MY LOCKDOWN: Redwood (Jamie Richards)

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During these unprecedented times, lockdown has meant that we are spending most of our time inside with only ourselves, or our very closest, for company. As it looks like the world won’t be returning to normality for the foreseeable future, we thought we would find out how our favourite bands are handling things, what they’re getting up to, and tips and advice they could share.

Alternative rockers Redwood take influence from everything from emo to post-rock with fragile melodies and powerful choruses filled with inspiring and mesmerising lyrics. The band’s debut album ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’ sees Redwood push the lines of their genre with an indie soaked shoe-gaze soundscape that dabbles in math-rock hooks and eccentricity.

We caught up with lead guitarist Jamie Richards to talk about his experiences during the national lockdowns.

DP!: How are you managing lockdown?
Jamie: As best as anyone can to be honest… Staying safe, making sure I’m sanitised, making sure all my friends are okay… You know, the standard.

DP!: Are you on lockdown on your own, or are you with friends or family?
Jamie: During the first lockdown, I was with my Mum but now I’m going into Lockdown 2: Electric Boogaloo on my own. (I moved into my own place, she’s fine… In case anyone was wondering).

DP!: How do you personally feel the government is handling it so far?
Jamie: Pretty loaded question Dead Press… My thoughts are, it should have been handled far sooner than it was and now our industry and the rest of the arts are suffering for it. Am I fuck, going to re-train to be in cyber. Shove your rancid propaganda up your arse. That’s how I feel.

DP!: What have you been doing to keep yourself entertained?
Jamie: I might have bought myself some new computer components and built a stronger gaming PC… Might have… But keeping in touch with pals genuinely makes me happy and keeps me sane, so I’ve been thankful for social media for once.

DP!: Have you been using the time to write and/or record any new music?
Jamie: You bet your bottom dollar I have. I’m pretty sure I’ve got four or five potential Redwood tracks brewing… Not to mention the dozens of my own personal project (Candour) stuff in the pipeline. It’s safe to say we’ve all been pretty hot on this since the first day of lockdown. We’ve all got decent bedroom studio setups so we can dash out demos pretty quickly!

DP!: Has the extra free time in lockdown (if any) allowed you to pursue other hobbies and interests? If so, what?
Jamie: Not a new hobby by any means, but I went back and started re-learning everything surrounding music theory. I might have lied about having a Grade V theory to get into university but now I’m regretting it and want to utilise it to make some banging avant-garde pseudo-punk jazz. Ya know? Reading books again has been great too. There’s a whole world of other worlds out there in paper format that people just don’t do anymore. I highly recommend.

DP!: Have you been working in the meantime to help you through financially?
Jamie: I got lucky and managed to pick myself up a dream job that I absolutely adore. After I was let go from my previous job in such a weird and frankly disgusting manner, I got super anxious that I’d ever get a new one during these times, but thankfully the gods saw me and took pity. So that’s been a really fantastic outcome of this shit-heap of a year.

DP!: Any tips or suggestions for others to keep themselves entertained?
Jamie: Just bite the bullet and buy a Nintendo Switch. Like what are you waiting for? You got Zelda, Pokemon, Mario… Ports of all your old favourite games from 2010… Just grow up and buy a Switch or so help me I will find you…

DP!: Any advice for people who may be struggling mentally?
Jamie: Just take it one day at a time. Everything you do is a small victory during these unprecedented times. All of us in the band have been in really tough spots mentally at some stage and it really helps to just talk it through with someone. There’s nothing worse than fighting a battle with yourself, by yourself. Reach out to your friends. Don’t be scared to ask for help. It doesn’t make you look weak. If anything, it makes you look hella strong for being the one to realise that you need help to begin with. Everyone is here for you. It’ll soon be over.

There is support available online through Music Minds Matter, Mind, Calm and Samaritans.

DP!: Final words?

Rosewood‘s debut full-length album ‘Beside A Shallow Sun’ is out now.

You can order the album from the band’s official BigCartel (here).

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.