Badass Band 40

             For Badass Band 40 I made sure to save up one of my favorites of the last year, I have yet to get sick of listening to their lively, funny, simple, catchy tunes. This is yet another Vancouver based band, and they are quickly going places. They are a radical mix of folky rock n roll, and are very easy on the ears. Badass Band 40 is Redgy Blackout.

               I can’t actually remember where I found out about Redgy Blackout, I am fairly sure it was through another band mentioning them on Twitter. Their album is self-titled and features seven songs. The first song I scoped of theirs was ‘Bottom of the Sea’. The hook did its job and caught me, ‘I found my love at the bottom of the sea, I found my love, or did it find me?’.  Then as I continued to listen to the sexy, slow rhythms of the verses and the quicker paced, ripping guitar which accompanied rhythms during the chorus, I knew I was digging on it. Many of their songs come off as simple, and I think that’s what is best about them. This is not to say these guys aren’t insanely talented, it’s to say that many times simplistic , rough tunes are where it’s at. Another favorite of mine, ‘At My House’ stresses how all of us want that person we are digging on to call us, and the torturous process we allow our minds to get into while waiting for said call. This tune is one that builds on you, starting off slow and building to carnal need and desire via vocal emotion. ‘Alexandria’ is one of the more epic songs on the albums, most because it is one that I would categorize as beautiful, lyrically and musically. Each tune is entirely different, and incorporates a multitude of different instruments, harmonicas, banjos, keys, guitar, drums, trumpet, you name it.

               RB is made up of two static members, Scott Perrie- Vocals, Guitar, Trumpet, Harmonica, Keys, and Jeremy Breaks- Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Banjo, Vocals. They occasionally do have third party guests play along but this duo provides the solid core of Redgy Blackout.

               Scott was kind enough to take some time to talk to BBB a few weeks back and answer a few questions. Read on to find out their involvement in Peak Performance Project, what they have coming this summer and there may be something in here about a nude beach…

When and why did you start playing?

That might require a long answer! I have been into music for a long time, ever since I was a kid. I got started in music because of my elementary music teacher and ended up auditioning for a local choir when I was 9 years old. That same year that choir auditioned to do a musical at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver with Donny Osmond. It was Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. They would have choirs do the show and we got in. So there I was 9 years old doing four shows a night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. That really laid the seed for me to pursue music and entertainment as a career. I didn’t necessarily think of it that way at first, but I loved it. I loved singing, being in front of an audience. From there I started taking lessons in piano, trumpet in High School, and then started on guitar. Eventually I inherited my dad’s guitar and then I fell in love with the Beatles and started writing music!

What kind of music did you listen to growing up? How does that differ from what you listen to now?

I actually didn’t discover pop music per say until I was like almost a teenager. I listened to the radio a bunch and my parents had a record player. I remember listening to John Denver’s ‘Home Again’ on vinyl growing up. When I figured out how the record player worked I started playing all the record my parents had which included The Beatles, Neil Diamond, all kinds of stuff. But the first album I really bought, consciously anyway was Alanis Morisette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’. Also, Silverchair was making a bit of a splash back then with ‘Frogstomp’ as well. Those were the first two I really remember. I was also pretty into choral music. That was a big influence for me. I was exposed to so many different types of music. Now, I think my music library reflects that, I have all kinds of music. I love The Beatles and newer stuff like Fleet Foxes and Arcade Fire. I am into getting into vinyl like Pink Floyd records and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ , which is a record that Jeremy is really into right now.

Which musicians do you admire? Why?

The name that immediately pops into mind for me is John Lennon. Obviously, my love for The Beatles and what he did, his music is just amazing. On top of that, a lot of the humanitarian and peace work he did later in his career with Yoko and stuff. I just like that he really stood for something and wasn’t afraid to show it.

How did you all meet?

It all started when I moved to Main Street in Vancouver. Jeremy had moved from Prince George. I went to an open jam on Main Street and a friend of his happened to be there and basically they had all moved here as a band to make music. However, they kind of broke up with they got here, it didn’t work out. I am kind of glad it didn’t because that means we started jamming together and making music. That was the beginning of Redgy Blackout. Then it was Jeremy and I who started writing together and collaborating. He and I are basically the driving force behind the band today. We have been playing with a lot of different musicians and making it work. We are a rock band but we are also sort of a duo at the core. In the last couple years we have had a more solid line up with the odd change here or there but these days, it’s a friend of ours who plays drums, his name is Brandon Krieg, an amazing guy. Then a friend of ours, Cory Curtis, plays bass. They’ll be sort of the lineup this summer.

Do you get nervous before a show?

I’ll admit, I do. I do get nervous sometimes. I am also an actor and I have done a lot of musicals over the years and some film and TV work,  nervousness is always a part of it. For me I find if I can sort of breeze into it and once I get up on stage and you sing that first song or play that first note, it kind of grounds me. It’s all about being in the moment and having some fun.

