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Redline Newsletter Interview

10 Feb 2008 // An interview by Shade
Seven years ago Chris Yong was lead guitar for Tadpole, playing tracks from their double platinum debut album 'Buddhafinger' to large audiences across Australasia and supporting the likes of Killing Heidi, Living End, Placebo, Live, Sugar Ray and Regurgitator.

He left the band in 2003 and discussed the possibility of starting his own band with brother and drummer, Richard. "We had a jam together and it just felt good," says Chris. The pair officially formed Redline six months later, with Chris stepping into the frontman role as vocalist.

Once joined by guitarist Craig Broadbridge and bassist Nick Gregory, the band was ready to develop a distinctive brand of rock metal that "forces itself out of its comfort zone, pushes its own limits," says Chris of the distorted guitars, loud drums and heavy bass. Success came quickly for the band, who have already opened for Evanescence and Disturbed, played at the inaugural Metal Day Out Festival, as well as supporting Blindspott and The Bleeders. Their video for 'Time After Time' was also nominated for best independent music video at the 2005 Juice TV Music Awards.

Their eagerly awaited self-funded record, 'Trapped Inside', Redline establishes itself as one of New Zealand’s most progressive rock metal bands. It was produced and engineered by Paul Matthews, (Blindspott, Stylus, OpShop); mixed by Kenny MacDonald (former producer for Texas and The Proclaimers) and mastered by well known alternative Swedish producer Pelle Henricsson (Poison The Well, Refused) at Tonteknik Recordings.

Blending unique and furious riffs with expressive, melodic songwriting means a track-listing that’s aggressive, hook filled and exciting.
'Trapped Inside' by Redline will be released nationwide in early 2008.

Muzic.net.nz asked Chris some questions about Redline:

What is the best gig/event you have ever performed at, and why?

I think one of our favourite/best gigs we ever performed at was in Christchurch supporting Disturbed at the Town Hall in 2006. We were all so amped up and stoked to be playing that show, we gave 200% of ourselves when we performed and the Christchurch crowd response was unbelievable!

What is your favourite NZ venue?

I like the Powerstation in Auckland. I have seen so many great gigs there as well as performed there myself, it has so much tremendous history!

What can we expect to see from Redline over the next year?

You can expect to see us release 'Trapped Inside' into stores around March, then do what we do best and that's get out there and play live. We're also looking into some overseas opportunities.

What other NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

There is certainly no shortage of great musicians in NZ! What I would like to see is the industry open up and give some much needed exposure to more of our local artists. As a music tv presenter on Alt TV with RockzillaTV.com, I try and do what I can when I can but its just frustrating to see the more mainstream traditional media so set in their ways.

If you could, what rumour would you start about yourselves?

Redline got kicked off the Blindspott farewell tour last year because we out-drank and out-performed their pussy asses!

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Form a band with other motivated individuals! Keep that belief in yourself and never, ever, give up or give in. You want to be the thorn in everyone's side rather than a quick stab in the dark!

Redline is Chris Yong (vocals, guitar), Craig Broadbridge (guitar), Nick Gregory (bass) and Richard Yong (drums).

About Redline

Seven years ago Chris Yong was lead guitar for Tadpole, playing tracks from their double platinum debut album 'Buddhafinger' to large audiences across Australasia and supporting the likes of Killing Heidi, Living End, Placebo, Live and Sugar Ray and Regurgitator.

He left the band in 2003 and discussed the possibility of starting his own band with brother and drummer, Richard. “We had a jam together and it just felt good,” says Chris.

The pair officially formed redline six months later, with Chris stepping into the frontman role as vocalist.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Redline

Releases

Trapped Inside
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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