Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Faded Shades

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

Waiting on Tomorrow is a phaser laden song of disillusion in modern life inspired by Tom Pettyesque chords mixed with a splash of haim catchiness!  

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

Our first release was a whole album! A DIY project given birth to in a spare bedroom by three wannabe rockstars and music producers. It Gets Heavy was a piece of our lives that will always be cherished and we are just as proud of the songs and their story today as we were when it was written, recorded and released. It was not without its setbacks, but ultimately worth every second. 

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track:

Strangely Baby will always hold that spot as it was created when we all lacked the ability to know what a time signature was, and due to that the song is in a strange Pink Floyd style signature of which we can no longer play. Sometimes dumb luck can trump skill it seems. 

Your favourite song to play live:

What I’m On About. Its always the last song in our setlist as its a big open G banger which gets people singing and jumping! It also has a brilliant music video which is available to watch on youtube! The song has grown over years of performing it live and it is now even heavier than ever, one day we hope to release a live version of it and the studio version no longer does the magnitude of it justice. 

Your most emotional track:

Our most emotional song is probably our next single Heartache Calling! Releasing on 8th July this year! But shhh, we haven’t even announced that on our socials yet! Spoiler alert… 

The best lyric you have ever written:

Joe – Thats a hard one! I would have to say my favourite lyrics I’ve ever written are She Left Yesterday, its a song about love being hard to maintain when two people have different paths to follow in life. Be sure to check it out on Spotify with the new lyric feature!

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

Oh wow its incredible! Adrenaline, dread, excitement and pure fear all blur into one as you try to remember how to play your own instrument or remember your name. Its an odd feeling of shear suspense until the first chord belts out and you instantly become one with the other band members. Muscle memory takes over (and maybe the few beers you had beforehand) and then is the time to ease into the set and really enjoy yourself. The more electric the crowd the better you perform and the better you perform the more electric the crowd and atmosphere become, its a call and response that’s really like no other feeling. 

The hardest track to play live:

We are a great believer in playing liver versions of our tracks, we don’t get bogged down in trying to emulate the studio version, instead we cherish the animal nature in each track and hit it big with a little more crunch and venom. For this reason none of our tracks are hard to play live because we are only trying to capture the purest element of it. Its also a joy being in a three piece because you each occupy a separate plain in the mix of a song, its easier to mess up or drop out of rhythm whilst still riding the energy of the other two members, a sly look or smile and we all can slide back into the vibe.

Generally speaking slower songs are harder to play as there needs to be a huge amount of atmosphere to fill the space in which there would normally be silence. Perhaps Heartache Calling may become our new hardest!

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

Sour cream and chive pringles, a crate of beer and a bottle of scotch will do it. 

Describe your fans in three words:

Best in world! (although there could be a few more of them! We are currently recruiting for new fans FYI, join the club!)

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Joe – This is a 4am in the morning question after a few to many beers and maybe some other questionable substances flowing through your blood. If its an honest answer then it would have to be a James song, Tim Booth is such an incredible lyricist and a man I feel has walked the same paths I have mentally. Lyrics can more often than not be appreciated, but he’s are felt and understood to the word. For now however I’ll say Cry Myself Blind by Primal Scream, what a song and what lyrics.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

More singles! More gigs! More surprises and you can keep up to date with them all via our social media accounts @fadedshadesband

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