Describe your show visually & musically for those who have never been.

Well, visually it’s pretty entertaining because there are four handsome men on the stage. There is a lot of different instrumentation which I think keeps people interested, you know with Jeremy playing the guitar and the banjo, for some reason people seem to go crazy for. Then I’ll pull out my trumpet on a few tracks as well, and that catches people off guard if they have never seen us. Aside from that, it’s really upbeat and we are pretty danceable, fun music. It just rocks. Jeremy dials in some amazing tones and does some cool space effects type things which is pretty awesome. It’s just super fun.

How does your creative process typically work?

I don’t really have a method or specific approach. I tend to write when I feel inspired. Then I take that initial idea and develop that from there. Some songs in a way almost write themselves. It’s weird when it happens, incredible to. For instance, the song off our record ‘When You Were A Kid’, I literally wrote that song in a day. I just had this guitar riff and started singing this melody and had this idea and built it all from there. It took a little longer to finish the lyrics but the melody was less than a day. Some things Jeremy and I will collaborate together and come up with stuff. Almost all the time that’s what we end up doing in the end because we each bring different things to the table.

What do you think you biggest break or greatest opportunity has been in your career so far?

Well, there is a really amazing artist development program happening in BC right now called The Peak Performance Project, it’s actually going into its fourth year right now. Last year we were selected out of nearly 500 applicants to be in the program, they pick 20 bands or artists each year. It was an amazing opportunity because it is a huge networking experience, all kinds of other artists and industry people. Initially, when you get in they give you a small artists grant . Immediately you have to write a marketing proposal on how you plan to spend your money, then you can spend it on your band however you see fit, whether that’s marketing or promotions, doing up your website, getting new merch, ordering CDs, whatever you need. It was great. On top of all that there is a week long music boot camp where you meet people who work in the industry, other artists and professionals, and you spend a week focusing on music. It is very intense and a cool learning opportunity. After that you come back to Vancouver and they do like showcases every week for a month and all the bands showcase. Then you have to submit a final marketing plan and budget proposal for the Grand Prize which is First Place- $100,000, Second Place- $75,000 and Third Place – $50,000. Unfortunately, we didn’t place in the top 5 but it was a great opportunity to meet new friends and have a lot of fun while we were at it. We submitted again for this year! It’s kind of a one of a kind program and we are pretty lucky to have something like it in BC.

What are you working on now, and what can we expect from you in the coming year?

We are kind of in writing mode right now. Really that has been the focus of the last couple months. We have done a little bit of touring in Canada, but really just in writing mode. We will be playing some festivals this summer, we have already booked like 4 festivals to playing July/August. We will wait to see what happens with The Peak and then we would love to get into the studio in the Fall and record our new record. Actually, a cross-Canada tour is in the works for Fall as well.

If your band had a slogan, what would it be?

The Blackout is coming.

If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Tough one. The industry is in such a strange place these days. You know, one of the tings for me, I guess, sometimes I just wish live music was more accessible. Sometimes you want to go see shows are they are just so expensive and it just seems like an elite club you have to be a part of to go, or be willing to rack up your credit card debt. It’s just tough. I love seeing shows and I think this is a huge deterrent for people sometimes.

Random Portion

One song you never get tired of.

The Eagles- ‘Hotel California’

What is the best live show you have ever gone to?

For the sheer entertainment value, U2 on their Vertigo tour. They just know how to hold an audience, put on a show and the music is just great. More recently I saw Gotye when he came to Vancouver mostly because of the cool visuals he had during the show.

Favorite things to do NOT musically related.

Oh man, so many things. I am a pretty active guy, I just went rock climbing the other day, that was fun. I like to skateboard, play Frisbee, and there is actually a nude beach in Vancouver I like to hang out sometimes in the summer. I also like camping. That’s the cool thing about touring in the summer, we can just pull over an jump in a lake.

If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?

Spiderman. Peter Park.

Prized Possession.

My guitar, actually, because it once belonged to my grandfather. He bought it in like 1964/65. It’s a 1961 Gibson G45 and its been in my family ever since. My dad had it and he gave it to me when I graduated. It’s the second love of my life aside from my fiancée.

What kind of jobs did you have before (or currently) you were in the music industry?

I have been a server/bus boy. I haven’t done that in a few years though because I am also an actor. I act in theatre and on TV and the last three years I have been supporting myself with my art and it’s been pretty cool.

If you ran Badass Bands Blog, what is one band you would feature? (Exempting yourselves

of course.)

Mother Mother. They are wicked!

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Twitter: @redgyblackout

Facebook: facebook.com/redgyblackout

Web: redgyblackout.com

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