The Renadeans are drummer Ivan D’Eath, his brother Max on bass and backup vocals and their friend Paul Murray on guitar and lead vocals.
Fusing indie, blues and a bit of grunge, the high school friends thought it would be cool to start a band as they had the same sort of musical tastes.
They are one of five acts taking the stage of The Waterfront in Norwich on Sunday 19 May for Unsigned. We spoke to them about what they’ve learned since last playing there.
What’s it like being in a band with your brother, historically it doesn’t go well?
Max: We have our moments.
Paul: Those are my favourite moments. I sort of throw stuff in the fire (laughs).
What style of music do you play?
Max: I usually say rock.
Paul: A lot of our inspiration comes from the 1960s, but we try to take from everywhere – the 1980s, the 1970s, the psychedelics.
I can hear flashes of the Rolling Stones, a bit of Britpop, a bit of Arctic Monkeys?
Paul: One of the first songs we ever covered was an Arctic Monkeys’ song which the teacher thought would suit us. The first two albums, to this day still stand up.
Original songs, covers, both?
Paul: We have performed covers, when one of our hero artists passes away. Every now and then we’ll throw a cover in. We played the Rolling Stones’ The Last Time for their grandad. It’s mostly original stuff.
Who writes the songs?
Paul: I bring the lyrics in and we mould it all together.
Ivan: We do our own parts really. Max sorts out the bass line, I sort out the drum beat…
Paul: Sometimes even just jamming we’ll play a riff or chord progression and I’ll take that home and see what can go with that.
Where have you performed so far?
Paul: The Waterfront, Bedford Crypt, all over; the bandstand in Chapelfield Gardens, BBC Introducing at The Open.
Are you looking forward to playing The Waterfront again?
Paul: We’re excited. We haven’t played there for so long and always enjoy playing there. When we heard it was The Waterfront we thought ‘just get us there’.
Ivan: I think it’s been a year, I’m really looking forward to it.
How have you changed since playing there last?
Paul: We’ve definitely picked up little things we can do to put on more of a performance.
Max: We’ve still got some of the old songs people will remember too.
Why enter Unsigned?
Max: We thought with The Garage and all the help it’d be great to learn more and keep pushing – and any opportunity to play.
What have each of you learned during the mentoring sessions?
Max: Vocal warm-ups, harmonies… Stuff like the dynamics of a song, stripping it back; making it quieter in the verses and bringing it all forward for the choruses.
Paul: I’ve learned the ins and outs of what not to do like chew chewing gum, don’t put your lips on the mic and Millie’s been teaching me and Max warm-ups and that’s helped me a massive lot.
Ivan: Usually I go as hard as possible, perhaps too hard but Millie said bring it down for the verses, for the quieter moments. Like instead of playing the snare full just try a rim tap.
Have you had the photoshoot yet?
All three: We think it’ll be fun, trying to throw some shapes.
In the run-up to the gig, each will get private tutoring from Millie Manders, the chance to record a demo in a professional studio and have their very own photoshoot.
Millie said: “We have looked at song development, stage craft – overall performance, use of stage, mic control, breath control, vocal and instrument performance – and we have created set lists that take the acts’ audience on a journey and showcase their most engaging works.”
The Unsigned project was created to provide young musicians with the opportunity to take their music, performance and professional skills to the next level.
It gives them valuable, focused training time with experienced professional music artist Millie, who helps them improve their artistry alongside music career mentoring and marketing advice tailored especially to them.
The young musicians will be provided with video captured from their performance to help promote themselves.
Carrie Mansfield, Creative Director at The Garage, said: “We’re so pleased to have teamed up with The Norfolk Music Hub, The Young Norfolk Arts Trust and Youth Music to provide this exciting opportunity for young musicians.
“Our work is all about supporting and encouraging young people to believe in themselves and their talents – this project does just that and has been a real success. I have heard them all rehearsing in our music room with Millie over the last few months and can’t wait to see them on the stage.”