This project was born out of necessity. I simply needed to make music and somehow ventured into the experimental world of synths and sampling. Conveniently enough, it's music I can produce by myself, but I don't discard collaborating with my musician friends in the future.
I started this band when I was a teenager. We went through many lineups and even changed our name once. The band achieved a decent level of success around 2006, getting played on a handful of radio stations and participating in some big events. This all culminated with the release of our self-titled debut album in 2009. Since we never actually broke up, the door's always open for a little get-together.
I still have a few boxes of CD's left. If you're interested, hit me up.
I'd always wanted to be in a band in which my sole responsibility would be to play guitar. This was that band, although I still had to step up to the mic occasionally. The sound was a big departure from anything I'd done before or since, but I loved toying with the inspiration of greats such as Blixa Bargeld, Johnny Marr, David Gilmour and The Edge. During our time together we recorded a lot and in 2015 we reunited in the studio once more. I'm hoping this will be a recurring thing.
I love bands with two singers, so I was very pleased to finally be a part of that musical dynamic. I relished the fact that I didn't have such a leading role in this band. Showing up and just playing was sort of the norm. That said, playing punk rock live has been one of the most fun experiences of my life.
The Red Ashtrays were meant to be a full-fledged band with a live lineup but we never got past the initial recording phase. My vision for the sound was something very much inspired by Classic Rock and Britpop. The results don't necessarily fit either of those descriptions, hence the cryptic genre mentioned above. All of these songs were usually recorded in one day, so I can't say my performances were always spectacular.
Recently I've been writing new songs for TRA and I'm looking forward to laying them down in the near future.