Q&A with Red Tape Rewind
Philadelphia-based cover band Red Tape Rewind will perform at the Cell Block, 154 W. Third St., at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The group is a five-piece, female-fronted band that plays a wide range of cover tunes from 1999 to 2009 in many different musical genres. They love to interact with the crowd and encourage dancing. They also warned the Sun-Gazette of bad jokes being told onstage during their shows.
Red Tape Rewind is Cait Murphy, lead vocals; Daryl Frida, keyboard and vocals; Chip Tassoni, lead guitar and vocals; Anthony Tassoni, bass and vocals; and Brian King, drums.
The band formed in 2009 when Anthony and Brian asked Chip to join them in a band following a few unfruitful side projects. They then found Cait on Craigslist.com that same year and added Daryl a few months ago to round out their sound.
Chip said he has played the Cell Block before, while playing with a different band and said he remembers it to be a real cool place to play.
JULIE REPPERT: What is your favorite thing about playing to a live audience?
ANTHONY TASSONI: I love the energy that a live crowd brings. I’ve been in the crowd plenty of times, but there’s something special about being onstage and providing the soundtrack to someone’s night out.
CAIT MURPHY: I love when the crowd is as into it as you are. It’s always awesome when you have a crowd from the first song all the way till the last song. No doubt being in a band is one of the greatest jobs there is. I get to go to a bar, do what I love and get paid for it. Doesn’t get better than that.
REPPERT: When you are covering a song, do you like to try to sound like the band who originally performed it or do you throw in your own twist to the song?
ANTHONY: It depends on the song. Most of the time when we get to practice we end up emulating the song. Then ideas flow out and we put our own spin on it. Some songs are just classics though and it’s fun to try your best to sound like a legend.
CAIT: Yeah, it’s really hard to sound EXACTLY like the artist sometimes. Stuff today is so over-produced. So, in those types of situations, we try and think of a different way to approach the song and make it our own since we can’t mimic it exactly. So, for example, it might be an R&B song we make into a punk version.
REPPERT: How did you come up with your band name, Red Tape Rewind?
ANTHONY: Our name is an amalgamation of an eclectic array of different theories and ideas. We wanted something sexy and edgy, but not off putting. Something that identified with music and our persona, but still light-hearted and fun. We scoured through our minds and thought of a few different ideas. Red is the color of passion … romance … vivaciousness. It is our blood … our hearts … our life. The aspect of “red tape” comes from the red tape you might find with legal documents – something you want to break through. But the “tape rewind” comes from the cassettes we grew up with and is a throwback to the music we all know and love. It is a complex idealization that we feel comes together in a fun, edgy and musical name.
CHIP: We literally picked a few words and phrases out of a hat and this was the best we could come up with.
BRIAN: What does amalgamation mean?
REPPERT: When you play private parties and weddings, do you get a lot of specific song requests? Are you able to accommodate all of the requests?
CAIT: You’d be surprised how many people request the same songs over and over and over again. “Living on a Prayer,” “Call me Maybe,” “American Girl.” So after a while you’re like “Hmmm, guess we should learn that song.” So, we try and have our bases covered. But then, of course, there’s always times when you don’t know ANY of the requests. But you just do the best you can. We try and learn songs inbetween sets if a person is really hellbent on hearing it. The song sounds like absolute trash, but the crowd loves it.
REPPERT: What is your favorite part about being in a band?
ANTHONY: I think my favorite aspect of being in a band is simply playing music with my friends. It’s also really cool to do it on stage in front of hundreds of people.
CAIT: I’ve been singing since I was little, so I feel like I”m wasting my talent if I do nothing with it. And not only do I get to sing, but I get to play some pretty cool venues and meet a lot of people.
REPPERT: You cover a wide range of musical genres, how do you decide on a song you would like to add to your list? Does the variety have to do with band members’ personal tastes?
ANTHONY: When we think of songs to play, we try to think of ones that may have been popular at a certain stage of our life, like “I remember this song was HUGE during my senior prom!” Things like that. Every now and then we get the itch to throw in some of the stuff we love to listen to but may not be “radio friendly” but still rocks!
REPPERT: What is the craziest thing that has happened while playing a show?
ANTHONY: One time we were playing and some girls came up to dance on stage. This is something we don’t mind. It started getting a little crowded with girls but we noticed a guy had come up as well. This was fine until the girls started clearing out and we noticed the guy was stripped down to his boxers and had his shirt tied around his head. From that day on, we have an unspoken rule: no shirt, no pants, no dance.
CAIT: That was ridiculous. I remember just being like WTF is going on right now? Makes for a great photo op when someone decideds to strip.
For more information about Red Tape Rewind, visit redtaperewind.com or find the band on Facebook.