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The Jet Reds are set to play Kommunity, Newcastle on Saturday 14th July to mark the release of the indie rockers’ brand new album. Before that, we found out a little more…

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Craig Redpath and I’m the lead singer in the band The Jet Reds. I’ve been playing music since I was about 15 years old, that was when I first started learning guitar with a mate of mine at school. His Dad was a great musician and had an blue fender electric guitar which my mate taught himself on, then at school we’d bunk off to the drama studio where the acoustic guitars were and learn Oasis tunes together. We soon after started a band with another lad who starting learning bass and we had about 4/5 great years together. We played some big shows at the Metro Arena with Kasabian, Noel Gallagher and Miles Kane followed by a nationwide tour. That was all about 6 years ago now and I left that band about 5 years ago and took a bit of time away from music. The band I am in now, The Jet Reds started about 3 years ago and we recorded our first album with a producer called Mike Bennett. I’d been down Manchester for the weekend with my cousin and met Mike in a bar, we ended up getting on and talking about music and agreed to do what was supposed to be our EP together. The recording went great and we decided to go with the full album instead as we had the tunes there. The likes of Neville Staple and Diane Charlemagne came in to record with us on a couple of tracks too which was cool. The line-up at the time though had to change as to of the band moved away so we couldn’t get any momentum going with the album. I finally completed the line-up about a year ago and the album is ready for release this year.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
The first record I can remember buying was all of Oasis’s records up until Don’t Believe The Truth which was the most current they’d released at the time. I’d became hooked on them after learning their tunes on the guitar and went and ordered all 7 of their records at once. I done the same with Kasabian actually not long after once I’d seen them at The Stadium Of Light in Sunderland, I went and ordered their first 3 records the next day.

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
I’d have to say Elvis although I’m not so sure that’s a guilty pleasure, he was the first cool guy in music wasn’t he? The Rat Pack too I listened to them loads when I was like 13/14 year old. My dad got me into Elvis he had old VHS tapes of him performing and I loved him, I’d try and copy his moves and his voice, the lip curl and all of that. I remember playing King Herad in a school Christmas play in the style of Elvis, proper star of the show!

Favourite film of all time?
One Flew Of The Cuckoos nest with Jack Nicholson, I honestly can’t remember where I was the first time I seen it but I remember been almost in tears at the end when Chief launches the sink through the window and escapes. The best ending to any film in my opinion. The Green Mile would be a close second though I love that movie, still brings a grown man to tears that does.

Your guilty pleasure film?
I’m not a movie buff at all to be honest. Lord Of The Rings probably, I used to slag it off but my ex-girlfriend loved it and forced me through all 3, I actually thought they were pretty good. Oh Love Actually, that’s probably my guilty pleasure for a film. Proper chick flic isn’t it? Bill Nighy is great in it, proper reminds me of our producer!

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
It’s old now but Prison Break. I couldn’t stop watching it when it came out, loved every season. More currently though I thought Narcos was excellent, I loved 24 back in the day, any of those 3.

Your favourite book?
Either a Muhammad Ali biography which I’ve got or Russell Brand’s Revolution. The Ali biography is proper inspiring and it gets lots of people who were around him throughout the years talking about what kind of man he was, he’s someone I admire so I really enjoyed reading that. The Russell Brand book I bought after he started appearing in the public eye about politics a few year ago and he grabbed my attention. I bought into a lot of what he was saying and bought his book, it was a real eye opener and I was really in tune with his ideas and his mind, probably the most enjoyable thing I’ve read.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
Either my brother or my mate Shaun when he is hammered. My brother just has this really dry witty humour and is hilarious when he’s pissing people off! Shaun is just a different breed after he’s had too much to drink but will do absolutely anything and say absolutely anything he pleases. It’s landed him in bother a fair few times but we find him hilarious. He’s woken up on Morrison’s roof before I remember that.

Who or what makes you sad?
I don’t get sad very often at all to be fair. Negative people make me sad, always winging or putting themselves down. I’m sad if Newcastle United get beat or Sunderland win. But no I reckon 99% of the time I’m well happy!

If you had super power, what would it be?
Definitely flight. I used to have a re-occurring dream as a child where I could just take off whenever I wanted and it felt amazing, just flying about town and stuff it was incredible.

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
I’d pick Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and even though he wasn’t famous my Grandad Ronnie because I never got to me him. We’d play Frustration because it was the best board game ever made. Elvis would bring the tunes and Ali would bring the banter.

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