From down near the south coast, in a city steeped in Roman history, we have Redshift – today’s Band of the Day…
How did you meet?
JOSH: We all met studying while studying music at Bath college.
How long have you been playing as a band?
JOSH: We started jamming ideas in early 2017.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
LIAM: As i am a huge nerd i found the concept of red shift fascinating and the thought of seeing the lights of the most distant objects in the galaxy just gives an epic image of the universe. I felt it really fits our sound.
What are your influences?
JOSH: Our main influences are bands like Dream Theater, Between The Buried and Me with older prog vibes from bands like Rush and Genesis.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
JOSH: Our music sits in the progressive metal genre but mixes together the melodic prog influences from Dream Theater and Rush with heavier elements from bands like Opeth. I would say it has a touch of the more classic metal style in there too.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
JACK: The album has a storyline to it. It’s about an Invasion and how one man loses a loved one due to it and uses that as an incentive to stand up and fight. It’s a bit action man haha. Action man vs Alien. The story is vague enough that you can come up with your own details.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
JOSH: We haven’t played a massive amount of shows as of yet, but we do like to have fun on stage and enjoy it whilst trying to make sure we sound tight
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
JACK: We’re all pretty boring to be honest. I’d rather just be sat down eating Monster Munch watching Rush play a 5 hour set.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
JOSH: Being a big John Petrucci fan i love the sound he gets, so i use an Ernie ball music man majesty through a Mesa Boogie 2c+ and a Stage 2 custom cab.
JACK: I play Tama drums, Sabian cymbals, Evans heads, ProMark sticks and a pearl demon drive pedal.
LIAM: I play an Ibanez SR5006 through an Ashdown abm 600. My big keyboard is an old Roland RD700nx and my synth is a Roland FA-06. Please endorse me Roland.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
JOSH: We’re promoting our upcoming debut album ‘Cataclysm’ which is out April 26th.
What are your plans for 2019?
JOSH: To get the album out there for as many people as possible, start spreading the word and get gigging more.
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?
JACK: Headlining would probably be Dream Theater although an all seated crowd might not work for us. Maybe Opeth headlining then and then maybe Pilla opening. They were a really cool band we played with doing something a bit different.