The Rechords are a little trio out of Melbourne who have been making themselves known for their brand of Americana. Making their debut Gympie performance at this year’s Gympie Music Muster the lads saddle up between shows and head to the Rails in Byron for a Friday gig.
Tell me how you guys first got together?
It was one of those situations where fate took over. Back in early 2009 here in Melbourne, I was introduced to Leo Francis by a fellow musician, and within a few short weeks after that I ran into a friend, Felix, an amazing guitarist whom I had met several times through the rockabilly band scene. Felix was originally based in Perth but had moved to Melbourne recently and only had one other musical project going, so after chatting to both of them about what I was hoping to put together band-wise, I was surprised to find out that all three of us had some very similar ideas of what we wanted play.
What is the essence of a good show for you guys?
Without a doubt, great feedback from the crowd… if the crowd is into it and that vibe is there then we all feed off that. Oh, that and really good foldback from the PA.
It’s more than just country, it’s roots music in general. But it’s old country, not your Alan Jackson kind of country, but your dirty hillbilly, bluegrass, old-timey kinda country mixed with a heavy dose of folk. I guess it’s just a progression, the next thing to capture the attention of music lovers. We’ve moved on from the grunge thing of the 90s and since then it’s just been a bit of a mixed bag of pop/R&B and reality-TV music wannabes. It’s just been brewing. I guess it’s just getting in touch with the past and its gritty hard-life attitude perhaps? All we know is it works for us and has helped expose what we do to a whole new crowd that feel they can relate to our music.
Is it hard to be a cowboy in the city? What are the challenges you face?
Hahahaha! Certainly wouldn’t call ourselves ‘cowboys’. We dig the music; we’ve developed a liking to the vintage western threads but that’s as far as our ‘cowboy-ness’ goes. But when it comes to our music, it doesn’t seem to matter if we play in the city or regional venues, we tend to get the same reaction – smiles and a general appreciation for the performance the band puts in for every show. As for challenges, none that are genre specific, just the usual aiming for acceptance from a wider audience. Oh, maybe constantly trying to locate awesome vintage western gear in the city!
Who are your musical heroes?
Always hard to answer this; we have way too many and among the three of us it’s extremely varied. But there are a few common ones who are within the roots/country vibe, everything from your Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins, George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, Buck Owens through to modern performers like Justin Townes Earl, the Reigning Sound, Wayne Hancock, JD McPherson, Bellfuries… but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We could also dive into other genres that are a big influence – 60s garage, early R&B / blues, doowop, rockabilly, etc.
What song do you most enjoy playing at the moment?
Mostly the new songs we’ve just written as a band; there are quite a few new originals that are taking great shape. Personally I’m digging the tracks we’re working out some good harmonies to, because when we nail it, you just get this huge buzz when it all falls together. One of these has to be our new upcoming single Have You Seen My Baby Tonight because it hits you straightaway with this big three-part harmony and that’s a hook that continues through the chorus; it just comes across quite powerfully.
Tell me about the lineup?
We keep it simple. Felix on lead guitar, Leo on acoustic guitar and myself (Tyron) on double bass, but then add all three vocals with Felix and Leo sharing most of the lead work and you start to get a pretty full sound for a drummer-less trio. We had experimented with using a drummer on our most recent EP, titled It Won’t Be Long, just on advice from the producer we had used at the time, and although we are all proud of how that recording session turned out, we are now focused on returning to a more truthful and accurate representation of the band by stripping it back again to our standard lineup sans drums.
What should we expect from your show at the Rails?
A bloody good time. If you don’t walk away from our show with a smile on your face and your toes-a-tappin’ then we’re not doing our job. Our music is meant to make you feel good, simple as that.