"We didn't want to just address the same old topics of anger, rage, violence. We wanted to go deeper and use it as a therapeutic catharsis" - In Conversation with Red Method
No matter how successful or high profile a band can get behind the scenes things are not always what they seem. So it seemed with a band like The Defiled who seemed to have some momentum behind them before they broke up. Out of the ashes, phoenix-like came Red Method, a different beast entirely but one with just as much fire in the belly and determination to succeed in the music industry. We sat down with Alex and Jeremy from the band at this year's Bloodstock Festival.
Welcome to Bloodstock 2019. Have you performed here before?
Alex: Yeah. Jeremy was in Meta-Stasis for the 2016 festival and I was in The Defiled for 2008. So we met here many years ago and in a weird way, Red Method was formed here. Like it was always meant to be.
What does it mean to you as a band to perform on the Sophie Lancaster stage?
Jeremy: The invite was very unexpected. We've only been together for 7 months so we are still quite judgemental of our performances, we can always be better and do more. We expected to have to go through the usual Metal to the Masses process but were humbled by the opportunity.
Alex: Seeing the tent fill-up was incredible, we don't take any of the support for granted and honoured to be part of this line up of incredible artists.
What is the ultimate ambition of the band?
Alex: We are naturally ambitious people. Success is often associated with selling out, but we are attempting to do arena-size shows on a zero-budget and we hope to show respect to our fans by giving them everything we have. Each performance is a journey of emotion and personal discovery.
Jeremy: Our only ambition is to continue “bringing it” to our fans.
What is the best way for fans to support your work?
Alex: Merch. It's that simple. Buy the merch. Buy the album when it's released. The best way to support any of your favourite bands is to buy their work otherwise they can't sustain the work and quality and that often leads to bands breaking up. If you are serious about the work that they do and want them to continue and grow then you have to buy the products. It is that simple.
Jeremy: We have merch available on bigcartel.com. Check out the goods.
You have been very open about your personal trauma. How does that influence your work?
Jeremy: Its everything. In terms of the new single, its been incredibly emotional, it's been hard. I witnessed the deterioration of two people I deeply cared for and as an artist, I had to express that. Initially, it was through drawings and artwork and then the music. 'The Absent' is about closure and about the effect of Dementia and Alzheimer's has on all aspects of a person's life. Personally, I am incredibly proud of the video and the message behind the song.
Alex: We didn't want to just address the same old topics of anger, rage, violence. We wanted to go deeper and use it as a therapeutic catharsis if you like.
Does that bleed into the new album, For the Sick?
Alex: For sure. It's like a personal diary, a catalogue of our problems in life. It builds and reveals itself to the audience.
Being a musician is not your usual 9-5 job? What are the best and worst parts of this lifestyle?
Alex: Haha. Definitely not! The best bit is the gigs.
Jeremy: For sure.
Alex: The worst part is that people often think you have a lifestyle that you definitely don't have, the misconceptions of fame and fortune. This life is brutal and it can be harsh when you are skint.
Jeremy: We aren't making millions and that's not why we are doing it anyway. Most bands are struggling, but we continue because we have no choice. As a band, we work hard and we will do whatever we can and give everything we have, to get our message across.
Alex: We are actually quite lucky that we found four other individuals willing to share in this challenging journey with us. And to be honest, to sustain and follow this route means that we often have to “eat all the food and plant no seeds” and thus personal relationships suffer for the sustainability of the music too.
Your performances are no less energetic and powerful, and you have no less talent or dedication than the more established and successful groups or bands out there. What is the missing element that would help you attain their incredible fame and fortune?
Alex: They have a brand and time. The most successful bands have been doing this for 20-30 years and have impressive budgets to work with. You create intense connections with your favourite bands throughout the years and that creates a bond of support that sustains a band.
If you could go on a world tour and take 2 bands with you? Who? Why?
Alex: Shit. Are we opening for them, or they for us? Nine Inch Nails and Slipknot.
Jeremy: Korn and Rob Zombie.
Alex: Ha ha...These are obviously our favourite bands, but I don't care if you play pots and pans... we just want to go out there and play. We want to meet cool and groovy people and make some music.
So what's next? Album? Tour?
Alex: After Bloodstock we are going home and then off on the Symptoms of Sickness Tour. We are releasing singles almost every month. And filming a new video in September. It is relentless and we are looking forward to every challenge.
Jeremy: We are co-headlining with The Five Hundred in November and have already confirmed dates in Cheltenham, Bournemouth and Manchester.
As seen below, Red Method will be touring with The Five Hundred later this year.