Hailing from New York, New York, indie rock ‘n rollers, Redfoot, have been serving up some fierce psychedelia since their formation. Initially an Avant-garde instrumental group formed by band mates Alex and Kurt, things soon took a turn for the fateful – after hearing frontman Luca wailin’, they invited him to be apart of their musical voyage, and with the inclusion of long time friend, Chris, on drums, the lineup was complete.
Q: How did the band name come about?
A: At our rehearsal space, in Astora NYC, we have this amazing Persian style rug. With our shoegaze tendencies we always found ourselves staring down at our feet and pedal boards atop this bold red carpet. One day the name just kinda came out and instantly stuck. The pattern on the rug was adapted and stylized as our debut EP cover, minus the red colour.
Q: Top 5 records that have influenced the band?
A: We all have pretty different and distinct taste, but here are few that have definitely influenced the bands’ sound:
Pink Floyd – Ummmagumma
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Radiohead – In Rainbows
Phillip Glass – Glasswork
Q: How would you describe your sound? And what sound are y’all aiming to project?
A: If I had to pin it down I’d say we are Avante Garde/Indie. We get pretty dreamy and atmospheric but definitely turn on the intensity when we need to. In the end we just want to make music that makes us collectively happy and if we can gather a few fans along the way, even better!
Q: How do y’all go about writing your tracks? Is it a joint effort/routine?
A: The effort is most definitely collective. Usually one of us will bring in a rough idea or riff and we will begin bouncing it around. After a rehearsal or two of instrumental improvisation we will begin to form a melodic ideas to fit the sketch.
Q: Which song are you most proud of having written and why?
A: That answer can change from one day to the next, but I would have to say that we are really proud of “Make It Quick”. Not only was it produced by out friend Darby of the Antlers, but we also have and awesome video, directed by Oliver Ogden, to accompany it.
Q: What inspires your music most? Are there any themes y’all revert back to frequently?
A: Now, thats a tricky question. As strange as it may sound, I’d say the weather has big influence on how our songs are written and come out. Last winter was really cold and snowy here in NYC and songs were coming out pretty dark and dreamy. On the other hand, this summer we wrote a few up tempo and driven songs.
Q: What do y’all hope for audiences to get out of your music?
A: We just hope they can enjoy it. We’d like for it to take them out of their day to day lives and bring them somewhere else, even if it is just for a few moments. Music offers a whole other world when you keep your ears open.
Q: What’s been the defining moment for the band thus far?
A: Its been a pretty steady climb upward for us, the moments seem to be getting more significant the longer we have been at it. Just yesterday we finished filming a video for Site B Studios new ‘Live in Studio’ series.
Q: What’s the ultimate goal and or dream for the band?
A: To see the world! Ultimately, we just wanna tour as long and as far as we can.
Q: Why rock n roll? What is it about the genre that has touched each of your souls so intricately?
A: As different as all of our musical tastes are, we were all brought to music through the love of Rock. The raw honesty and strong representation of a time and a place make it so much a music of the people. From the 60s up to the 90s rock was mainstream but still carried a significant artistic and social messages. Mainstream music today is quite a different story, but with the emerging indie scene, Rock music seems to be coming back to its roots.
With psyche rattling intent, these rock n roll dreamboats can surely bring your knees to the floor, and your mind to another dimension. To support them on their journey you can like their Facebook page, follow them on Instagram, or check out their site.
Peace, love, and keep singin’ the Blues,