Somojo Magazine


 Redtrack released“Perfectly Fine Intellectual / Imogen”  on Label Fandango.
This is the fourth release from Southend’s Redtrack and precedes the album “Whole Town’s Heart”, to be released on Fierce Panda

Perky indie-punk scuffles" - NME

Redtrack, made up of Billy Wright, Phil Blake, Andy Perry and Mitch Silvey, release“Perfectly Fine Intellectual / Imogen”  June 21st on Label Fandango. This is the fourth release from Southend’s Redtrack and precedes the album 'Whole Town’s Heart', to be released on Fierce Panda sub label Fandango on August 9th. 'Whole Town's Heart’ is the debut album by Redtrack. It is chewy and tuneful and, with its smalltown panic attacks and punchy new wave melodic jabs, sees them nodding towards the classic Britpopesque heritage of Weller, Difford and Costello. Small wonder then that punkoid peer Pete Shelley from The Buzzcocks was so enamoured with the Redtrack tracks that he co-produced (alongside Dave M Allen) their last single, ‘Poledancer’, which appears on this here album.

 That isn’t the only celebrity light shining on ‘Whole Town’s Heart', as it features a feisty guest appearance from ‘Hollyoaks’ starlet Hollie Jay Bowes on ‘Pretty Boy’, a spin-off from the band’s recent performance on the show. Redtrack recently won the Hollyoaks Music Show competition and appeared on the Channel 4 soap in February this year. Bands were invited to upload a track to the programme’s website and from hundreds of entries the top nine were selected to perform on a series, screened since October, on E4. Each group was mentored by Hollyoaks stars and viewers voted for their favourite. The trio were mentored by Hollie-Jay Bowes, who plays Michaela McQueen in the show. The Essex band beat off stiff competition over 10 weeks. Hollyoaks star Hollie-Jay said: "I'm really chuffed Redtrack won the competition. They're a wicked band."

‘Whole Town’s Heart’ is also the first ever album release on Label Fandango, the Pointy Recordings / fierce panda offshoot which has previously concentrated on ace singles by the likes of Broken Records, Fanfarlo, Air Traffic and more. And frankly it is a miracle that this record even exists seeing as how three years ago bassist Phil Blake was attacked with an airgun and a meat cleaver and so badly hurt that he needed microsurgery on severed tendons in his arm.

That he is back playing is a testament to his spirit in the face of potentially crippling adversity. Certainly the printed press and television stations have recently been fascinated by his recovery. And seeing Redtrack live you can see why his band mates downed instruments and waited for him to recover, for they are tightknit quartet of tautest order. As for that somewhat daring reference to Girls Aloud and The Clash? Listen to future single ‘The Trier’ and try to keep those blue suede shoes from moving at the band's live shows!

  Redtrack's first single,“Pretty Boy/Inside”, released October 2007, received some great reviews and saw Redtrack featured as Band of the week on Steve Lamacq’s Radio 1 show 'In new music we trust'. On the strength of the single and their great live shows Redtrack also got some great supports with bands including The Maccabees, The View and Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly. 

The band’s second release, the EP “Wait Around/Miss You Not” released July 2008, featured on Zane Lowe's "Fresh Meat", and was championed by Colin Murray of Radio 1 and again by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music. Billy was also invited to perform an acoustic session for Kerrang Radio.

Redtrack’s Double-A sided “Pole Dancer/Addicted to Lust”, co-arranged and featuring on backing vocals The Buzzcocks legend Pete Shelley, was released in 2009. Dave M. Allen (Cure producer) and Mark Ralph (Filthy Dukes) produced and engineered the single, which received airplay on BBC Essex Introducing, Pete Mitchell's and Alex Lester's shows on BBC Radio 2, Tom Robinson's Introducing show on BBC6, BFBS, Total Rock Radio and Kerrang Radio.

“My new favourite band”Pete Shelley (The Buzzcocks)

"'Pole Dancer' is a volatile shimmy through some Libertines style indie and View style energy. Redtrack are brimming with confidence" - Fuse Magazine

"…up beat bouncy indie-punk rock with a dangerously infectious edge" - Rock On The Web

All images, logos, music tracks and videos are copyrighted to their respective owners.
All other content Copyright © Somojo Magazine 2009 - 2017