (Mosh Against Cancer Festival)
- 12 Jul: Brighton, The Green Door Store
- 19 Jul: Gloucester, Quarry Downs (Amplified Festival)
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
For me, I’d love to support either Metallica or Slipknot. I mean who wouldn’t? In terms of having a band open for us, that’s a hard question to answer. In any case you guys should check out the following bands from the UK and show them some love: