In 2009, Neil moved from the country town of Bendigo and landed in the middle of this jamming trio. Redcoat’s new musical direction soon started to take shape. After only 2 months of coming together as a four- piece, Redcoats launched their new sound with a residency at The Evelyn. A few months later, Redcoats worked with Rob Long at Birdland Studios to record their first collection of songs. In 2010, Redcoats made the decision to drop everything and focus solely on their band. After deciding the best place to create their tunes was tucked away in the isolated bush, Redcoats headed off on a series of writing trips in regional Victoria.
Following some great gig experiences including Bass In The Grass (Darwin), Redcoats returned to Birdland Studios in July 2010 with some new tunes under their belt. At the same time they enlisted the talented Sam Frederick to create their first film clip for Giants. Again drawing on their talented group of friends, Superteam Productions took some band shots, Julian Hocking developed their artwork and the band launched their debut film clip at Northcote Social Club in September 2010. With growing industry awareness, Redcoats were invited to showcase at International Music Conference One Movement in Perth in October 2010. As Giants circulated across triple j and Rage, Redcoats ended 2010 with a gig at Pyramid Rock Festival and Violent Soho on NYE. Starting 2011 with a bunch of post summer ideas, Redcoats headed out for another bush trip to craft some more tunes. They again returned to Birdland Studios to begin mixing their debut EP with Lindsay Gravina. In March, Redcoats released their debut single Dreamshaker which was added to the triple j playlist.
The week after the release of their debut single, Redcoats headed out to tour nationally with legend rockers Stone Temple Pilots. They returned home to sell out their single launch show in Melbourne and began putting the finishing touches on their debut EP. Their debut EP was released in July, 2011 as they headed out on the road for another national tour with Papa vs Pretty. Their second single, Kaytrucker, was also added to the triple j playlist. With their love of playing shows anywhere, anytime, Redcoats headed out on the road again for national tours with Calling all Cars and Grinspoon. In November, they pre sold out their EP launch show at Northcote Social Club. As the year closed, Redcoats were announced as one of triple j’s Next Crop artists.
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