The following responses come from garage rock/blues band, The Red Fuze. The Swedish duo is comprised of Randy Wild (vocals) and Raimond Raio Geezer (guitar). Known for their classic vibe but with a modern twist, The Red Fuze released their sophomore EP Bazooka Circus a few months ago. Personally, I love the catchy rhythm of “Kitchen of Love” and the driving instrumentals of “Dance Now.” Learn more about the duo from their responses and be sure to check out some tracks including “Bazooka Circus” below.
How would you describe your music to others?
There is an energy and honest vibe in our music that we believe captures the listener from the first listening. It’s pure rock ‘n’ roll with roots from the 60’s and 70’s mixed with a modern feeling from our generation.
How did you guys meet?
We came in contact through a bandfinder page on the net and decided to start create music together long distance. While Raimond was living in Kiruna, above the arctic circle and Randy was stationed in Jönköping, south of Sweden we recorded and released our self-titled debut EP in 2014 without ever having met in person.
What is the story/meaning behind the band’s name, The Red Fuze?
You can see The Red Fuze as a story about an highly electric duo with energy of a dynamite about to blow.
Who and what influences your music? Why?
There is some influences you can hear in our music like for example The Doors, The Black Keys and Jack White. We like their honest way to express themselves but we can also take influences from artist and bands like Eminem and U2. We then take all the energies and the feelings we get from music and life and try to make something good out of it.
How would you describe your writing process?
It often starts with a song idea or a guitar riff that we send back and forward until we get something nice going on. The inspiration and ideas has always been there from the start so the writing process have never been a problem for us.
How often and how long do you practice together?
We don’t practice that often because we live in different cities for the moment but we have a daily contact and are always working on new music and other band stuff. It’s almost like a distance relationship, haha!
How would you describe your recording process?
It’s like everything else, step by step, but we do it very fast and in our process Raimond is the producer and puts together the music while Randy record the vocals and more or less throw the paint on our canvas like Jackson Pollock. We want to keep it simple and not overdoing things.
Can you talk about the inspiration behind a few of your tracks?
“Bazooka Circus” is like a scene from the movie “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”. That was the feeling we got after it was done… So unconsciously we guess that was the inspiration source
“Riding” The Biker Culture. The outlaws. The people that won’t live according to the rules of society. Which some people can relate to, so it’s a story of a regular day in an outlaws life. Which in a normal persons life is so far away.
“Dance Now”…..Well just that, Dance now, don’t think….FEEL. What the gut tells you is 100% right then your brain starts to work and the feeling, that moment, when you should have done it, has past. So when you decide to do what you should have done right away, that moment is gone and you just will never have it back. Dance now is about to always follow what you feel and not to think twice.
From start to finish, how long did it take to create your latest EP, Bazooka Circus?
It took about two or three months to finish the EP. We worked already on some of the songs while we recorded our first EP so the recordings went rather quickly and smoothly.
Do you play covers at practices or shows? If so, which ones are your favorites?
Maybe we will, in that case it’ll be something from The Doors or maybe something else from the good old days.
What do you typically do post-gig?
We have some drinks while we listening to good music and going through the setlist for the evening. Randy sneaks off to do his thing and call his mother, grandfather and sister to get their blessings before he shows up at the last seconds before the gig is about to start and we gather together quick before we hit the stage and play the first notes.
What image do you think your music conveys?
It conveys a sense of rebellion and freedom. It’s a party baby! Life is up and down and we just try to do the best we can in what we love in life, music. It’s a dirty road filled with wonders, and we’re ready to explore that with our music. If you sit down and really listen to The Red Fuze you will find something bigger rather then if you just listen in a shallow way.
What has been one of your biggest challenges as a band?
There are many good bands and artists out there so the biggest challenges for us as a band is to reach out to the crowd. But we are constantly trying to find different ways to get people to listen to our music and we feel that those who listen to the songs really like the sound. So we will continue to work hard to be heard and take us your where we want.
What has been your funniest or craziest experience working together?
Well, we think that funniest and craziest experiences haven’t happened yet but of course we have our moments when we meet to record or on gigs etc. We look forward to see what the future can bring and every time we release new music that we can share to you all is good times for us.
Anything funny or interesting your fans should know?
The way the band started is itself a quite funny story, how we recorded our debut EP on distance with only contact by phone and e-mail. Also, when we finally met in Stockholm for the first time, we went directly and had a photo session and filmed the music video the song “American Hippie”.
What can we expect from The Red Fuze in the coming months?
There are very interesting things happening. Our third and upcoming EP will be released and we will also start planning a tour for the summer. We will also try to film a new music video so stay tuned and follow our musical journey and circus!