Tasman Keith has taken a fascinating sonic left turn on his new single, “TOO MANY REDS”.
The track was written by his father, Will, all the way back in the ’90s, with father and son revisiting it in January.
“‘The song speaks on redneck Australia and the experience of living amongst the as Gumbaynggirr men,” Keith explains. “Using metaphorical characters and a punk sound to help deliver the message.”
According to the artist, his new single “embodies the feeling of generational frustration.”
“TOO MANY REDS” is Keith’s father’s first official release in over 15 years and his first collaboration with his son, so it’s understandable that Keith hails it as “an important moment.”
Before Keith started making a name for himself in Australian music, his father was known as Wire MC, a prominent innovator in the early ’00s Aussie hip hop scene. It was Will who introduced his son to the world of music at an early age, sparking Keith’s future passion for music and performance.
Keith spoke about the impact his father had on him in a Rolling Stone AU/NZ interview earlier this year. “My father is somebody I take a lot of advice from. And growing up, the main things he said that always stuck with me were to make sure that I’m educated and that I can read very well, to never show people my full hand, and to always keep people guessing,” he said.
“He also told me never to point the finger, to just speak on my experience, and just see if people can relate to that lens.”
After closing out 2023 with one of his biggest collaborations of his career so far, Keith already has a lot planned for 2024. In April, he’ll take to the road to support Holy Holy on their national album tour, stopping in Adelaide, Perth, Launceston, Hobart, Sydney, Brisbane, Kingscliff, Melbourne, and Torquay.
Tasman Keith & Will Grilla’s “TOO MANY REDS” is out now via AWAL.