Earlier this year saw Blue Mountains prog tinged three piece Red Bee reign supreme with their second album, Silent Enemy; which proves to be an unstoppable, adrenaline rushing, alt-hard rock masterwork. An incredibly tight live band, Red Bee is explosive, atmospheric and energetic; continuously blowing the minds of their audiences. We chat with vocalist and guitarist Daniel Silk.
Hey thanks so much for chatting to Forte! You recently released your second album ‘Silent Enemy’, how have you found the response so far?
The positive response has been overwhelming. We are super happy and grateful that people are loving the album and we can’t wait to take it out on the road.
Can you tell us a bit about the creative process on the album?
We worked on the album for around two years, and tried many different approaches for different songs, from being in the rehearsal space grinding it out together, to using different audio software to convey ideas to one another, and streamline the process, we didn’t have a set formula. All of us bring different ideas and concepts to the table for the band to build on.
It’s been said the album could appeal to an extraordinarily diverse audience base, an album that weaves through an abstract of styles, genres and time signatures without losing an ounce of hook or feel along the way. Do you agree?
Thank you, that’s a great way of describing the album. We just wanted freedom of expression from all members, nothing was taboo, we wrote without fear and edited without mercy and trust in each other’s ability during the writing and recording process. Within that, the album just formed organically; we never set out to write a certain style of music or songs, it’s just what we all can dig and agree on… “Most of the time”
Where did the idea come from the first single is ‘Dead Inside’?
‘Dead Inside’ was one of the first songs written for the new album. We draw from many influences in this band and the idea of juxtaposing tech math rock riffs with a hook laden chorus comes from all of us having an eclectic taste in music and mashing it together. Lyrically the song is drawn from real life experience however the story is a fictional tale based on a lack of control
You guys have just kicked off a tour around Australia which will see you hitting up Amped Festival at Cherry Bar which has a stacked lineup! Anyone you’re particularly looking forward to sharing the stage with? Have you been before?
This is our first Amped Festival, it’s great to have it fit in with our tour and we’re stoked to be on this killer bill. We always make an effort to watch every band that we play alongside, with such an amazing array of talent here in Australia it’s just inspiring to watch other bands get up and kill it live.
Are you guys more at home with your music live on stage or in the studio?
They are such different beasts, we cut our teeth playing live shows over the years and it’s a experience like no other to play a killer live set. The studio gives us space, time and tools to let creativity unfold, ideas you never thought of will surface, most songs develop more, plus your playing really goes under the microscope.
Thanks so much for chatting! To finish up, what can we expect to see next from Red Bee?
We’ll tour hard with Silent Enemy and begin work on a follow up album so we can get back into the studio and do it all again.
When & Where: Amped Fest, Melbourne – October 6.