Local rock/blues band Jeramiah Red will be performing at the next Long Beach showcase at the Hotel Maya on Thursday, July 22nd. Be sure to RSVP to hear their tunes live. They talk to RAW about their music.
How did Jeramiah Red first form?
A few of us met at work and then after a few beers and finding out that everyone played a different instrument, or knew of someone who did, we all got together and started jamming.
How would you describe your sound?
A collection of Rock and Roll and Blues and Blues and Rock and Roll
From where do you draw inspiration for your music?
Led Zeppelin, The Stones, The Black Crowes/Keys, any Jack White project and Creed.
Do you engage in, or draw inspiration from, any other forms of art ?
Yeah, a movie’s story line may inspire us, the female body or maybe even a neat painting done by Travis Ruiz.
What do you love most about what you do?
It's fun and we are always in good company while we do it.
From start to finish, explain your songwriting process; what does a typical music-making day look like for you?
Well, Ian will sit alone in his girlfriend’s apartment for a few days and write a few licks. We'll set up a band practice at 4pm and then no one shows up till about 7. After the last of the 5 stragglers show up we head right back out to the liquor store for some liquor of course. Everyone makes their choice and we go back to the house to set up our gear. Once Matt finishes texting, he sits on his throne and things kind of just start falling into place. Ian shows us what he wrote on his fancy Guitar, Matt will step in with some thunderous Drums, Tim uses his lanky fingers to slap some Bass, Wes will throw in some test vocals and melodies until something has enough soul to stick, and finally Travis adds in a little Percussions and Harmonica to give it some extra flavor. It is usually very organic and a song can come from a fun little jam session with everyone playing on a different instruments or can pop into someone's head in the middle of the night.
What sort of musical styles do you most like working with?
We try and stick mostly to Blues and Rock and stay away from whatever is on the radio.
Are there any musicians, past or present, that strongly inform and influence your work?
Robert Plant, Chris Robinson, Jack White, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Dan Auerbach, John Bonham, Eric Friedman, Tim Miller, Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger
Favorite album of all time?
Led Zeppelin II
Are there any specific reoccurring themes that you explore most in your music?
Yeah, relations with women and escaping inner demons having to do with women. I think that pretty much sums it up for now.
When not making music, anything you enjoy doing?
We like to watch and play hockey and were always together whether it be in someone's backyard or sneaking a few drinks in a parking lot before a show.
Any previous albums/shows/collaborations that you are most proud of?
We are currently working on our new album with Eric Friedman producing it, so that’s a double whammy, album/collaboration. Boom.
Any current rising stars within music that you would recommend we look out for?
Jeramiah Red, The Black Keys, Suns of Jimi and Eric Friedman