This was my first encounter with The Dead Reds, who are a Brighton based Blues Rock band formed of Jeremy Green on Vocals and Bass, Thomas Miles Woodbridge on Blues Harp, Max Gibson on Lead Guitar, Joss “Caveman Thunder God” Love on Drums and Casper James doing the Spoken Word sections.
Renegade Genesis opens with the sounds of wind rushing and what sounds like an anvil being hit, this drifts into the sounds of a battle field with horns and an old fashioned battlefield drum beat. Then comes the call to arms in the form of spoken word by Casper James “welcome to the Renegade Generation, this is Mad Max territory, crashes and collapses ….” Leading into social commentary on what Generation X feel is happening in the world. There is rage against the digital age leading us into disarray and throughout you have the beating battle drums. It is a very powerful track, not always easy listening but giving a flavour of the attitude and swagger you can expect from the next 6 tracks on the album.
Disobey is a song about working and feeling undervalued “feed you with hope, then turn you away” for people that you don’t understand or even begin to know and who certainly do not understand you. This is set to a great melody which ebbs and flows, the harmonica helps. Then the gravelly voice leads into a great guitar riff section, which is building up, layer by layer.
Digital Age shows the gravelly quality of Green’s vocals which fit with the harmonica being played throughout. This song pulses with a heavy blues based beat and builds into a anthemic chorus of “we’ve got the power, we’ve got the power of Rock n Roll” leading into a heavy guitar solo, as promised by the lyrics. I can see this being a real crowd pleaser when played live, as it has something for everyone, great lyrics, good melody, fabulous guitar breaks and vibrant drums.
Then we are into Judgement Day which has a more blues feel, the harmonica builds over and over again and fits really well.
Scorch the Earth continues in this vein, building even more into the Blues with emphasis on harmonica and great sounding guitar.
Coming for the Crown makes you want to nod your head and dance, it has a heavier feel than Scorch the Earth and has a great drum beat, your toes will be tapping during this song, just try and resist!
The album finishes as it begins with spoken word over melodies with social commentary about the emasculation of man and the difficulties faced by women, it is haunting and beautiful. The harmonica brings a sad quality to this final track.
Throughout the album there is much social commentary, swagger and attitude. Although this was my first encounter it will not be my last and I hope to see them play live.