Perfectly Fine Intellectual / Imogen
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The Truth: REDTRACK consist of Billy Wright (guitar / vox), Phil Blake (bass / vox) and Andrew Perry (drums). They come from Southend-On-Sea, their bass player has survived an attack with a meat cleaver and they reckon they sound like a cross between Girls Aloud and The Clash.
** é─˛Perfectly Fine Intellectualé─˘ is the new single by REDTRACK. It is chewy and tuneful and in many ways sees them fitting into the classic Britpopesque lineage which runs from the power trio jabs of The Jam to the melodic liberties taken by The Libertines. Scratch beneath that ragged exterior and you will also find echoes of the deadpan observations of Squeeze and Elvis Costello - small wonder then that their punkoid peer Pete Shelley from The Buzzcocks was so enamoured with the REDTRACK tracks that he co-produced (alongside Dave M Allen) their last single, é─˛Poledanceré─˘ / é─˛Addicted To Loveé─˘.
** A selection of the above tracks will be appearing on é─˛Whole Towné─˘s Hearté─˘, REDTRACKé─˘s debut album which is due for release in the summer and which is notable for several things. Firstly it features a feisty guest appearance from é─˛Hollyoaksé─˘ starlet Hollie-Jay Bowes on é─˛Pretty Boyé─˘, a spin-off from the bandé─˘s recent performance on the show. Secondly it is the first ever album release on Label Fandango, the Pointy Recordings / fierce panda offshoot which has previously released frankly ace singles by the likes of Broken Records, Fanfarlo, Air Traffic and Daggers (aka Hurts). Lastly, it is a miracle that this record even exists seeing as how three years ago bassist Phil Blake was attacked with an airgun and a meat cleaver and so badly hurt that he needed microsurgery on severed tendons in his arm.
** That he is back playing is a testament to his spirit in the face of potentially crippling adversity, and certainly the likes of The Sunday Times and Channel 5 News have recently been fascinated by his rocké─˘né─˘roll recovery. And seeing REDTRACK live you can see why his band mates downed instruments and waited for him to recover, for they are an old school modern day trio of the tautest, tightest order. And as for their somewhat daring references to Girls Aloud and The Clash? Listen to forthcoming album track and future single é─˛The Trieré─˘ and try to keep those blue suede shoes from moving at these shows hereé─Â
APRIL 16TH EXETER Timepiece
APRIL 20TH SOUTHEND Chinneryé─˘s (w/ Good Shoes)
APRIL 22ND LONDON Lexington Club Fandango (w/ 12 Dirty Bullets)
APRIL 29TH HIGH WYCOMBE Bucks University Club Fandango
MAY 6TH LONDON Brick Lane 93 Feet East SAVE 6 MUSIC GIG
(w/ Ian McNabb + Goldheart Assembly + I Like Trains)
MAY 8TH TORQUAY International Riviera Centre
MAY 9TH PLYMOUTH Ride Caf?ę
MAY 12TH BRIGHTON Hectoré─˘s House
MAY 22ND PLYMOUTH The Hippo
MAY 31ST LIVERPOOL The Cavern International Pop Overthrow
JUNE 6TH LONDON Carnaby Street é─˛60s Weekend Festival
JUNE 19TH NEWCASTLE VW Festival
JULY 12th LONDON Borderline ALBUM LAUNCH
JULY 27TH BARNSLEY Bomfest
AUGUST 12TH NORTH YORKSHIRE Moorfest
SEPTEMBER 10TH PETERLEE Leisure Centre Freaky Weasel
SEPTEMBER 11TH EXETER Ivy Live