Red Rum Club stop by for a pre-christmas interview!
It’s been almost two months since Liverpool’s Red Rum Club dropped ‘The Hollow of Humdrum’, so I caught up with trumpet player Joe Corby for a quick chat about the album, their new Christmas single and more!
EE: Hey Joe, would you like to say a few words to introduce yourself to our readers?
JC: Hi, I’m Joe and I’m from Red Rum Club
EE: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened to Red Rum Club before?
JC: We always went with Scouse-Americana for a while but I think we’ve kind of grown out of that title. The latest album has been a bit more disco influenced so maybe like The Last Shadow Puppets in the 70’s.
EE: Earlier this week you brought us some Christmas cheer when you released your cover of WHAM’s ‘Last Christmas’, what made you decide to release a Christmas single this year?
JC: It felt like a good idea, you know there wasn’t much to do and it was nice to get back in the studio really and record, it was a nice little project. We’re always jamming around Christmas time anyway so we thought we may as well just get it down and put it out there!
EE: So, I wanted to congratulate you on the absolutely fantastic album, it’s been almost two months since you released ‘The Hollow of Humdrum’ which hit number 10 in the official UK indie chart. How does it feel to have such a well-received record?
JC: It’s been great, even though we haven’t been able to play it live its nice to see everyone still giving us the time of day even though we haven’t been in the public eye for ages. There was a great reception for the album as well, positive comments and stuff, and it sold pretty well too. Releasing music during lockdown is really just a mood lifter for when the world had kind of stopped, it was good for us really and it worked out really well.
EE: What was the writing process like this time around? Was it any different to the first album?
JC: Yeah it was a lot different. With your first album you’ve had these tunes around for years almost. This time around it was very much broken up- the writing process was broken up by recording a lot and it made it a bit more of a daunting task, but we still managed it and we were very happy with the end result, even though there were a couple of songs we wrote in the studio. It was probably over a shorter timespan but it really felt like a longer process, broken up, but we’re happy with the result.
EE: Who would you say your main influences were on the new record, both individually and as a band?
JC: A lot of it was influenced by a festival we played last year in Romania, the line-up was The 1975, Jungle, Pale Waves and we were just kind of watching them thinking our standards need to be a lot higher if we want to compare ourselves to these bands. We took it back into the studio thinking about Jungle with their harmonies and stuff, and there was a lot of Shish influence as well, Liverpool likes a lot of disco music and our first album is a lot more Bunnymen and 80’s sounds. We’ve still got the same kind of big sound as the first album but more current.
EE: What was it like releasing the album through lockdown?
JC: A bit weird. We had some good fortune as we were really selling copies, and we got a playlist too by BBC radio 2. That was great, it gave us more confidence in the album. Not being able to play it live was a bit deflating but hopefully we haven’t lost hope yet, fingers crossed we can do it next year. We’re kind of in limbo at the moment because we got to play one socially distanced gig and that’s it. It’s been great just seeing everyone’s comments and stuff, a lot of people have given a lot of feedback, I don’t know if that’s just because of lockdown but it felt like more of a warm reception with this one.
EE: What is your opinion on playing socially distanced gigs?
JC: I was just happy to see some familiar faces again, all the people we’ve made friends with over the years from touring who always come to our gigs. It was quite humbling and nice to see them all. It’s a hard one because it probably wouldn’t be my ideal gig but because we hadn’t gigged in so long it was great really.
EE: What would you say is your personal favourite track off the album and why?
JC: It’s tough… it’s got to be between ‘The Elevation’ and ‘Brando’ for me. I’ll give it to ‘Brando’ because it’s a bit more epic, I like the way it builds up and I get a nice little moment at the end so I’m happy with that one
EE: Fans got a taste of how the new record sounds live with the virtual gig you did a couple of weeks ago. What was it like making your ‘live’ return online? Would you say it has any good sides?
JC: Oh yeah! It was good to do something different like that really, regardless of lockdown or not we would have loved to do something like that in a cool venue and getting it all perfect. We were really happy with how it came out so I guess we have to thank lockdown in that respect because we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do it otherwise. It was definitely worth it and it came at a good time as well.
EE: So, you’re heading out on your headline tour next February as well supporting Circa Waves in March. What show are you most looking forward to and why?
JC: I’m going to be boring and say our headline show in Liverpool just because I love hometown shows. Even if it gets postponed, we’ll definitely do it at some point next year,
EE: If you could play any venue in the UK what would it be?
JC: That’s a tough one. The obvious dream one is Wembley but its always nice to play one with a bit more character. There’s been some interesting places we’ve played in, churches are dead cool, you find yourself doing a gig just staring around.
EE: Who are some of your favourite up and coming bands or artists at the moment?
JC: I’m a big fan of Big Society from Manchester, they’re doing really well at the moment, we listen out for their new releases and we played a couple of gigs with them a couple of years ago. Zuzu from Liverpool too, she’s great.
EE: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions, I’ve just got one more for you. What’s next for Red Rum Club?
JC: That’s a big question isn’t it. I can’t really say at the moment with all the uncertainty, but I can say it’ll be on the up next year at some point!