Redwire declare on their website to be "the most exciting band to come out of Bradford ever!" Considering at the minute the only other Bradford band I can think of are Embrace... they may be correct.
Exciting is a bit of a misnomer, because whilst the three songs on this untitled demo are rather raucous, dance along indie, it's hardly a massive departure from any other British indie band out there at the moment. Indeed the band's influences are a who's who of British indie guitar music: The Smiths, Stereophonics, Libertines, Beatles and Kasabian. However, if you throw into that mix the influence of local Yorkshire bands The Pigeon Detectives and The Sunshine Underground, you can appreciate that Redwire are more post-punky indie than Morrissey-esque. Nonetheless to judge any band on the idea that they are not inventing new genres or bringing in intricate glockenspiel solos is obviously... stupid. In fact this is the only criticism that can be levelled at Redwire. These are good solid indie songs that few of the Cockpit or Wire attendees would have little problem boogie-ing away to.
The only track with a known title, 'Sinking Feeling,' opens with a catchy little riff, and jerky, cutting lead guitar section with vocalist Tom sounding like Alex Turner's long lost brother... damn those Monkeys. Track 2 inexplicably opens with a stoner Cockney singing 'I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles,' and this feels a tad unnecessary, although when the music kicks in with its raucous mix of Arctic Monkeys style verses and a toned down Libertines chorus with punky backing shouts, you can kind of forgive the Cockney and his doobie. There's even a dark little jumpy piano line in the bridge, which nicely layers the rest of the music. Track 3 is the result of Dr. Frankenstein's experiment trying to fuse 90's Green Day and the Arctic Monkeys together, with its tagline of "There's nothing else to do but fade away".
Considering all the band's members are still seventeen, this is a good effort. They play cohesively and energetically. However, they may find that they will suffer from sounding a little too like the Arctic Monkeys. Good songwriting is evident though, and this is a solid enough debut demo.
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2012 has been hectic for redwire! This young 5-piece from Bradford emerged from their studio at the start of the year with an infectious, high-energy, classic indie-rock set which has seen them gain followers and plaudits wherever they have performed. Their debut single was released in May through the independent label 'One Above Records' and received high praise from Supajam who observed; "redwire play a brand of scuzzy, bluesy rock which places them sonically somewhere between the Arctic Monkeys and The Enemy, only with the playfulness of the former and none of the boredom of the latter." A 15 date UK tour saw them perform alongside King Charles, Bastille, We Are Augustine's, The Vaseline's and History of Apple Pie. They were also busy on the festival circuit with slots at Long Division, Live At Leeds, X&Y and Crooked Ways where Lyric Lounge Review boldly declared; "redwire have knocked away all pretenders to the indie throne and filled a void we were beginning to think was permanent." redwire's music is in high demand off stage with syncs on the highly acclaimed BBC series Being Human and a screenplay written and directed by Irvine Welsh. The band recently finished filming scenes for 'Switch', the new drama on ITV2, in which two of their tracks also feature. The second single 'Playing With Fire' released on 29th October, accompanied by a 20 date UK tour includes supports to Reverend & The Makers and The Pigeon Detectives. With their eagerly anticipated EP expected in early 2013, redwire are definitely a band to catch up close and personal whilst you still have the chance!