SHADER (from l-r): Darren Edwards (bass/vocals), Stu Whiston (vocals/guitar), Mike Lo Bosco (lead guitar), Isaac Salisbury (drums)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
They may only have got together last year, and have so far played just a handful of live shows, but Cheshire four-piece Shader are already gathering momentum.
Armed with a rock sound full of ample hooks, strong guitar riffs, and substantial, spirited vocals, the band work hard on producing output that can easily match their big ambitions.
The quartet’s debut single, ‘Broken Minds’, which came out in January, has already garnered much acclaim, and this summer, they will be playing Kendal Calling, alongside such respected outfits as Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Libertines.
Talking to me about all this and more was Shader’s frontman, Stu Whiston.
How did the band get together?
Myself and Darren lived about 26 seconds away from each other as kids. He’s my bro’s best mate and i caught him in my bedroom one day playing my shit bass guitar I used for demoing my songs. We started jamming ‘Aneurysm’ by Nirvana, and that was that.
Mike and I met at college, he thought he was the biggest Oasis fan and so did I. He lent me about 15 Oasis live bootleg CD’s that I didn’t even know existed, and in return, I taught him the Oasis – ‘Columbia’ guitar riff. We’ve been mates ever since.
Isaac is someone who was recommended by someone we knew. He’s a top lad and has a new jacket at every rehearsal.
How did the name Shader come about?
We have a band Whatsapp group and some god awful names were flying about. Mike replied to one suggestion with Shader, whether it was a spelling mistake, no-one knows, but it kinda stuck in our heads, so after 35 other terrible suggestions, we went with that one.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
The rawness of early live Oasis, U2, The Beatles, The Verve, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, northern groove, and loads more.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
Most of the time, they begin on an acoustic guitar. Once we get into the rehearsal room, they develop into the Shader sound naturally through the chemistry of the band.
What inspires the band lyrically?
For a song like ‘Broken Minds’, the melody sounded quite confrontational in my head, so the words just came from that place. ‘Broken Minds’ just stuck from literally pressing ‘Record’ when I demoed the backing track and singing random lines.
Speaking of ‘Broken Minds’, that was your debut single, which came out in January. Did any of you expect the overwhelmingly positive response that it has got?
We knew that, as a new band, our first track needed to sound fresh…The chorus is a bit of an earworm once you hear it. It’s probably our most laid-back song in our set, but our next single will take things up a few notches.
The band played a few gigs last year in Manchester, Sheffield, and Stoke-on-Trent. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?
It’s the real deal for us. We live for the live performance of these songs. We definitely aren’t the same four people when we get on the stage together. Audiences are responding really well to what we’re about live. I think the energy of these songs connect with people as much as the melodies or lyrics.
Our set grows and grows with each song, and by the final track, ‘Rock and Roll Show’, we have given the audience everything we’ve got.
And you’re going to be playing Kendal Calling this July, alongside the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Libertines. I can imagine that’s something you’re all very much looking forward to.
Yes, we cannot wait. There’s a good mix of new and old bands playing and it’ll be good to play to a festival-type audience. Our songs are written for these occasions and it’ll be a perfect chance to get some moshing going hopefully.
Apart from that, what have you got lined up for the rest of 2018?
We’ve just finished recording the second single with Simon Jones from The Verve at Faktory Studios in Chester. That’s gonna be released in late March, early April…We plan on playing as many gigs as we can this year…There’s quite a few new tunes on the boil, so lots of writing and recording. Just getting Shader out there.
What is the band’s long-term aim?
I think our aim would be to put out a great debut album that stands the test of time like ‘Definitely Maybe’ (Oasis), ‘The Joshua Tree’ (U2), ‘Urban Hymns’ (The Verve), and ‘Ocean Rain’ (Echo and the Bunnymen), then to play gigs everywhere and just get better and better at our craft.
‘BROKEN MINDS’, THE DEBUT SINGLE FROM SHADER, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM, DOWNLOAD & PURCHASE FROM SPOTIFY, iTunes, APPLE MUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, AMAZON MUSIC & DEEZER.
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