The Red Leslies formed in 2015, sparked by the members’ shared love of Art, Classic Records, and Iconic songwriters like Buddy Holly, Lou Reed, and Lennon/McCartney. They’ve been performing for the last three years everywhere from rowdy house parties, to empty swimming pools filled with skaters, to renowned Southern California venues like the Observatory OC, Marty’s On Newport, and The Continental Room. They will release their debut record In White in March 2019.
Core members Luis Sanchez and Adrian Martinez rehearsed tirelessly for six months straight to write and arrange the songs, all the while working multiple late-night jobs to fund the recording. The result is a raw, triumphant burst of guitar driven energy reminiscent of bands like T. Rex, The Strokes, and Jet. The first single, Staring At The Wall sets the stage perfectly with its raw, anthemic tone.
The following is what we have in store for the next few months.
Staring At The Wall
Staring At The Wall is a guitar driven dive into minimalism, conveyed with a large sound. It is introduced starkly - staccato dots of distortion stab above a deep, raw drum beat. Faint hip-hop textures are nodded at, and yet the bass is warm, and low, and the songwriting is surely Rock N Roll. The song arcs quickly into an anthemic drop, ripe for an audience to sing along to if they’re feeling heartbroken, or down. It is a powerful song with a triumphant spirit, and a quick glance at what’s to come from The Red Leslies.
Intercourse Weapon is a motorized engine of energy, delivered in technicolor drums and dirty, transistor guitars. The punk, post-punk, and garage revival waves certainly washed over this song once or twice, leaving it with layers of inspiration that result in a nuanced texture. The drums are acoustic, but distort into a drum machine feel. The urgency of the chords strike immediately a-la Ramones, or The Strokes. The vocal delivery is strong, precise, and stands rooted in emotion, as it sings the incredibly danceable chorus
“I don’t care, I don’t care, anymore . . .”
I’m Not The Only One
I’m Not The Only One is the third single off of In White, The Red Leslies’ Debut LP, out March 2019. It is a strong composition by the duo, delivering gritty arrangement wrapped around some good ol’ Rock N Roll performing. It finds itself at home nestled in between the riff-drenched Rock of early Kinks records, and fuzzy bass and guitar songs by modern acts like Courtney Barnett and St Vincent. Oh and the solo is for the books.