Melbourne’s Red Ink have been busy of late. Having
just returned from their first UK tour, where
they played to a rapturous audience at The Great Escape Festival, Red Ink
are set to release their latest single Euphoria.Incorporating soaring, melodic
guitars, intricate bass lines and rolling drums, Euphoria marks a shift
from the cathartic, intense pop of their celebrated debut Catching A
Killer, and embodies a sound which is now imbued with vulnerability and
dream-soaked hope, infusing worldliness and depth to Red Ink’s sonic
fellow Melbournians, who makes up your band?
cyber world. Our band is made up of the following peeps…Brendan plays the
g-tar, John likes to sing, Munnzy plays bass, and Aaron likes to think that he
makes art with his drums.
tell us how did your band formed?
band had humble beginnings like many other bands we formed in High School. We
had to put together a band for our music class so it all kinda went from there.
We started out playing Blink 182 covers and wearing Hawaiian shirts. 10 years
later Blink 182 are coming out for Soundwave or something…and Hawaiian shirts
are back in fashion. Magic.
the story behind 'Red Ink' as your band's name?
actually pretty boring. We couldn’t think of a name and then we saw a car drive
past with the number plate ‘REDINK’. We kinda liked it, so it stuck.
you guys made a comeback after a couple of years! How does it feel?
feels amazing. Almost on par with the art of love. We’ve been really busy over
the past year writing and recording. We took a step back and decided to change
up what we were doing, to something far more natural to us. We kind of went
back to the influences we had when we first started taking the band seriously.
It’s been a really great transformation, we feel very refreshed from it. We’re
really stoked on what we’ve been writing and so far it’s been doing some cool
things for us. We just went to England to play a few massive festivals and
things seem to be vibing along well over there. It’s been a great 12 months or
so since we took a bit of a change of direction.
excitement working with Craig Harnath and Jez Giddings as they were producing
some major artists like Oasis , Franz Ferdinand , Cut Copy , etc?
pretty sweet. Craig has a crazy goatie. It’s like a stoners version of the
Backstreet Boys goatie. I was very impressed by that. It was amazing to be so
close to the beach recording. That was one of the reasons we went there. It was
the end of summer and we just went down to the beach all the time. It was
awesome. Craig and Jez were great to work with musically. Craig was a very
subtle producer on these sessions. He kinda added his 2c here and there. He
came up with some bits of gold for us. He brought in this amazing cellist and
Theremin player. It pretty much blew our minds! It was that type of stuff that
really put the bling over the top of the EP. It was pretty sweet walking the
hallways and seeing signed posters from guys like Oasis and Franz Ferdinand
on the way next month, any expectations?
That’s pretty much it. We’re stoked to be playing heaps of shows again. It was
a bit strange just writing and recording for ages. We’ve always played at least
one show a week, but taking time out to write was really beneficial in that
sense. It’s a bit nerve racking leading up to the release of this EP. It’s
fairly different to what we last released. Hopefully the crowds connect with
it! It should be sweet sticks.
story amongst your tour experience?
isn’t the craziest, but it’s pretty awesome. When we were flying over to the
UK, Munnzy and Aaron decided to get up and go for a bit of a walk to stretch
their legs. Whilst on this meander, the lads came across a small gathering up
the back of the plane at the bar. Some would call it a party. The boys joined
this gathering that consisted of a young German girl, and an old university
professor. They continued to stand there and drink with them for the next 4
hours of the flight. Aaron, being the great wingman that he is, talked to the Professor
the whole time about The Beatles and other random things. Munnzy on the other
hand, got his A-Game on. They were then told that the flight would be coming to
its conclusion in the coming minutes, so they all had to return to their seats.
Luckily for Munnzy, he had a spare seat next to him that the young German woman
was very happy to sit in. The following scene was amazing. Aaron starting
losing his mind!! The girl was now on top of Munnzy, mounting him cowgirl style
in the midst of landing. They had covered themselves in a blanket, but that did
not stop the strange looks they were getting from the man sitting next to them.
It was a great end to an amazing flight. Munnzy is the King of flying.
5 random facts about your band!
rehearsal studio has ghetto mattress walls.
likes to watch The OC whilst driving in the tour van. He once cried in front of
us while watching. In his defence, it was an extremely emotional moment. Ryan
left and went back home and Seth sailed of into the unknown, leaving Summer
behind. What a silly boy he was.
Brendan likes to wear lycra body suits. If the band fails, he plans on
competing in Le Tour De France.
Munnzy has an amazing ability to sleep. We are rather jealous of him on long
flights and drives.
Aaron is in to Harry Potter. Like a massive HP nerd. When we were playing in
Sydney once last year, he stayed up there whilst we all drove home just to go
to the Harry Potter exhibition at the museum. He bought a replica of
Dumbledore’s wand and everything. He has the mind of a 7 year old.