Red Red Eyes are the Cambridgeshire-based duo of Laura McMahon and Xavier Watkins. Their sound is one of cinematic drones and intricate twanging guitars, as if Enio Morricone teamed up with Broadcast to write the soundtrack for the best post-apocalyptic film you’ll ever see. The band are set to release their debut album Horology in May, a record where soft, almost hushed vocals are accompanied by intricate, delicate guitars and waves of dark, melancholic synths.
Catch the band live in London this weekend when Red Red Eyes play at our upcoming All-Dayer this Saturday at The Victoria in Dalston.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are Red Red Eyes?
We’re a guitar/synth/vocals duo trying to condense the ephemeral essence of cinematic dreams into songs. We’re fascinated by cinematic time and memory, and these things often creep into our songs…
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
Think it was supporting Lanterns on the Lake in Cambridge, both of us were bricking it because we had a completely different setup than usual (we both play/played in other bands) but it went really well, although we were too worried to enjoy it at the time.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
Can’t draw, and pottery is messy.
FTR: What can people expect from the Red Red Eyes live show?
Lots of songs about time…and the way a new wristwatch might take over your life. Which is one of the reasons why our album is called Horology.
FTR: What’s next for Red Red Eyes?
We’re releasing our debut album on May 18th on WIAIWYA and are playing a couple of shows, May 5th at the Scared to Dance/ For the Rabbits all-dayer at the London Victoria, and the album launch at the Lexington on May 15th with The Leaf Library and The Great Electric.
They Listen To…
CAN – Vitamin C
Damon – Song Of A Gypsy
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Melody
Van der Graaf Generator – Refugees
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You