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Interviews: Love Is Red

We have had the opportunity to interview the Hardcore band Love Is Red from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their  FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Our original drummer came up with it...we actually started in 2000 when there was a lot more "emo" hardcore around haha, like Hopesfall, boy sets fire, etc. So we were kinda just a product of the times. We got heavier, but our name stuck, so we kept confused some bands we toured with, but we kinda enjoyed the confusion.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We grew up in a very small southern town, with lots of closed minds...we wanted to be loud, and annoying, yet still, have something to say lyrically.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yeah, the original lineup all came from a small town in Alabama, when some of us moved to Nashville TN and had some member changes, we all knew those guys through the music scene there since it's not just a gigantic scene in the first place. 

4. Each band member favourite band?

Jeff (bassist) likes some shit ass country band called Hardy...we just call it Nu-Country. Hunter(vocals) just likes anything he can mosh to.

Kyle(drummer boy #2) listens to himself worry about everything.

Adam (guitar)listens to the sounds of fish gasping for breath when he catches them.

Rob(vocals #1) loves the john howard experience.

Dane(drummer #1) loves wesley willis. Kinsman listens to his moms bands. 

Bobby(drummer #3) listens to pop punk and beatdown hardcore only. I myself am a refined gentleman and only listen to contemporary classical musicians such as Olafur Arnalds from Iceland. ***im answering for everyone since I know they won't take the time to do it***

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

A lot of different musicians and styles influence me. I can literally hear a song played on piano that I think would be cool as a melodic hardcore riff, and/or an indie bands song that I think I could take inspiration from and make heavier. I draw inspiration from all over the place.

6. Where was your last gig?

After we broke up, we did a reunion in 2010, that was in Nashville TN, and our first gig back will be there as well 11 years later.

7. Where would you like to act?

I hope we're talking about acting on the big screen, because if so, let's put me in a comedy with Seth rogen or something.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I'll take any comedian really.

9. Whom not?

ok...maybe not carrot top

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

The only time I ever had stage fright was when I was 15 or 16 and we got asked to play a school dance with my ska punk band, haha. I was visibly shaking in my hands because I was so nervous, after the first note rang out and kids started dancing, I literally lost that fear, and never had it again ever since, no matter the size of the crowd...excitement yes...fear no. I would just say to those starting out...get out there and hit that first note, once you push through that, it's all good from there...have fun with it, and if you fuck up, act like you meant to do it, or you equipment is just a piece of shit.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

For love is red's style, it really fell on bands like shai hulud, strong arm, boy sets fire, and those type of melodic hardcore bands that really started in the 90s, we rode in on that in the early 2000s.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Not sure of the weirdest thing they've asked for, but another hardcore band I was in got to play Russia and Ukraine, and in one small town in Ukraine, kids were acting like we were Motley Crue or something, they were running up and kissing us on the cheek on stage as we played and one kid stole a pick out of my hand while I was playing then later wanted me to sign it, haha.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Although I love writing music for myself and being proud of the things I've created, without the friends (I don't wanna say fans) that come to see us play, we don't really mean anything. so they are what has kept the spirit of this band alive for so long, even when we have been gone.

14. What do you think of our site?

You cover a ton of bands on your site that span the heavy music genre and it's really well laid out. I could have sworn you did an album review for my doom metal band Breag Naofa, but I can't find it, so maybe we need to do one ;)

15. Something to add?

We're all older dudes that probably won't tour much, but we do still have time to play music and a few of us have started some new bands this year, so please check our social media for new music coming soon!

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