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In 2013, brothers Dave and Aiden McMillian, picked up their bags, and moved from rural northern New South Wales to the deep vibrant depths of Melbourne. Together with friend and bass player Andre Franco they formed Redspencer. Releasing their self-titled debut LP in 2015, the songbirds have melded together a cocktail of sounds that go down as cosmic and carefree as the summery landscapes they’re inspired by.
Raw yet dreamy, Redspencer is the sound of your hometown calling to you from the past. When you hear it, you’d do ruddy well to answer.
With festival appearances across the country, and a support slot alongside The Preatures, these three Aussie creatives have been pouring authenticity into their tracks, garnering them praise, and fandom all around the globe. An impressive achievement for anyone, let alone sibling raised in the town of Glen Innes – a place shared with only a little over 5000 other souls.
Named the 14th greatest track of 2015 by Time Out New York, Ride It Out is an acoustic daydream, with jangly Kurt Vile-esque guitar play, warm, honey like vocals and lyrics that explore the notion of finding oneself. It’s a story told well with lyrics like “Maybe it’s okay, if you don’t know the way. Maybe it’s okay if you don’t care, if it’s not too late we can celebrate, for you are lost in space, haven’t found your place“.
With harmonisation as delicate as the drumming, Redspencer provide all the contemporary Crosby, Stills, and Nash charm. This 3:40 track ignites images of rural road trips in the midst of summer – bright sun, a warm breeze, and a helplessly hopeful heart to accompany.
Happy Slow Riverbends is an upbeat, poppier counterpart of the former track. With equally as entrancing harmonies, the boys provide quick, catchy riffs, and all-round lusty instrumentation that echoes the sounds heard on John Mayer’s 03 classic, Room For Squares. With enthusiasm to boot, Redspencer are a band who slip through any solid genre foundation, and successfully place listeners in a flowing trance of positivity, and powerful imagery. They’re a trio oozing raw, tightly woven talent, and they’re on the fast train to some seriously great shit. A band to make any Aussie proud of the music this country can produce.
If you’re keen as a bean to see these gents live you can catch them when they support Sydney’s High-tails on their My Heart tour. They’ll be playing in Melbourne at The Workers Club on Thursday March 10 and Adelaide at Cats on Friday March 11. They’ll also be playing the By The Meadow festival in April!
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