Red Dragon Blues
The debut album for the band was produced, written and engineered independently by Sydney session musician Luke Cuerden.
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 elsewhere Japan. That became the first RDB album. Having written mostly for other people previously, and playing in “everyone else’s band”, Tokyo session drummer Armin Takeshi Linzbechler suggested Luke 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 band rehearsed twice as a trio, playing half of the songs that landed on the album and a mish mash of influential covers from Zeppelin, Hendrix, Muddy Waters, The Beatles, Stray Cats to Stevie Ray Vaughan and did their first show at Jiro’s Blues Bar a few hours from Tokyo to a small crowd of locals.
Between all that, they shot the video for the first single “Bar H, Pt.1” around Tokyo and in a famous Japanese domina’s SM & Burlesque show bar in Nagoya. Just to keep things interesting.
The rest is history? Nope. It’s just the beginning. Moving back to Australia Luke enlisted an old friend from hard rock band Koritni; drummer Chris Brown and put down the drum tracks for Red Dragon Blues 1. With 2 permanent members, the band has a large, extended family from far and wide; Australia, Japan and America.