Having moved from Australia to Japan in search of something else, guitarist/singer Luke Cuerden was inspired to create something out of the clash of neon and old tradition in Tokyo and the other parts of the country his travels took him to. It felt less lame than writing a diary, so instead, he wrote songs. Having written mostly for other people to sing previously, and playing in a multitude of other people’s bands it was drummer Armin Takeshi Linzbechler’s idea that Luke should front his own band. The first manifestation of Red Dragon Blues was born with Armin on drums and a close musical cohort of his and Yokohama local Takeshi …… on bass.
The rest is history? Nope. It’s just the beginning. Moving back to Australia Luke enlisted his old friend and touring buddy from Koritni; drummer Chris Brown and put down the drum tracks for Red Dragon Blues 1. The band has a large, extended family from far and wide; Australia, Japan and America.
Difficult to categorise, and with a penchant for genre-hopping, RDB might be described as blues infused alt rock maybe? Somewhere between The Black Crowes, QOTSA, G&R and the blues. With a dash of burlesque? Make your own decisions.