Interview with Quinton Lucion (Guitars)
Interview by Jack Merry
Hey, and thank you so much for your time. Please state your name and position in the band!
My name is Quinton Lucion and I play guitar in Red Method!
Your debut album “For The Sick” was released in February 2020 is an excellent blast of industrial metal full of blistering rhythms and razor-sharp guitar riffs. Almost one year later, you have released an electronica-influenced reworking of those songs. What inspired this revamp of the album?
Jeremy (Vocals) and Alex (Keyboards – Electronics) have made no secret about their industrial influences and in somewhat of a throwback scenario, we wanted to bring out those influences to showcase what we can do as a band. I remember in the early stages of this, Alex had played us the ReWork of Cycle of Violence and we all dug it and it grew from there. It felt right to release this now considering what’s happening in the world.
Where did the band name Red Method originate from?
There are many ways to look at this. We were a new band and needed a name that people could get into. I remember Jeremy talking us through the ancient process of bloodletting. Red Method seemed to fit that and we thought it sounded cool.
When did you first start getting into music and know you wanted to join a band?
Music has been a part of my life since I can remember. My mum is a singer and as a kid, I used to sit in on her rehearsals with her band and the same thing with my older brother too. Watching Metallica – Fade to Black – Seattle 1989 as a 10-year-old was what made me want to be in a band as a guitar player.
Can you tell me a little bit about how the writing and recording process began for both the original debut album and the ReWorks version?
I guess the writing for For The Sick – stems back from after Meta-Stasis (former outfit) were done touring for The Paradox of Metanoia and Jeremy would do his usual of writing fully fleshed-out song ideas. These would then get finessed with the band as time went on and before you knew it – For The Sick was born. Scott Atkins (Amon Amarth, Cradle of Filth, Sylosis) produced the record and helped us to bring out our ideas in the studio and it was a cathartic experience, to say the least.
With the ReWorks – work for that had actually started while we were beginning to release singles to For The Sick. Alex had presented us with his alternative twists of Cycle of Violence and as time grew on it made sense to release this side of us. Between Alex and Jeremy, they were really able to build a vision that set the tone for the record.
You wrote a new track for this album entitled “Slaves To The New World Disorder.” Can you tell me about how the track took shape and what influenced its creation?
We knew that we would need to build a song that sounded similar to what we had done previously with heavy guitars, drums, bass, and vocals in a traditional sense. Jeremy had presented the structure of the song to me and we basically just wrote it very quickly. Lyrically the song is about the world as it is now -that in a pandemic that affects we have a government that is continually able to line their pockets of greed and establish an even greater divide between the rich and poor.
Is there a running theme or concept throughout the album, or if not, would you consider a concept album in the future?
For The Sick’s concepts are centered around mental health, loss, anger, rage, and things that have affected us personally. Those concepts from a lyrical standpoint were naturally carried over into the ReWorks album. Could we consider a concept album in the future? Like an Operation: Mindcrime? You’ll just have to stick around for the ride and see what we do.
What was it like working with Mikee Goodman (Sikth) and Jason Mendonca (Akercocke) on “For The Sick”? How did these collaborations come about?
Mikee and Jason are long-time friends of the band and the collaborations came around very naturally. We needed that melancholic singing that only Jason could provide on The Narcissists Prayer and the maniacal signature lines of Mikee threw down on The Absent. Maybe when this pandemic is over you may see this happen live.
How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
As music that encapsulates every emotion you could feel.
What has been your favourite gig to date and why? Once the pandemic is over and live shows return fully, where are you looking forward to playing most?
Favourite show has had to be when we had the main support slot to Phil Anselmo and The Illegals in London. That was an insane day. The show I’m looking forward to playing most is Download Festival 2022 as we headline the takeover stage!
Which brand of equipment do you like to use when performing (either live or in the studio)?
Solar Guitars for me, Line 6 Wireless, Hawk Picks, and EVH 5150 III profiles into my kemper, and that’s all I really need.
Do you have a favourite track from the new album, and if so, why? What makes it stand out for you?
For me, it’s the ReWork of Adriel. Reminds me of something A Perfect Circle or Puscifier would do.
Where do you draw your influences from when it comes to producing new music/lyrics? Could you list me some bands that particularly inspire the sound of Red Method and why?
We have a vast range of influences from Slipknot to Gojira to Prodigy and even to Aphex Twin.
What is the metal music scene like in your hometown? Any new bands that have caught your attention?
In our home town of London, there are some killer bands but in the UK, on the whole, you got some amazing acts like Kinasis, Krysthla, Dishonour The Crown to name a few that are absolutely crushing metal in the UK at this time.
Do you think image is important when being in a band?
It really depends. At the end of the day, even Metallica and Lamb of God have an image. For us, our image just shows who we are as an extension of our personalities.
What is it like touring? Do you all get on all of the time? Or do you have times you need space from each other?
Haha, touring has its moments where you have the ultimate highs from the show, yet it can be tiring and grueling. Imagine you are confined in a small space for hours at a time with 5 other dudes – it does take its toll. But no matter what we are like brothers. I’d fight anyone who crossed my brothers – even though I’m the smallest person in the band.
Any bands you would like to go out on tour with? Who would be your ideal tourmates?
Anyone and everyone that will have us. Obviously, you have the huge acts but honestly, we just love being out there and doing what we do.
Is the music industry how you thought it would be when first starting a band?
It is pretty much how I thought it would be. Human nature tends to change when money is involved in any creative aspect. There are fewer avenues to make revenue and now it is even more important to make your brand stand out in this day and age.
What genres of music do you like to listen to personally?
Anything and everything man. If it has a good melody I’m all in. I play metal but I personally give everything a chance.
You’re stranded on a desert island with only 3 records and a record player. Which 3 albums would you want with you?
Master of Puppets – Metallica
Vulgar Display of Power – Pantera
Lateralus – Tool
What advice would you give someone wanting to start a band, and were you given any advice from other bands before starting out?
To be authentic and to do it because you truly love music. We once worked a video where all 6 of us were buried alive. No joke. If you’re willing to put yourself through that for your music – you can do it! The advice – and I’m not sure it’s advice – I got was from John Campbell of Lamb of God- and it was are you sure you want to do this?
What do you like to do outside of music? Any hobbies? Have you watched any great TV lately on streaming services etc?
For me – it’s hard to say music is just a hobby haha! As soon as my job ends – that’s what I do until I go to sleep (and even during work to be honest). I don’t really watch much TV because my brain is focused on music.
What are your plans for the rest of the year? Even with Covid, are you looking to get some live shows booked up? Maybe start on some new music?
Oh yeah – definitely. We are in the middle of writing album number 2 and we’re in the process of booking shows. We’ll see you when we are out there.
Thank you for your time, is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?
Yeah man – stay safe and be good to one another. You can check us out here: www.redmethodofficial.com