Red Spektor Share Influences & Inspiration Ahead Of Sophomore Album Release

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Much revered psychedelic stoners RED SPEKTOR return to the fold with their mesmerizing sophomore album, Heart of the Renewed Sun, out Friday 2nd October, via Kozmik Artifactz. The fuzzy rock trio will also drop a new single, Long Way Down, on Friday 7th August.

Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent in 2013, heavy rock trio RED SPEKTOR has crafted a hard-hitting valve-driven sound loaded with layers of psychedelic blues, which tips its cap to the late 60s and early 70s. With an abundance of groove stemming from a potent rhythm section powered by Jonny Esp on Drums and Rob Farrell on Bass, it leaves John Scane to deliver the killer guitar tones along vocals ripped right from his soul. In taking cues from early Sabbath and Purple, underpinned by the intoxicating flow of Jimi Hendrix and the musicality of Fleetwood Mac, RED SPEKTOR has developed a formidable live reputation and an army of loyal followers.

To date, the band has successfully delivered a critically acclaimed EP and self-titled debut album, which was widely recommended by Metal Hammer, who cited the band as ‘continuing their ascension to the heights of stoner rock royalty’. A slew of successful tours and festival appearances with everyone from Ugly Kid Joe to Orange Goblin, Skindred, and Hawkwind have also amplified the threesome’s profile.

RED SPEKTOR are now ready to release their second opus, Heart of the Renewed Sun, via Kozmik Artifactz label. Staying true to their roots by recording reel-to-reel, the band’s latest offering is tighter and harder,

with psychedelic overtones and a clear songwriting focus that brings social commentary and further musical experimentation to the table. Armed with their strongest material to date, the burly rockers are primed to leave their mark.


RED SPEKTOR are back with a brand new sophomore album, Heart of the Renewed Sun, out Friday 2nd October, via Kozmik Artifactz. The fuzzy rock trio take from everyone from Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix, to Fleetwood Mac. With this in mind, we exclusively asked the threesome for their favourite tracks:

John Scane (Guitar and Vocals):

Taste – What’s Going On

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival / 1970

Rory is a huge influence on me. His demeanour, approach and the love and feel he projects through his playing is magical.
‘What’s Going On’, filmed live at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 is just one example of his many skills in shaping tone via his Stratocaster’s tone pots and manipulating feedback using his positioning towards the amplifier. All the while simultaneously creating light, shade, and tempo.

Pink Floyd – Echoes Part 1


A masterclass in song writing, musicianship and of course filmed in the setting of an ancient Roman amphitheatre adds to the beauty of it all.

The gradual build up, vocal harmonies across a wonderful melody and of course the drumming of Nick Mason. His playing is insane! So, seeing the footage cut between him and David Gilmour’s guitar solo is mind blowing.

Jonny Esp (Drums):

The Who – Can’t Explain (Shindig)

I saw this song on the Who’s ‘the kids are alright movie’ The Who were young and at their most energetic, they looked and sounded incredible,

The drummer’s arms were everywhere, the flamboyance which accompanied the energy. It was right there watching the footage that I thought ‘I need to drum’

And that was where the journey began.

Super Furry Animals – Ice Hockey Hair (full length)

One of the bands I’m influenced by was the Super Furry Animals, their backbeat for me is solid and their drummer is so underrated.

I could pick any of a number of songs by them but I’m going with this- ‘ice hockey hair’ just for the drum break interlude in the song which works so well and it’s almost impossible not to break out the air sticks when played.

Rob Farrell (Bass):

Black Sabbath – Fairies Wear Boots

Chosen because Geezer Butler played Lakland basses, I took a punt buying one. Turns out it had a discontinued pickup and preamp that gave an amazing, distorted output when combined with an Orange head no pedals required. But that lucky find has shaped the sound of the bass ever since.

Primus – Groundhog’s Day

Primus taught me to play what I feel, not just stick to scales and rules. But to also hold your own on bass, and to always hold down the rhythm and deliver enough tone and aggression to not fade away when the guitar isn’t playing.

Groundhog’s Day has one of the best grooves, light and shade, an awesome ending, and tells a killer story.




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