Fanshawe schoolboys the RedFaces are a four-piece rock outfit who don’t just pad out their set with Deep Purple and AC/DC covers. They are releasing their EP on iTunes on the 18th January 2014 (which could be today, depending on when you read this). Dronfield Digital contacted the lads to get the scoop on the RedFaces, in this article we will answer such questions as who are the RedFaces? why are they called the RedFaces? and why should I listen to the RedFaces?
The RedFaces, as I mentioned just a second ago are a four-piece band composed of Fanshawe schoolboys: Harry on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Charlie on Drums, Andrew on lead guitar and backing vox, and finally Isaac on bass and backing vox. They are all 15 with the exception of Harry who isn’t, he’s 13. Unlike the creation of the One Ring which was forged in the fires of Mount Doom, the RedFaces begin life as some kind of Oasis jamming duo between Charles and Andrew before they recruited Harry and a bass player nobody told me the name of. The story goes the original bassist was some kind of strung-out washed-up wannabe rockstar about as credible as Nick Griffin an leading equality convention, he just wanted to play Kiss covers ; he had to go.
“It got to the point where we had to put down the drugs and pick up the guitars…”
Soon after Isaac joined the fold as a permanent fixture and the – then nameless – RedFaces were born as you know them today. This all happened approximately around Dec 2012 / Jan 2013. Soon after, on a cold winters night with wind whistling through the trees, the band played a school gig which left them worn out and someone commented they looked really red in their respective faces. In that eureka moment the RedFaces were named. They cite Oasis, The Beatles, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and half-Iranian Popstars dreamboat Darius Danesh as their key influences, despite me suggesting Busted, Elton John and The Streets. It’s clear to see their 60s influences juxtaposed with the bright spangly guitar sounds of the Britop era is what drives their sound, or so they told me, or rather they mentioned and I embellished. I’m told the Lennon/McCartney songwriting relationship is between Harry and Isaac with Andrew (Harrison) and Charlie (Ringo) throwing in the odd bit here and there.
“Sure, being famous is great but when you want to buy a loaf of bread, you’ve got a massive hangover and 50 women are chasing you down the street, it’s just no fun…”
There next gig is at The Green Room in Sheffield on the 31st of January (18+ only).
The Here To Stay EP (below) was recorded in Sheffield with Joel White and Martin Smith in October 2013. It features 3 tracks, and it’s probably worth parting with some money for, unless you’re a tight bastard. You can find them on iTunes here:
Here To Stay EP