In the early 2000’s, Melbourne’s RED CIRCLE seemed poised to bring anthemic and epic rock back from the shadows in which it had been lurking. Riding the wave out of Nu-Metal, in an era when discovering new music via Myspace was becoming a thing and bands such as Marvelous3, SR-71 and American Hi-Fi were bringing back the guitar solo, anthemic choruses and a touch of that 80’s hard rock attitude. Locally, Motor Ace were delivering monster riffs, Jet were on the runaway about to take off and Electric Mary were just kicking into gear. In the midst of this was RED CIRCLE.
Says Zakk Zedras, front-man and guitarist:
“It was a strange time. I guess that era of “hair metal” was dead and really un-cool. So a lot of musicians were re-inventing themselves in this style of melodic / power-pop / rock”.
If you were lucky enough to see RED CIRCLE in those early 2000’s, then there’s no doubt even here today there’s many still remembering the electric energy, the stage presence and an arsenal of monster anthems.
“We were getting great crowds at cool venues like The Duke, The Espy, Evelyn, Revolver, we played Mercury Lounge and the Corner Hotel. We did really well and had great crowds. It was such a good scene and really great vibe, so many people would come out and see live bands back in those days”
But the thing that was missing from that picture, was an album release. One of those rock ‘n’ roll hard luck stories, All We Are now gets it’s long awaited release, soon to be available on all digital platforms.
As someone who received a promo copy of All We Are back in the day, it’s been an album that has always been on regular rotation over the years. Rest assured, this album absolutely has it’s place in the rock world of the 2020’s and essentially, is a must listen for anyone who loves anthemic rock with an electric edge. Just as it was poised to buck the local trends in 2003, even here in 2020 there’s just an indescribable presence, an aura if you will, that elevates these songs into a place of their own.
No better example than ‘The World That I See’ . Despite being written 20 years ago, lyrically it’s as though it was a premonition of what we are dealing with in 2020. For Zakk reflecting back on these songs, many have taken on additional meaning and significance.
“Listening back to the album all these years later the lyrics are obviously very autobiographical. They go from being totally broken down, to rebirth. Coincidentally and sadly, there’s two songs about friends I was very close to at the time, who have both passed away.”
Whilst RED CIRCLE disappeared off the scene, Zakk himself has been no stranger to stages around Australia, currently as guitarist in Chocolate Starfish. When asked of the prospect of getting together with RED CIRCLE song-writing partner in crime Clint Quan, to write new RED CIRCLE music, Zakk had this to say…
“I’d love to write with Clint again, but we both live on the other side of town and have kids, so time is an issue right now. But who knows what might happen next year and even if we did one gig next year, it would be really cool. The idea is certainly very romantic”.
Never say never, I will say, but for now, be sure to check out All We Are and revel in what might just be one of the best local rock albums your ears have never heard.
Check out my full 30 minute chat with Zakk below, including a preview of one of the album tracks The World That I See.
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RED CIRCLE – ALL WE ARE
Zakk Zedras: Vocals & Guitars
Clint Quan: Bass
James Bunney: Drums
Produced by: RED CIRCLE
Recorded at: Indent and Primal Studios 2002
Available on all Digital Platforms: Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora, YouTube etc.
Dean Ray chats about new album the ‘4 Trak Sessions – Volume 1″
Sydney Singer / Songwriter Dean Ray recently released his stripped back ‘4 Trak Sessions Volume One’
Setting a challenge earlier this year, Dean set out to release 1 song per week….and this stiring album is the result.
I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Dean, a raw and candid chat about the impact that 2020 has had on him personally and also his plans musically this year.
Impacts in a way, which are captured musically in the first single from the album, Survive, which you’ll hear during this chat.
We discuss new music that is currently in the works that sees Dean plugging in the electric guitars and we also have a special guest drop in for a chat in the form of Dean’s dog Max.
With Dean having just played his first live gig in Sydney, we start off the chat chatting about the feeling of being back on stage.
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Andrew Farriss chats about his first solo release ‘Love Makes The World’ EP
It was an honour to recently chat with legendary songwriter Andrew Farriss, who has just released his debut 5 track EP titled Love Makes The World.
With his planned album release pushed back to 2021 due to the pandemic, this release is a bonus for fans of Andrew Farris, with the EP featuring songs that maybe otherwise wouldn’t have been released.
The songs written over the course of prior years and which feature co-writes with Suze DeMarchi, Jon Stevens, Keiran Gribbin and Guy Chambers are ironically super relevant to the events of 2020. With themes such as belonging, mental health, suicide, love, conservation and the evolution of human kind featuring in the lyrics.
Sit back and enjoy this chat where we talk about the pivotal moment on horseback when Andrew knew it was time to commit to being a solo performer, we dive into the background to one of my favourite tracks on the EP and with October 14th the day we spoke being the 35th anniversary of INXS’s Listen Like Thieves release, Andrew shares his memories of that albums iconic single What You Need.
With Andrew having run a farm in country NSW now for the last 28 years, we kick off the chat talking about the impact of droughts, leading into bushfires and now the pandemic..
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Don Airey chats new Deep Purple album Whoosh! + memories of working with Gary Moore & Jimmy Barnes!
Deep Purple have just recently released their 21st studio album ‘Whoosh’ and I’ve got to say, definitely one of the best rock albums released so far in 2020. Have you heard it yet?
I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with keyboard legend Don Airey about the album, his role in the band since joining 18 years ago, memories of working with guitar great Gary Moore, as well as his couple of gigs playing with the loudest singer on earth, Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes.
Be sure to check out Whoosh, which sees the band putting the Deep back into Deep Purple and enjoy my chat with Don Airey.
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