Redwood are a five-piece indie / emo / post-rock outfit based in Hertfordshire who have just released their first full-band output in quite some time, 'Blood Moon'. On first listen I was absolutely blown away by the EP and couldn't wait to have a chat with them about how and why it came to be.
Rewinding a little bit, as I mentioned, the band were fairly silent release wise before the release of Blood Moon, with the last full band EP being released well over a year before that, with only an acoustic EP released between the two.
According to vocalist and guitarist Alex, this was a decision dictated by the writing process.
"I feel like we really stepped into our sound when we wrote 'Blood Moon'. Our last release before that had a lot of styles and some cool songs but I don't feel like we fully tapped into what we were capable of. A lot of demos were sent around and ideas thrown backward and forward, the songs came together to what they are today when we got into the shed (our rehearsal space) and really figured them out. I feel like we wanted to release an EP of songs that we were really proud of and had a clear consistent sound."
So, the band decided to take their time and let the songs progress naturally in order to make sure every track on 'Blood Moon' reached a certain standard, and this is extremely obvious when you listen to the quality of the EP in full.
This is especially impressive when you consider the amount of influences the band have as a whole. Their first release put a lot of different styles on show, whereas with Blood Moon the pairing of emo and post-rock is executed far more seamlessly.
"Personally, I'm a huge fan of those 7 minute plus post-rock songs, like Caspian and Explosions In The Sky, but the structures we were playing around with at practice seemed to [fit better with] being kept short and sweet with the explosions of atmosphere and ambience. Especially 'Haunted' which is under 3 minutes long, I'm not sure it was a wholly conscious decision, it just felt right for them to not fully indulge in that 7-minute plus post-rock style."
The fact that the band manage to include such a heavy post-rock influence in songs that are half as long as most post-rock tracks if impressive on its own, but the fact they do it without making it feel like the listener is being short-changed when listening is remarkable.
With the release of a new EP, of course, comes a tour - and according to Alex, although enduring a disastrous first day, it all went pretty smoothly.
"The tour was with our great friends Penthouse and surpassed all my expectations, especially because of how disastrous the first day was, with car troubles, broken strings, illness and the worst parking known to man, but as soon as we played all of that was forgotten. Plus, all the guys in Penthouse are such lovely dudes it was a pleasure to tour with them."
"That show in particular was with Signals at the Old Blue Last and it was just great."
"I'd say the highlight for me was the Hertford show we played at the dog and whistle with Allusondrugs. I'd never seen it so packed and felt really good to hear people singing along the lyrics. Plus, we got to watch Allusondrugs afterwards and they're incredible."
The band are also hoping to continue the touring in 2017.
"We should have a very busy 2017, we are currently booking a lot of things and have a lot of ideas planned, some of which we can hopefully announce very soon."
It also seems they're not planning on leaving it as long as they did last time with regards to their next release, having already recording something new this year.
"Yeah, we've just finished recording with our main man Hamish at his studio Phoenix Sound. We are all super stoked with how the tracks have come out, without giving too much away, the songs are definitely a departure from Blood Moon."
The last album you listened to:
"The last album I listened to in full was 'The State We're In' by Dog is Dead. It's really, really great. My favourite track is 'Big Lie'"