30 Seconds interview: The Red Lapels

The Red Lapels liveSean Spicer, Harvey Lee, Richard Maddy and Tom Barnes are the four chaps who make up the well heeled sounds of London’s The Red Lapels.

Hailing from Penge towards the south east of the capital, the band spent some time attempting to tie down their energetic and wired guitar sound all fuelled by the love of a great story and the desire to break out of the 9-5. Their music is equally inspired by a passion for the likes of the Stones and Richard Hawley as well as the raw soul records they’ve sourced through scouring the charity shops of their home town. Describing themselves as third generation mods, the lads look to the aesthetic and fashions of the time as much as the music.

Since they decided to expose their songs to the wider world, their tunes have been performed in a variety of venues including Leefest, The Wheelbarrow, The Good Ship, a gathering at a house party in a huge derelict house and an Xmas party at the notorious Lexington.

Debut single It Ain’t Easy is the first fruits of their labour from the recording studio and will see release on Two Sisters Records, a label which has already given the world music from the likes of Mt Wolf and The New Union. M finds out why these talented young chaps started making such sharp sounds…

We first started writing music because…

Because we were shit at everything else we tried.

We have been making music since…

Since Richard and Sean returned from travelling and started to make a racket in the garage. Harvey and Tom shortly followed and then we started to make a racket in Harvey’s shed instead.

Our music is…

A mix of all the things we listen to – Richard Hawley, the Stones, Beatles, the Libertines, the Strokes, and plenty of second hand soul records courtesy of the bargain buckets of Penge’s charity shops.

You’ll like our music if you listen to…

Any of the above.

Our favourite venue is…

The hidden and unpolished gem that is The Windmill in Brixton.

Music is important because…

It gives me hope when the alarm goes off at 6am on a Monday morning.

Our dream collaboration would be…

Lennon but he’s murder to get hold of. Weller it goes without saying and Blondie’s Debbie Harry before she got saggy.

To try us out, listen to my song…

Our debut single It Ain’t Easy and Eyes Like Knives when it is released early this summer.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…

Bored and not as skint.

In 10 years time we want to be…

Selling out the Albert Hall

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