EMQ’s with LOVE IS RED
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee based Melodic Hardcore band, Love Is Red. Huge thanks to guitarist, Roger Kilburn, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Roger, I play guitar, and the history is quite interesting. Band started in the year 2000, we were teens and early 20’s like most young bands and just wanted to tour and see the world. We went through a few line-up changes but still kept two original members (myself included), and that’s when we really seemed to hit our stride, maybe just a right place at the right time moment. Toured extensively on some big tour packages, and before you know it, we broke up in 2005. 5 years passed and we got together again to play our “final” show in 2010. Little did we know a fest was going to try to have a 20 year reunion and ask us to play, much less that a pandemic would stop it, and that I’d be so bored, that I’d write 5 brand new songs for the band after 17 years of writing NO hardcore songs…so here we are.
How did you come up with your band name?
It was our original drummer’s idea. At the time we were trying to mix styles of Shai Hulud with bands like Hopesfall, BoySetsFire, and a few other melodic bands. And it was right for that genre, but as our sound changed it almost didn’t seem to fit, but oddly enough people had latched onto it, that we decided to keep it. It was definitely funny having people think an “emo” band was on the bill at a hardcore show.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We were from the South East US. Started in Alabama, but migrated to Nashville Tennessee. Both cities actually have some interesting history tied to music and even though Nashville is known for country, has a decent thriving punk scene. We all currently live in different states at the moment and so are all in different scenes now.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Latest release (once again after 17 years) is “Darkness Is Waiting” EP. This release was solely made possible because Covid stifled everything and in the down time, I knew that we had a fest we’d eventually play, so why not write some new music. It just so happened, I never really lost my stride in writing that style, so it almost took no time to get 5 songs cranked out.
‘Shallow Graves’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
For Love Is Red, we were inspired by Shai Hulud originally, and how they mixed the heaviness of hardcore with catchy melodic melodies. Our sound morphed and grew into its own like most bands though over time. Personally, I’m influenced by music of almost all genres, whether its Doom Metal, Shoegaze, Post-Rock, Punk, Hardcore, or Hip-Hop.
What first got you into music?
Our bassist hates when I always say, “No Nirvana…no Love Is Red,” but it’s true. I was a bit too young to have gotten into the “Bleach” album, but I distinctly remember in the 7th grade having a kid walk up with “Nevermind” on tape, and popping the headphones on and listening to it for the first time. It was all over after that, next came the long hair, flannel, and a terrible attempt at playing music, haha.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
If we’re talking just me in general…probably a band like Cult of Luna or something more spacey like Sigur Ros.
If Love Is Red were to ever do any other releases, there are plenty of melodic bands still around like Counterparts, Comeback Kid, etc that would be fun to do something with musically.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Furnace Fest 2021 at Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Alabama 😉.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I don’t know about the weirdest gift received, but a totally different hardcore band I was in called Wait In Vain once played the Ukraine in a small town a bit further away from the major city of Kiev, and kids thought we were fucking Mötley Crüe. I got kissed on the face while playing on stage, and one kid actually ran up and stole a pick out of my hand while I was playing! haha
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
To be as cheesy as possible. From our lyrics on our 2004 album “take back today, fight for tomorrow”.
We’re all old as fuck now, most members are in their 40’s. We truly didn’t realize just how good we all had it 20 years ago, even if it was rough, those were times to explore the world, meet new people, and do things that aren’t traditionally done in a modern capitalist society. Don’t let hesitation or doubt hold you back. LIVE LIFE.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
We probably shouldn’t but I’d definitely like to see what could have come from someone like Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley in later years.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being creative and literally writing music that will be out there forever, playing in front of live audiences that appreciate that music also helps haha.
Hate…probably just the fact that life gets in the way and less time for practice, or being able to do those shows etc.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Leaving off the “industry” part of music. burn that shit to the ground.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Sigur Ros – “Takk…”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Digital, because I’m lazy, but I do have Vinyl.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
With Love Is Red, possibly the final Hellfest in 2004.
But I suspect our pre-show to Furnace Fest and Furnace Fest itself this year will be amazing.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
When I’m not practicing or playing with some other random band of mine, I train Muay Thai and Boxing. I love it, my body doesn’t.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
You and 4 of your friends of course!
What’s next for the band?
As we may have alluded to, now that we have a new EP finished and out there for the world. You can check us out this September the 23rd in Nashville for our pre-fest show, and then Furnace fest that following weekend with a ton of amazing bands.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
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