Red Riders

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Red Riders
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Background information
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Indie rock
Alternative rock
Years active 2003 – 2011
Labels Reverberation
Ivy League Records
Associated acts The Vines, Straight Arrows, Palms
Website Official site
Past members Matt Chapman
Alexander Grigg
Tom Wallace
Adrian Deutsch
Brad Heald

Red Riders were an indie rock band from Sydney, Australia. After releasing two EPs and a single, the band released their debut album, Replica Replica in October 2006. The band announced that they would be splitting up via their Facebook page on 5 April, 2011.


Alexander Grigg and Adrian Deutsch first met at a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club gig in 2002. After discovering a common interest in music, and developing a number of songs, Deutsch asked childhood friend Mathew Chapman - who was then residing in New Zealand - to join and play bass, despite being a guitarist who had never played bass before. Chapman would later meet drummer Tom Wallace on a flight to Australia.

The band would play their first show at a backyard party in 2003, before plying their trade across the network of pubs and small venues of Sydney. They picked up support slots in early 2004 with The Sleepy Jackson and Jet. The band were then asked to be the national opening act for Franz Ferdinand's sold out Australian tour, before releasing their debut self-titled EP. The lead track, Tune In/Tune Out, would gain regular air play on JJJ, FBi, ZzZ, RAR and other community radio networks.

After signing with the Sydney-based label Ivy League, the band would release their second EP, The Plan A, in October 2005, and would embark on a national tour with Faker, taking them to larger stages and introducing them to new audiences.

After playing on what band members described as 'the dream Big Day Out line up' in 2006 with The Stooges, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, Kings Of Leon and The Magic Numbers, the band would spend part of 2006 recording in Byron Bay, and would only be seen sporadically, including headlining the local stage at the Sydney June long weekend festival Come Together.

The band released their debut album Replica Replica in October 2006. Containing ten songs, Alex and Adrian would both sing five songs apiece.

The band would then embark on their biggest national tour to date, supporting The Living End. The tour would take the Red Riders extensively across Australia, before seeing them close the year with a set headlining the Hopetoun Stage at the Homebake festival. Despite being billed to play at the same time as the returning Silverchair, who were playing their first full set in 4 years, the Red Riders still managed to pull a large audience to their set.

The album received extensive air play on national youth radio station Triple J while the first single 'Slide In Next To Me' was voted in at number 96 in the 2006 Hottest 100.

2007 would see the band play the Big Day Out again, along with a national tour with Dappled Cities, and also begin planning for a new album, which would eventually become Drown In Colour.

In January 2008, Adrian Deutsch announced via his Myspace page he was leaving the band to concentrate on his solo career. His last show was at the Ivy League tenth anniversary concert, where the Red Riders would play alongside other Ivy League acts such as The Vines, Youth Group and The Mess Hall. He has since been replaced by The Vines bassist Brad Heald.

The band (minus Adrian) would play a show in February 2008 with a temporary guitarist, at Sydney's famous Annandale Hotel, where they would preview new material, before decamping to write new material for a forthcoming record.

During this hiatus, Alexander has been playing guitar with the "early moments of the The Jesus And Mary Chain meets 60's primal garage punk" band, Straight Arrows, whose gigs, often in warehouses in Marrickville and Newtown, have occasionally been interrupted by the authorities.

The band supported Franz Ferdinand once again, this time on their January 2009 Australian tour.

On 9 April 'You've Got A Lotta Nerve', which is to be the first single off their forthcoming album, was released on MySpace. Most recently, Red Riders have released their second album, "Drown in Colour" to critical acclaim. The album title was supposedly taken from a song that the band decided not to include in the final track-listing. Select independent record stores around Australia have also been issued with limited edition Red Riders demo tapes, commissioned by their label Ivy League Records.

They Supported Perth band Little Birdy on their national album tour in September 2010

In accordance with the album's release, two new music videos for the songs "Ordinary" and "You've Got a Lotta Nerve" are now available and have received air play by numerous music television programs. With the final single from the album being "Feels Like Grace", no music video was created for the release

Recent events[edit]

After completing the Drown in Colour Tour in early 2010, the band took a short time off, with Brad Heald rejoining The Vines for numerous shows.

As of July 2010, the band has completed demos for their third studio album, with a single out in the later half of 2010. Red Riders posted this message on their website on 18 June 2010.

"Red Riders are currently being little demo bugs and demoing new tracks for the 3rd album! If we could transport you some of the songs with our mind to your ears we would, but then there would be no surprise would there?"


  • Alexander Grigg - vocals, guitar (2003–2011)
  • Mathew Chapman - bass guitar (2003-2011)
  • Thomas Wallace - drums (2003–2011)
  • Adrian Deutsch - guitar, vocals (2003–2008, 2011)
  • Brad Heald - guitar (2008–2011)



National Tours[edit]

  • Slide In Next To Me National Tour - October 2006
  • Replica Replica National Tour - February/March 2007
  • Break Your Necks National Tour w/ Dappled Cities Fly - June 2007
  • You've Got A lot Of Nerve Tour- October–November 2008
  • Drown In Colour Tour- August–September 2009




  • Red Riders EP (1 August 2004)
  • The Plan A EP (26 September 2005)
  • "Slide in Next to Me" single and 7" vinyl (21 October 2006)
  • "November Rain" 7" vinyl single (collaboration with Dappled Cities, June 2007)

External links[edit]

Official sites[edit]