Artist of the day: The Redliners
Tampa trio The Redliners, whose name references both hockey and car mechanics, officially formed in 2005 and features Brian Breseman on bass and vocals, Justin Little on guitar and vocals and Chris Yack on drums. Their punk and rockabilly influences include Dion and the Belmonts, Buddy Holly, Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid.
“Take traditional rock ’n’ roll and add a little ass to it,” Little said. “If the Ramones were Chuck Berry’s backup band — that’s what we sound like.”
You can check out the Redliners on Thursday when they play alongside No Loves at the Hub in downtown Tampa. After the jump, get Julie Garisto's full profile of the band...
Greasers on ice: Tampa trio the Redliners, whose name references both hockey and car mechanics, officially formed in 2005 and features Brian Breseman on bass and vocals, Justin Little on guitar and vocals and Chris Yack on drums. They answered questions for tbt* over some beers and pizza recently at New World Brewery in Ybor City.
How they describe themselves: “Take traditional rock ’n’ roll and add a little ass to it,” Little said. “If the Ramones were Chuck Berry’s backup band — that’s what we sound like.”
Other influences: Dion and the Belmonts, Buddy Holly, Social Distortion, Dropkick Murphys and Rancid. They cover Shout, Shout, Knock Yourself Out by Ernie Maresca, who penned hits for Dion such as Runaway.
Friends from way back: Breseman and Little have been pals and for 10 years and met in college in Greenville, N.C. They moved to Tampa when Breseman landed a public relations job for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Though they started playing live gigs together as the Redliners in 2005, several names came before.
Names that came before? “Can I plead the fifth?” Breseman joked. He and Little admitted they were once called the Tone Arm Cobras, a nod to radio DJ Radar playing records on the TV show M*A*S*H. That name got canned when they were repeatedly asked if they were bragging about their “toned arms.”
Newest member, old friends: Yack has known the guys for a few years and plays with Little in the Dead Popes. He blended in right away when he joined a year ago. “Chris brings urgency,” Little said. “He naturally brings it up and makes it a little better.”
Favorite venue: “We always said that the Emerald would be the first and last place we’ll ever play,” Breseman said.
Hometown musings: “Greenville wasn’t big enough to be stratified,” Little said, waxing nostalgic about the all-inclusive scene they came up from. One regular was the bluegrass-tinged Avett Brothers, who in their younger hardcore punk days performed at keg parties that Breseman and Little attended in college. Also, Breseman roomed with Valient Thorr bass player Nite Wolf.
Big daddies: Both Little and Yack have 2 1/2-year-old sons — Bryce Little and Evan Yack. All three are married. “Our wives all hang out together,” Little said.
New CD: Get Up, Get Out, Get Down due out this summer. “Our writing has grown up,” Bresseman said, emphasizing that their previous releases, When It Rocks, It Rolls (2007) and The Mud, the Blood and the Beer (2005) comprised older tunes written when the guys were still in their youth. “The new record will be our strongest,” Breseman said. “It’s going to be the best of both worlds — intelligent and catchy. Also, my wife will be playing Hammond B-3 organ on some of the tracks.”
Good chemistry: Breseman emphasized that the guys’ tight-knit friendship makes playing in the band enjoyable and makes the band better. “When it comes to road B.S., we can take it like friends, laugh hard, laugh at ourselves.”
Hear them: Thursday night (4/29) with No Loves at the Hub in downtown Tampa. Free.
-- Julie Garisto, tbt*. Photo by Reid Stains.