Guiding you through the minefield that is humpday, chill out to some quality rock and self-referential info from Red Spektor…
Rob: We are all from around Stoke-on-Trent, UK, and we get together in a practice room in Longton
How did you meet?
John: Well I stole Rob from another band’s bass player wanted advert and Jonny was introduced to us via a mutual friend after being bundled in the back of a van
How long have you been playing as a band?
Rob: Red Spektor has been around since late 2012, Jonny joined us in 2020 after our old drummer Daz left us earlier this year.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Rob: John came up with the name
John: Yeah, it was influenced by something I was reading at the time
Rob: Originally it was Red Spectre, we changed it to Spektor with a K as it was cooler
What are your influences?
Rob: I think as individuals it’s an eclectic mix, but as band I guess our influence is more of an era than particular bands. The era being mostly the 70s when amps got loud.
Jonny: for me it’s the 60s bands like Small Faces, The Who, 13th Floor Elevators, through to Motown and Northern Soul
John: and for me it was late seventies psychedelic heavy rock, Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower and a band I love at the moment Captain Beyond
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Jonny: I would place the music somewhere between Hendrix and Sabbath.
John: I think what makes it unique is we don’t consciously try to sound like anyone each of us listen to, whatever comes out from a jam can be very different
Rob: I’d agree with that, we all bring our own approach to our instrument, so the sum of the approaches is a big part of what makes Red Spektor unique.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
John: I write the lyrics around questioning things I was reading at the time, things going on in the news and social commentary. songs like “Hell to Pay” which is about the agony of modern love and society and Ivory Towers is about pain and anguish of not understanding why we have to comply with the power that be.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
John: It’s very loud, raw and honest.
Rob: Yeah, we don’t mess around that’s for sure, we must plug-in and deliver. As for number of shows, crikey, I’m not sure…
John: so many I’ve lost count now.
Rob: it’s definitely a lot and all were belters
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Rob: Probably John climbing the PA at The Corporation in Sheffield, that was an awesome gig
John: Oh god yeah, forgot about that.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
John: I play old Fender Stratocasters, old 100w Marshall plexi amps and old fuzz and wah pedals.
Jonny: I play a Premiere EPK 1950s Jazz reissue drums, in blue sparkle
Rob: Lakland Decade active bass, no tone like it, through an Orange valve bass head and my only pedal is a bass wah.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
John: We are promoting our new album ‘Heart of the Renewed Sun’
Rob: that and the new chapter in Red Spektor’s history, with the arrival of Jonny. The album is out on the 2nd October, single long way down is out on the 7th August so check them out
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
Rob: The next 6 months are to get the album out and sort some live shows out while continuing to dodge COVID
John: Pandemic allowing!
Rob: yeah, it’s not easy, but we have some ideas we’re testing out at the mo. so, watch this space
Jonny: and writing our next record.
Rob: hell yes!
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!
John: I’d say Headline: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Support: Red Spektor, Opener: Bad Earth
Rob: great choice John, if none of them were available, I’d do Headline – Radio Moscow, Opener – Psychlona
Jonny: if its anyone at all, I’d pick Headline The Beatles, Opener –Organs