Interview – Cry Red

Cry Red are a folky, pop-rock band who recently released a song titled Vertigo (Acoustic). They’ve got a very unique sound to their music – check out the interview below to find out more!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a song titled Vertigo (Acoustic), which we reviewed. What can you tell us about this song and where can it be purchased?

Vertigo is an epic pop rock song telling a personal story of distance, uncertainty, and hope. Vertigo (Acoustic) embraces the same powerful vocal and instrumental melodies of the original, (that features on the band’s debut album Everything and the Space In Between) whilst maintaining the intimacy of an unplugged radio session.

Vertigo (Acoustic) is one of several alternative releases put together to ensure that whilst the band focuses on writing new songs, Cry Red continues to maintain interest from their growing fanbase through releasing new music. Producer Tim Wills (Ian Brown), who also produced the band’s debut album, was able to take the band’s brief on a stripped-down version of Vertigo and combine the powerful vocals of Jayson Keeler with acoustic guitars and a simple yet epic sounding string arrangement, the result being an intimate yet dynamic version of the original.

Vertigo (Acoustic) is available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and all other major platforms, and as with all the band’s singles to date, a music video accompanies the release on YouTube.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Fortunately for Cry Red, our debut album was completed in December 2019 which meant throughout 2020 and into 2021, we already had a release programme of singles (with music videos to accompany) and all the necessary support we needed in the form of a new website, new band pics, etc. To that extent we had everything we needed to digitally promote the singles and the album, with the only obvious hinderence being that we could not play live. As thing shave improved and the world has opened up, we have been able to meet up and work on new material which is great and now our real focus.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

We mix the traditional writing and recording together with the now much more common, remote writing and idea sharing which is something that we’ve all had to get used to. The ease of online communications and quality of home recording now ensures we can make significant steps in the song writing and arranging process without having to leave the house. As far as the final recording process goes for new releases this 2022, we will be aiming to record the songs in a recording studio in London.

Have you started writing for a future EP/album yet? Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Yes, the band have several new songs that we are currently working on with the aim to release an EP later in 2022. Again, we are working with producer Tim Wills on this next release.

You’re based in London. What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

London will always be one of the world’s great diverse, creative, and live hubs for music, but local live music has clearly suffered in recent years with not only the loss of live music venues due to the pandemic, but also due to the fact that nowadays there is less incentive for local bands to “gig hard” to create a core live following when you can promote the band globally from your bedroom. However, we all very much hope that with the best part of two years of live music lost to the pandemic, there will be a much greater appetite from the public to support local and live music again.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Cry Red’s musical influences span decades of pop, rock, and indie music but I would say that two of the most significant influences are U2 & Manic Street Preachers, two bands that continue to release memorable pop rock songs with radio friendly melodies, year after year, supported by fantastic live shows. On the Cry Red radio this week is Something To Leave The House For by The Lottery Winners and Tough Love – EP by Teddy Swims.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not as yet, but it is something that we are working on for 2022.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Cry Red are an established traditional guitar-based pop rock band so you can expect some arena sized melodies accompanied by a passionate and energetic performance, with frontman Jayson Keeler being well versed at connecting with his audience.

Any last words for the fans?

We’re excited to release new material in 2022 so please do keep an eye on our website and our social media channels for further news. Finally, watch out for our good friend and producer Tim Wills who is also the keyboardist/guitarist for York’s finest Shed Seven! If you haven’t seen Shed Seven live, you need to!