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Red Letter Day
24/06/2000



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

The Band: Ade- vocals. Daryn- drums. Wolfie- bass. Razor- guitars.

RED LETTER DAY have signed to Zip Records in America and have their best of 1985-1999 album Chance Meetings scheduled for an October release. The band have also recorded the new live favourite Thrown It All Away for their next single release.

RED LETTER DAY have landed premier support slots with the likes of: The Mission, Sonic Youth, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Kirk Brandon, Primitives, 999, UK Subs, The Vibrators and Birdland. The group have toured Europe and played major venues around the UK and London venues such as The Marquee, Powerhaus, Venue, Underworld and 100 Club.

1999 saw the band tour the Czech Republic and play dates around England. In November RLD released the Happy New Year EP which was seized upon by the international magazine Pulped and subsequently given away on the front cover of their February 2000 issue.

2000 has already seen the band play a successful string of dates around England and Scotland which is scheduled to be repeated in September.

RED LETTER DAY have recorded an acclaimed John Peel session for BBC Radio 1 (produced by Mott The Hoople's Dale Griffin). This lead to the band being signed to Quiet Records.

They have also provided recordings for various compilation LPs, most notably THE CLASH Tribute LP The Never Ending Story (Released Emotions 1992- who also signed the band for a two album and single deal) and Link Record's Underground Rockers (1991).

RED LETTER DAY are featured in the 1997 video film 20 Framed Beats. The band are seen in live performance and the video of the classic single Rain is included in full. The film is a spin off from the successful book 20 Missed Beats in which the band are extensively featured as they are on the accompanying album.

RED LETTER DAY are featured in the current edition of the industry standard book The Virgin Encyclopaedia of Indie & New Wave and the Great Alternative & Indie Discography.

Live reviews:

I finally got to see an amazing band from the Portsmouth area- Red Letter Day. Suffice to say, voxman Ade and his powerful band managed to inject a spark of life into the usually lethargic early punters at the Underworld. Pulped. The band come on like a crack SAS unit; tight, focused and unstoppable! Venue.

Discography.

Albums:
Soft Lights and Loud Guitars. 1987. "Split" album with The Sect.
More Songs About Love and War. 1991.
Nothing At This Moment In Time. 1994.

Lethal. 1998. Singles and EPs:
Wherever You May Run. 1985.
Released Emotions EP. 1986.
Take Me In Your Arms. 1987.
Last Night. 1989.
Stop The World. 1992.
Insomnia. 1996.
Happy New Year EP. 1999.

Describe your sound and the main themes to your lyrics.

Punky with no rules or barriers. Lyrics range from personal experiences to news items.

What is the best gig Red Letter Day have ever done and who else was on the line-up?

Possibly the Portsmouth Music Festival on Southsea Common in August 1995. Also featuring Buzzcocks and Swervedriver. We went on just before the headlining Buzzcocks.

What is the best sentence you have ever heard, that someone has managed to get into a song's lyrics?

Off the top of my head "you've got the passion of an empty mansion" from Blood Runs Cold by Lords Of The New Church.

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

Can't speak for the others coz I want to get this to you ASAP but mine's probably a little known UK Subs song called War Of The Roses.

What was the last band you went to see and were they any good?

Damage Manual the band featuring Jah Wobble amongst others. Their over the top loudness detracted from the good stuff they may have been doing.

Describe punk at the beginning of the 21st century.

Healthy and fresh with loads of variety.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

Please see answer one.

Any final comments?

Please put out our address and email address for people to contact u should they wish.

www.run.to/redletterday

40 Collingwood Road, Southsea, Hants. P05 2QZ.
Tel. 023-92873252. Fax. 023-92618881


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