Soaked in Red wine & Blues!
Red Wine Roses is a 7 piece Rock N Roll band residing in Sydney playing for the times of old dimes! They believe in a new order of business, reggae news, expression replacing confession, & our world changing a couple Gears, the soul fact been their dues to the blues and to get loud & live. The band evolved like cave men did in the start of time, in a tea lounge of a broken home, a dim light, acoustic rhythms and howls all through thenight. They grew as they took the stage, to put on a Rock N Roll show round town, Sydney town, & wherever is high enough to preach from. Taking influences from the muddiest of waters and 7 different record stacks. The Red Wine Roses consist of Harry Dixon, Ryan Hutt, Daniel Bandheira, Luke Bateman, Mitch Slade, Scott Russell and Andrew Gillett. Two Axes, Bass & D, Harmonica, Sax & Keys, Vox.
Photography and Interview by Rumi Matsuzawa
Location is Frankie’s pizza
How was your gig at Frankie’s ?
First question, quite frankly it was good, haha (Harry)
Was epic, we had our legend grooving friends Dos Enos support us, and they lit the nightand crowd well up before we had our say. Frankie’s has such a Rock N’Roll vibe about thejoint, probably more so than anywhere in Sydney so it has us feeling real comfortable takingour songs there and super excited to play anytime we get the opportunity. (Ryan)
Tell us a bit more about Red Wine Roses as a band.
7 Different cats, with different record stacks! We combine our individual love for music and anymore said would be just utter shit talk. (Ryan)
What’s the story behind the band name?
It came from a sign in the bush lands of Victoria. A sign at the end of a long dirt driveway stated there was red wine roses for sale in the direction of the arrow. It was later realised they must have been selling Red wine and also roses. But the idea of a red wine rose seemed so much more appealing. (Harry)
How does your story start?
The sound evolved like cave men did in the start of time, in a tea lounge of a broken home, a dim light, acoustic rhythms and howls all through the night. The band grew as they took the
stage, to put on a Rock N Roll show round town, Sydney town, & wherever is high enough to preach from.
How long has this band been together?
Just over 2 years, a lot of corks have been popped.
How would you describe your sound?
RockN’Roll, we could talk about sub genres, break it down from our influences but at the end of the day its old fashion high energy RockN’Roll. (Ryan)
What is your favourite song that you’ve written?
‘Who Runs the Show’, purely from the response we get playing it live.
What does music mean to you?
Andrew Gillett- Music to me is a reminder that life isn’t so serious. It can give you the greatest high’s and the lowest low’s without ever physically touching you. It’s amazing the power music can have on people.
Harry Dixon- Music lets you share emotions and feeling language cant say.
Mitchell Slade- I think music is a completely unique experience to each person, and i think no two people hear everything the same way, for me, i treat it as the easy escape from the
Scott Russell- To me music is a universal language, no matter who you are or where you are in the world or your life, anybody can listen to music and understand each other.
Daniel Bandiera– Music means everything… from the moment i rise to the moment i burn out. It brightens my every mood. Couldn’t live without it.
Luke Bateman- My faith is music. It keeps me alive. If I’m not playing it with my mates or listening to it, I’m singing it loud and proud.
Ryan Hutt– Music is the reality i choose to live, its put the fever in my stance, it directs my whole being and constantly reminds me whats important and whats not. Its shaped who i
am, the people i know and love and surrounds all memories i reflect on. Its really hard to make sense of a lot things going on in this world and to find an individual purpose among
the crap were subject too, music is my unfiltered education and daily news, all day err day.
If you could choose anywhere to play live, where would it be?
Andrew Gillett– Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Mitchell Slade– Would love the opportunity to play overseas, particularly in Europe in some field festival.
Luke Bateman– Blues Festivals all over the world, with all the greats.
Daniel Bandiera– Would have to be European festival in front of 60,000 people singing your songs or just vibing to what you have created. The dream.
Harry Dixon– Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles purely because its the stomping grounds of so many of my favourite bands.
Scott Russell– One place i would love to play would be Wembley Stadium. That would be Insane.
Ryan Hutt– On a dirt patch anywhere in this world to those much less fortunate. That or a money hungry politicians front lawn in the middle of the night!