If this the only way to go troubled rivers soon will grow
Wash away the life we know - Its Time To Make A Stand
Red or Dead met whilst protesting at a UKIP conference in Feb 2016. We decided that, as we all had instruments in our cars, we would play an anti UKIP song Rob had written (Watch It Burn). Playing in front of the packed café full of delegates, it was funny watching them leave their food and scarpa as they saw the BBC turn up to film it. It made the first item on the BBC 6 O'clock news that night.
Playing at a fundraising gig to support refugees, where we were asked to open for The Christians at a festival. Then following a few Labour party fundraisers and more refugee support gigs we got offered the chance to support Hugh Cornwell, the original lead singer of the Stranglers who had influenced Rob to take up the guitar in the first place, of course we jumped at the chance!
''A rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promotion and self-advancement.''Jimmy Reid
''A rat race is for rats. We're not rats. We're human beings. Reject the insidious pressures in society that would blunt your critical faculties to all that is happening around you, that would caution silence in the face of injustice lest you jeopardise your chances of promotion and self-advancement.''
It was a fantastic gig for us, a great crowd reaction and also a great reaction from Hugh, who said after the gig 'Great name, great sound, really edgy' It was a real honour for Rob to open up for one of his musical heroes, and to spend some time chatting with him.
Since the gig we have been carrying on refining our sound which we would describe as powerful acoustic punk. The band have a lot of energy onstage as you would expect from a band listing bands like the Clash, The Stranglers and the Pistols as influences. Although the sound of Red or Dead differs greatly from any other band we can think of.
“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” Karl Marx
“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”
Our sound is shaped by the line up of the band, with no drum kit our rhythm sound is shaped by Emma thumping away on the Cajon which gives us a big chunky, thumpy sound, contrasting with the acoustic guitars and the type of music we play. We think it's a pretty original feel.
Red or Dead consist of -
Gala Elvira on Lead and BV's
Emma Sunerton-Burl on Cajon
Dave Sunerton-Burl on Bass
Rob Murray on Guitar, Lead and BV's
''A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.''Tony Benn.
''A faith is something you die for, a doctrine is something you kill for. There is all the difference in the world.''
As a songwriter Rob felt that over the past 15- 20 years people have not wanted to hear protest songs like he has grown up listening to and writing, however in the last few years people's opinions are polarizing, both to the left and to the right, with the rise once more of some extreme right wing views both on the street and at the ballot box. Now is the time for words and music to be heard to speak to people. I guess Its fairly clear on which side of the debate Red or Dead fall.
As well as playing the songs we try to make some sort of difference by arranging fund raising event for charities such as those supporting food banks, refugees, We Shall Overcome and other causes. This year we hope to be putting on several 'Rock Against The Right' gigs and hope this will spread through the country.
I should tie myself to no particular system of society other than of socialism.
Some of the songs we perform
date back to the early 80's. Travel Home was written after the Brixton Riots. Never having stopped writing through the years we have a few hundred songs to pick from.
No One Is Innocent was our first release an ep consisting of four tracks No One Is Innocent, Watch it Burn, Fall Down and Never Again and was well received, Soundscape Magazine called it 'A near perfect release' Recorded at Orange Studios and the Cave in North Wales, it set the scene for our first album Trotsky Waltz.
We also released a free download single 'The Only Thing That's Wrong With Me Is You' an electrified Red or Dead song available Here
They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?
Our material covers a broad range of topics politics, ecology, racism, greed and a broad comment on the human condition. and as mentioned before we have a lot of material to choose from and the times we live in seem to offer up new song writing opportunities every day and we have drawn on this to produce our first album Trotsky Waltz which was released on the 1st of Jan. 13 tracks of anarchy available from Bandcamp
Meanwhile we are lining up gigs and festivals throughout the year and hopefully should have some big news on that front soon.
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See ya soon.
I'm against this huge globalisation on the basis of economic advantage. David Attenborough
I'm against this huge globalisation on the basis of economic advantage.