Redglo on a roll
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.’’
– ROSE SADLEIR
The Sunnyboys play the Coolangatta Hotel tomorrow night with Not OK and Saturday night with Redglo.