24 May 2010

Fresh Meat Monday - Indian Red Lopez

Would you care to introduce yourself?
Hello. We are IndianRedLopez, a band from Peterhead, the North East apex of Scotland. There is a Scott, a Danny, a Dave, a Darren and a Mike.

How would you describe the music you make?
Mike: I think we make evocative, dance orientated, electronically induced, distorted rock music. I think the music we make reflects all facets of our personalities, so we find it hard to pinpoint it to one specific type.

How did you start out making music?
Dave: We started out in a covers band in our teens which naturally just led us into writing our own material. We've been writing and performing our own stuff in various incarnations for about 6 or 7 years now.

What process goes into the way you write songs?
Dave: We don't necessarily have a process or formula to how we write music, which I think comes through in the variety of structure, content and styles of what we play. Ideas can come from a scribbled lyric in a book, hummed over a thrown together chord progression and develop pretty quickly into a fully structured song. Conversely we might have two or three directions we want to take an idea within the band and as a result one verse may go through various incarnations before it even makes it to a chorus or second verse, never mind a full song. We can often frustrate ourselves with the length of time it takes us to take an idea from inception to the stage where its ready to perform live, but I think we know the pitfalls of rushing things as well so if something needs a few more tweaks or a bit more work we're not afraid of holding it back a bit.

What can people expect from your live shows?
Mike:To dance. To listen, and to watch! We made a conscious decision, when we formed this band to incorporate a visual aspect to our shows, and it’s led to us programming and coordinating them with real-time visuals, which we try to reflect the ideas spoken about in the songs. Our live shows can differ though, and often depend on the bill. We just try to reflect the show at hand. We opened for the Twilight Sad a few weeks ago, so we created this loud-ass intro and put ourselves into the spirit of that night, and when we support more electro tinged bands; we play our more dance-orientated tracks.

What are you all listening to at the moment?
Dave: The new Gorillaz album, As Tall as Lions and Martha Wainwright.
Mike: The new Four Tet record. Song Of Return. Errors. Bon Iver. The National. Gil Scott Heron. Placebo. Mew. Jeff Buckley. Apparat. The Album Leaf. Richard Hawley.
: M83. Vitalic. Also a lot of upcoming and local stuff like: Kid Canaveral. Barn Owl. Capitals. The Domino State. Vitalic. OnTheFly. In Atlanta.

: The National. The Blue Nile. MC5. Pavement. Hot-Chip. Elbow live at AbbeyRoad. Riceboy Sleeps

: Pavement. The National. Broken Social Scene.The Cribs. Beach House. Pheonix. Delphic. The Smiths. Deerhunter. Errors & Admiral Fallow.

What can we expect to see/hear from you in 2010?
Mike:We’re doing a handful of Scottish dates at the end of May, so we plan to continue to tour as much as we feasibly can, and hopefully play some small festivals this year. Finish recording, and release our single and EP/mini album this year. A LOT of work basically. We’ll be updating these plans on our various Internet pages.


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