Redcoats – Redcoats Album Review

If you can cast your mind back to 2011, Redcoats made Australia take note with ‘Dreamshaker’, a trippy, jamming, psychedelic tune that ended up #76 in Triple Js Hottest 100 and cemented their status as a band to watch. The good news is that Redcoats have finally released a thunderous debut self-titled album.

There is something fantastic about listening to the rock greats, such as Credence Clearwater, The Who, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd that leaves a fire in your belly that modern music cannot spark. I’m not sure if it is the pure rawness of the screeching vocals, the originality of what we now call classic rock, or whether fuzzed out guitars have special powers, but there is something special about that sound that just hit the spot. It is also a sound that Redcoats manage to nail with equal effects.

There are two things that separate Redcoats from the range of pretenders. Firstly is their mantra. They are a democratic band, if they all like it they do it, if they disagree they drop it. This is partly for the reason behind the self-titled nature of the album, as they couldn’t totally agree on an appropriate name. It also means that the songs that made the cut for the album, they all liked as there was no compromise for a weak track. This really comes through from the very first listen to the album, in short its epic.

The other reason their album is incredible is that they have retro credibility, aside from the long hair and beards. They worked with legendary rock producer Dave Schiffman, who has previously worked on albums for Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers & The Mars Volta and now Australia’s own Redcoats to really enhance the power of their sound.

As a result of these two factors and some supreme musical talent, Redcoats have delivered a rock album of epic proportions. Everything is supersized with Redcoats, and starting with Emilio Mercuri’s huge vocal range, they deliver a wall of waning nostalgic rock with every track. From the high intensity beat laden, guitar soaring odyssey that is ‘One Hundred Seasons’, to the howling vocals of ‘Death of Ecstasy’, and the fuzzed our guitars of ‘Evergreen’, Redcoats deliver an album of pure rawness that just ignites the fire in your belly and will have even the calmest of listeners letting out a screeching ‘Yeeeaah’. Yet, the band is no one trick pony and Redcoats show their sound is more than versatile with the aforementioned classic rock tunes also giving way to layered and composed tacks such as the, ‘House of Luna’, and go as far as the calmer almost swing enthused rock of ‘Worlds Between’.  Overall, Redcoats have delivered a fantastic debut of nostalgic rock that is sure to satisfy the fans of yesteryear and reignite the fire in the belly of all lovers of rock.

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