Red­glo on a roll

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

LO­CAL band Red­glo (pic­tured) have the defin­ing qual­i­ties of a power-pop band. The trio – hus­band and wife Pa­trick Keyzer and Suzie O’Toole and drum­mer John Hip­pocrates – draw in­spi­ra­tion from pop and rock mu­sic from the 1980s. One of their great­est mu­si­cal idols are post-punk power pop band Sun­ny­boys, known for their hits Alone With You, You Need A Friend and Happy Man. Nat­u­rally, when Red­glo were hand-picked to sup­port one of two Sun­ny­boys’ home­com­ing gigs this week­end, the trio were ec­static. ‘‘Suzie used to play in a band on the Coast that played Sun­ny­boys cov­ers – we are trilled to be in the same room as them, let alone warm the stage for them,’’ says Keyzer. ‘‘We’ve been prac­tis­ing like crazy. It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun.’’ While Red­glo build their sound on Hip­pocrates’ tight drum­ming, front­man Keyzer says the fact that all three mem­bers sing gives them a dis­tinct power-pop flavour. ‘‘We have quite dif­fer­ent voices as well. We are pretty ac­tive on stage, we love to jump around,’’ he says. ‘‘We are in­ter­ested in melodies and sing-along sec­tions in songs. I guess we want peo­ple to no­tice and en­joy the melody of a song.’’ Af­ter form­ing 18 months ago, Red­glo’s sound nat­u­rally evolved when Keyzer, O’Toole and Hip­pocrates tried to fit a rock ’n’ roll life­style around a nine-to-five job. ‘‘It’s al­ways a stretch but we love it,’’ Keyzer says. ‘‘We all like the same bands. We like that fast, snappy, rock ’n’ roll gui­tar and pow­er­ful drums.’’ Gear­ing up to re­lease their de­but five­track EP, Keyzer says Red­glo chan­nelled an ’80s sound in the record­ing. ‘‘We are liv­ing in the past and we love that past,’’ he says. ‘‘We just do what we feel like do­ing and it turns out great.’’


The Sun­ny­boys play the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel to­mor­row night with Not OK and Satur­day night with Red­glo.

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