Redstone Sparta consists of Paul, Carl, Chris, Rob and Al. They are an original Rock and Roll collective, liking nothing better than to produce rock music that will get your Grandma in the mosh pit.
Chris on guitars is a maestro of crunching riffage , Paul is a beguiling frontman also known as the Brighton Melody Maker, Carl is responsible for driving down the bass so low that you feel it in your basement and Rob just loves smashing up drums. Al hammers the percussion and triggers the samples, and holds a regional award for growing the biggest beard in the South East.
They have gigged in locations as diverse as living rooms and aircraft hangers, and their live shows are widely known as a celebration of all that is good about rock culture; communal fist pumping, spilling beer on random strangers and dancing in a field with your mates like you know no one is watching!
Their debut album ‘Natural Selection’ is a potent mix of alternative rock smashers combined with a concern for the welfare of large mammals and highwaymen; they are the sound of five men making cosmos shaking rock and roll music
ALBUM REVIEW NATURAL SELECTION
On first playing, it is evident that these southern rockers know how to write well-crafted songs that have the ability to grab your interest. A few plays of this album, and you will be left with most of the songs becoming as familiar to you as your favourite leather jacket! And that’s a good thing, right?
Redstone Sparta are a five-piece rock band who, by their own admittance, are a D.I.Y. band. They have done everything themselves with regard to this album. And they’ve done it to a high standard. From writing all eight songs, to all of the recording, to the artwork, to actually gluing the c.d. covers together. They have managed to produce a very professional sounding and professional looking product.
The band state their influences as Queens Of The Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin and The Cure. In my opinion the most obvious influences on this album are Q.O.T.S.A. and The Cure. Having said that, no song on here is a “copy” of style, but the subtlety of influence can certainly be picked up.
This is a well rounded album with a collection of songs that work well together. The band should be very pleased and proud of what they have produced.
As with all albums, I feel that some of the songs deserve special recognition.
“Moby Doll” is a song with a message. Redstone Sparta’s call to arms regarding the cruelty towards marine life. Having said that, it’s not just a protest song. It works on a musical level as well, with a catchy chorus that you will be singing along to after only a few plays. See the video on YouTube as well. Again, all home produced!
“All For You”. The military like drumming and the slightly haunting vocals of Paul Wroe are what strike you here. Complemented by the catchy chorus. Another great “sing along in the car” moment!
“Sepia Window” is my personal favourite. Not least because of its clever lyrics, the images it puts in my mind and a lovely lead guitar break. “Looking through a sepia window”. I find that very thought provoking.
“The Ballad Of Swift Nick”. The rhythm section of Rob Hipkiss (drums) and Carl O’Shea (bass) drive this track forward from the start. And it’s about a Highwayman. You’ve gotta love a song about a Highwayman!!
The band have no illusions of grandeur, admitting that they all have commitments and careers. These guys are enjoying their music, and that is evident when you listen to the album, meet them and see them perform live.
If they are content to remain a local band, and continue doing what they’re doing, well, that is the local scenes gain and the industry’s loss.
John Head. The Rock Out. Deal Radio.