The MusicNerd Q&A With Redd Kross

Photo by Jon Krop
Photo by Jon Krop

After a 15-year absence from making new music, California’s kings of power pop Redd Kross returned with a vengeance last year with their album Researching The Blues. The group crams in 10 songs in just over 30 minutes and arguably delivers one of the strongest releases of their career.

Redd Kross perform in Montreal and Toronto in early April. Here Magazine had the chance to catch up with the band’s Jeff McDonald last month:

You guys made Researching The Blues in a little different fashion than your other albums. Tell me a bit about that.

What made this record different was that we had started the record and then became busy with other things in life. We actually put it down for a couple of years before we had picked it back up.

Do you feel that the time away from the record served it well in the end?

Definitely. When we came back to it after that time off, you kind of forget all the little things that were bothering you about it. We were able to step back and be more objective than had we completed the record all at once. The on and off approach to the record drove me a little insane to have these loose ends. I don’t know if we will do another record in the same way but for where we were at, it worked really well this time.

Now for some nostalgia…I missed out on the chance to see you play Moncton in 1993 with Eric’s Trip because I wasn’t of legal age to get in.

We played a couple of shows in Eastern Canada with Eric’s Trip. It was so much fun and so great to be on the same landmass as home but so far away at the same time. We were closer to London, England than we were our house! Touring is such a fun way to see the world.

Surely you won’t be making fans wait 15 years for another studio record, will you?

We’re actually already talking about going back into the studio. If you think back to The Beatles, they were on tour and making two records a year where for us, there has always been years between records. I think it would be cool to release records every 18 months or so. That’s a goal. We’ll see what happens.

Article published in the March 28, 2013 edition of Here Magazine

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