Interview with Red Rum Club for new single Calexico
Liverpool six-piece Red Rum Club shares their new single Calexico.
We spoke to the band about the track, it's video and plans for the future of the group.
What was the initial idea for Calexico?
The track idea come from a place on the border of Mexico and California, Calexico, a place we’ve never actually been. We personified the place as a person, the song itself is about a tainted relationship and a cuckold. The name really stuck out for us and worked great in the chorus. We maintained this theme throughout whilst writing.
The lyrics tell the story of confessing a secret relationship to a partner.
Did you have any involvement in the up-coming video?
Yeah there is a scene in Narcos where one of the cartel leaders dances with another man in the bar and you realise that even though he comes across as this intimidating fella, in this simple scene you realise this whole back story that's contradictory to what you first thought. So we wanted to take something from that and add it into this grand hall in Liverpool which never gets used. We told the director our idea and the location and he loved it and has created an unbelievable video.
Because it was so simple we were worried it might get boring, but we have just got it back and you can’t take your eyes off the screen for three minutes.
How did you record the track and did you have involvement in the mixing or post production?
We recorded in Parr Street, Liverpool, with our producer Chris Taylor. Even though we are a six piece band, we try to not record like one. Neil puts his drum parts down and we add samples over that so it doesn’t sound like a generic drum sound, Simon put his bass part down and after that in terms of guitar sound we experiment as much as we can to try and sound individual and contemporary.
We are all quite open when it comes to production and nothing is off limits in terms of suggestions like we made Fran shake a pack of peanuts to sound like an egg shaker because he’s got a fear of egg shakers and it ended up sounding incredible.
Joe the trumpet player has got a good ear for mixing so Chris begrudgingly let him ‘help’ while mixing the track.
How long have you been Red Rum Club and how did you all meet?
We were all mates in separate schools when we were kids, Mike, Si and Joe went to the same school and Fran and Neil went to another one. Fran and Tom are cousins. We never knew each other but we met being in different bands around Liverpool. We ended up getting together in Mike’s after and started playing covers. Eargasms-a-plenty, mate.
Who inspires your sound?
We are quite varied in terms of who inspires us, ranging from Kanye West to Slipknot to Celine Dion to Chas n Dave. If it’s a good song, it’s a good song and you need to take some inspiration from it.
What is the writing process for your other tracks?
It changes all the time. It can come from a melody, it can come from a guitar riff or a beat. We practice all together and are always trying new things so it could come from that. Other times one of us might come into the rehearsal room with a full song written that doesn’t sound like us, but then once we all play the parts together it does.
Anything in the pipeline?
We are back in the studio tomorrow, literally straight after the tour to record the next single. It seems strange because we are touring Calexico and everyone around us is talking about that, but to us that's old now and we are working on the new one already and getting that ready.
That should come out in time for the summer and then we will have another single planned for later in the year to coincide with a big Liverpool show.
Calexico is available on Spotify, and a video will be released 2 March.
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