Gladstone's Red in Tooth ready to embark on east coast tour

ROAD TRIP: Red in Tooth is taking its heavy-metal sounds on tour next month.
ROAD TRIP: Red in Tooth is taking its heavy-metal sounds on tour next month.

FOR three Gladstone guys who want to make a name for themselves in the heavy metal music scene, embarking on an east coast tour at the age of 20 is a pretty impressive feat.

Red in Tooth band members Marty Stuart, Jesse McKenzie and Jasper Webb have recently announced their East Coast Madness Tour, which will visit Cairns, Armidale, Canberra, Maroochydore and many more towns in between.

The band will cover 16 dates in 23 days, with Gladstone in their sights on June 27.

Pulse caught up with guitarist Jesse and singer Jasper earlier this week, ahead of the release of their first EP on June 13 and next month's tour.

The three men formed Red in Tooth in 2012 and ever since they have been jamming and writing new material in a bid to kickstart a serious career in music.

"It moved slowly (in 2012) and we didn't do much but this year we ramped it up," Jasper says.

"Jessie and I have been playing together for five years since we were in school. We've always bounced off each other."

They played at various Gladstone venues over the years, building up their presence by playing at El Grande twice and also in Mackay. They haven't had a lot of competition, though.

"The local music scene is not as strong as it used to be," Jasper says.

"I only know of two or three other bands around. There's not enough local heavy metal bands. Two years ago we had a show every two weeks at the tennis club but it died.

"Make a band with your friends. We need local bands, we are screaming for it."

Going on a tour is new to the band, who like to be referred to as a three-member progressive metal band that plays "like a five-piece band with the precision of a three piece band".

Their music is intense but Jasper says the lyrics are from the heart.

"Some of our songs are about concepts and themes," he says.

"The EP is based around the ocean and we use it as a metaphor. The EP has four songs on it and we've got other songs in the works. It's all original stuff, no covers - we don't want to waste our time with covers at a gig."

The guys say they aren't nervous about the tour, but hope they can impress some of the crowds.

"It's a big pond and we are very small fish," Jasper says.

"You've got to slog at it and we are planning on working really hard from here.

"If we walk away and two or three people are impressed then that's a show well spent.

"We are trying to do our own thing and if people like it then that will be awesome."

We've done up a business plan for the next five years with realistic goals.

Red in Tooth are not only based on a passion for music, but also a well-constructed plan mapped out by the three members.

"We've done up a business plan for the next five years with realistic goals," Jasper says.

"We've crossed a few things off.

"We are trying to do our own thing and if people like it then that will be awesome."

In the near future they want to make a full album but are happy at the moment enjoying the ride.

"We just want to tour internationally and get a good fan base, spread our seed," Jesse says.

"It's a good excuse to travel, too!"

Listen to the band here on Triple J Unearthed.


  • WHERE: Gladstone Tennis Club
  • WHEN: Friday, June 27
  • TICKETS: $10 at the door. This is an all-ages event

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