What is your name and role within RedHook?
Hi there! I’m Craig, and I’m the guitarist of RedHook.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
RedHook’s based in Sydney, Australia. As most people around Sydney know, the nanny state government’s lockout laws, “war on festivals” and general over-regulation of everything has really kneecapped live music, with many iconic, once thriving venues forced to close and festivals collapsing at an alarming pace.
In saying that, one really positive thing I’ve seen come from it is a strong sense of community and comradery among artists, music lovers and the local scene. Every time I’ve been out to a gig or played a show – I can be sure to see a whole bunch of familiar faces and friends around supporting each other, which is pretty amazing.
Please tell us about your new single, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
‘Paralysed’ is a song that shines a very ugly but very real spotlight on those dark periods when depression and anxiety is bearing down on you with its full weight – and inside you’re just screaming at yourself to snap out of it and get on with business, but physically you just can’t.
‘Paralysed’ was written alongside our good friend and producer Stevie Knight. Going into the studio, we all had a strong idea of the sound and vibe that we wanted – with strong influences from the likes of Beartooth and early Linkin Park – heavy riffs, clean melodies, and a LOT of emotion behind the stong, both lyrically and sonically.
How do you usually go about writing music?
Em and myself are the main songwriters – we tend to take an isolated approach, first starting off with an instrumental, then bouncing off vocal melodies and lyrics, and then changing the instrumental as needed to come up with this crazy fusion of sound that is RedHook.
You’re just about to tour Australia with Hands Like Houses, what can Aussie fans expect from these shows?
On our last tour with The Faim, our touring bass player Suburban, tore ligaments in his ankle and knee mid performance – so if that’s anything to go by, this tour will be just as wild and energetic.
What do you find most challenging and rewarding about being on tour?
The most challenging thing is definitely getting through the long, overnight interstate drives on almost no sleep – we definitely had to pull over a few times to take some truckstop naps on the last tour! This time we’re mostly flying though so we’ll see what new challenges that brings!
The most rewarding thing is definitely all the incredible new friends we get to meet at the shows along the way!
You are also on the line up for Download Festival (UK) how did this show come about and what other acts are you looking forward to seeing whilst your there?
A very nice man named Sean who books Download UK reached out to us after hearing our last single ‘Turn Up The Stereotype’ and offered us not just a spot on the lineup, but also an amazing amount of support in general. He gave us lots of helpful advice and even introduced us to the man who would soon after become RedHook’s official manager, Rob Nassif! It blew us away that someone on that level could care so much about a little band on the other side of the world, but he’s just a genuine music fan first and foremost. It was incredibly humbling!
I’m really looking forward to seeing Beartooth – they’ve had such a huge influence on me both as a musician and just as a person. It’ll also be cool to see our mates in Yours Truly rock the Download stage!
How did RedHook form?
Em and I first met at The Equinox Tour at Sydney’s big top with the AMAZING lineup of Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Hands Like Houses and Ocean Grove. Fun fact – I actually didn’t get in to RedHook the first time I auditioned. Fast-forward a year or so later – Em and I reconnected, and after a lot of setbacks with our own musical endeavours, basically said “fuck this – let’s just do it ourselves”, 6 months later launched the first RedHook single (June 2018) and it’s been a crazy ride ever since!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Emarosa’s album ‘Peach Club’ – the first 3 singles released have been some of the catchiest music I’ve heard for a long time. I’ve been a big fan of these guys since way, but this new sound is next level!
What do you have planned for 2019?
2019 is jam-packed so far! All I can say on it so far is we just came off an Australian tour with The Faim, we’re in the middle of touring with Hands Like Houses (which has been siiiiick), we’ve got a show in Frankston Victoria with Void of Vision, Download UK in June – and a looooooot of writing and recording and more gigging in between!
What do you like to do away from music?
Aside from hanging out with friends and relaxing, I’m a massive nerd gamer. I played a loooooot of competitive Counter Strike when I was a kid – still not sick of that game!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Greasy. Delicious. Burgers.
Beach – Try to get there as much as I can to switch off and relax.