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Spotlight Interview With Red Wine Talk

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

A fresh single from Red Wine Talk screams of passion and summer sunsets with a gorgeous pop-rock tone that comes through with a massive and anthemic feel.

"Anti-Romance" is blistering with heart and soul as it brings out a vivid palette of textures and sounds that all burst into vast choruses with swagger riddled melodic vocals that leave you wanting more and more.

The track is absolutely vibrant, colorful, refreshing, and incredibly cinematic to say the least.

The guitars leave you with a tasty hook and the song has this driving feel as the drums smash and give tastes of alternative rock brimming at the surface.

The release really showcases the bands youthful energy and incredible presence as they create such character with the performance.

It actually almost feels live in a way. Like you just watched them rock this right in front of your face.

It's the way the players feed off of each other's energies like that. It makes for something quite special really.

This song could be in a tv show or a film easily and probably should be as it just feels like a summer song.

With the release of this banger, we wanted to touch base with the band to find out where this really came from and what may be next for them.

RAG: Okay so let's start with "Anti-Romance". This single has a great radio rock style that felt a bit anthemic! Where did this track come from? (Cal) This one pretty much wrote itself. The intro lick and the line "I personify anti-romance' came during a moment of introspection whilst I sat on my bed with my (at the time) girlfriend whilst retrospectively thinking about the girl I was dating previously. We had been seeing each other for a long time but naively concluded I wasn't in a position to commit to her for personal reasons and ended up cutting things off to then enter a rushed relationship with the girl I was with when I wrote Anti-Romance. Anti-Romance is in a more 'social-commentary' way, a reflection of many people's perspectives on modern relationships where they perceive romance to be some archaic phenomenon which we only observe in films/novels. The opening line really captivates the mood of the entire song "I don't need to tattoo your name on my arm, you're already under my skin", as the conventional negativity associated to someone being 'under your skin' is juxtaposed by the vibe of the song which is marred with undertones of understated romantic sincerity.

RAG: I'm hearing some great styles on this release. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

(Fred) There are many influences we all draw inspiration from for example bands such as the 1975, The Stereophonics, Pink Floyd & Inxs and depending on the song's writer; a plethora of influences can be heard to some degree or another; although Red Wine Talk remains very fresh and very original. The eclecticism of our sound is very prevalent and reflected well in our debut album The Beauty & Elegance of Drinking Alone.

RAG: So how did this all begin for you really? When did you fall in love with making music?

(Cal) Although I'm hesitant to sound like a pretentious d-bag; I think we all fell in love with music at the moment of consciousness; however, making music became part of our lives at different times. Fred & Kain (guitar/sax & bass) have been writing music for many years throughout highschool (11y/o-16 y/o UK) and probably before that too. Despite joining Red Wine Talk at different times, having the duo in our line up at some point had an air of inevitability. Adam (drums) had been playing with bands through highschool which is where we heard of his exploits and hastily recruited him, whereas I (guitar) only started writing music from the age of about 19/20 and was more focussed on sport (rugby & football/soccer) from a younger age. I think as with a lot of songwriters; the transition from teen to post-teenhood was a catalyst for inspiration with the many challenges & life lessons we all receive in this phase When it comes to Edward (singer); a background of performance & dance accompanied with a notable singing ability from a young age have been fused together exquisitely with the creation of Red Wine Talk with a frontman performance which mirrors the energy & captivation of the likes of musical greats such as Mick Jagger & Michael Hutchence.

RAG: What's next for you as a band?

(Adam) Our next aim as a band is to break out of our current region in the UK and become international names. We have had a string of sell out shows at the biggest venues in our city but feel it's very much high time to fly the nest. Breaking the US is a collective goal of ours and we believe our music will be very well received across the pond. Moreover, we are well underway writing material for our second album and hope to have it finished by Xmas this year.

RAG: What inspires you guys to write a song? (Kain) introspection, tequila and juvenile heartbreak. (Cal) There are certain artists to whom I will listen to and be struck by inspiration; chiefly Roger Waters (Pink Floyd & Solo), Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac, The Jam & the Arctic Monkeys; bands with a focus on lyricism & impressive linguistic dexterity

RAG: What are you all doing when you're NOT working on music?

(Cal) We all have jobs which help pay the bills until Red Wine Talk is able to pay a wage. It's a case of suffering being office cannon fodder for as long as it takes for someone to pick us up. We have recently been on the radar of Manchester based record label Scruff of the Neck. Other than that, we absolutely love watching live music, so we go to venues across our city & nationwide, supporting other local artists. Ed and I are huge football/soccer fans and despite supporting rival teams, enjoy watching the premier league together every weekend (and of course the Euros and world cup).

RAG: Who are you all listening to right now?

(Ed) Nothing but Thieves, the 1975, Blossoms, for modern artists but honestly, we are so captivated by music from our parent's generation that we often find ourselves listening to vinyls of classic artists such as, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, The Cure, Black Sabbath, Floyd.

RAG: Are you doing live performances?

(Adam) We are a live band. We love our recorded music and our producer Tom Joy does a fantastic job however we sound at our very best performing live. The culmination of raw ripping guitars, my thunderous & anthemic drums and Ed's excentrinc frontman performance have all contributed towards our exponential rise in our city. We are working on increasing our online presence so we can replicate the hype in our city across the nation, Europe & eventually the USA. Off the back of our recent slot supporting The Fratellis infront of 1,500 people, we are playing an array of festivals this summer including Y Not & Pennfest, with very high profile acts (Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, the Vaccines, Nothing But Thieves) on the bill with whom we are very excited to be performing alongside.

RAG: This single seems like a big undertaking. What kind of advice might you have for other up and coming bands out there?

(Kain) Be ambitious; be as ambitious as possible at any one time. Many bands find their comfort zone and are happy to stay in it. We are never comfortable, constantly pushing ourselves with the next challenge. Whether that be with a big music video, as we have coming to accompany this single, filmed by THATMILK, or putting on a gig we always aim for the very limit of our own expectations rather than picking the easy option. Example; having sold out a 100 cap venue we then moved on to a 200 cap to a 350 cap 1 after the other, always striving to be bigger and better the next time.

RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music? (Fred) Spread the word amongst your friends! We hope Anti-Romance is the beginning of a meteoric rise (or at least a modest one!) and we are happy to welcome many many more of you into the Red Wine Talk family. Follow us on social media but more importantly than that; if you see us in your city, come to our shows! Live music is ours and every other artist's lifeline and a living passion of all of us; please support where you can or we will start to lose venues which may never return to their original state. If you like our music, drop us a message on Instagram we are more than happy to chat to fans!

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