Shader – Interview, looking ahead to headlining the RGM Stage at Macclesfield Festival.
Hi SHADER guys thanks for taking your time out to join us for a chat today. We are looking forward to having you play the RGM stage at Macclesfield Fest, what you got planned for us?
No problem..We’ve been told we’re headlining the RGM stage so we’re gonna pull out all the big tunes for the occasion. We rehearse in Macclesfield too so it feels like some kind of home town gig for us in a way. Last year we played Kendal Calling with the likes of Catfish & the Bottlemen, Twisted Wheel and James.. it gave us a taste of playing to a festival crowd and we loved it. Our songs are written for the big stage really so these kind of gigs are what it’s all about. We’ve just finished rehearsing two brand new songs ready for Macclesfield Festival that sound somewhere between Echo & the Bunnymen and early U2. Also we’re looking forward to playing our new single ‘There Was A Time’…it’s been really well received, getting played on BBC INTRODUCING and promoter’s from up and down the country are asking us to play their venues off the back of hearing it.
What drives you as a band?
Everything…our songs..playing them live..they’re our collateral and if they connect with people then it doesn’t get any better than that for us.
We’re childhood friends who got together over a mutual love of bands like early U2, Nirvana, The Verve, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Stone Roses..the chemistry and the rawness of these bands singing choruses that just get hold of you. Thats what drives us to fit somewhere in-between all of these great bands. We’ve been lucky enough to record our first four songs at Si Jones (The Verve) studio in Chester. He’s borrowed us gear to record tracks with the guitars and amps that were used on ‘Urban Hymns’ and ‘A Northern Soul’. Quite surreal really but a massive high point for us to be able to do that.
If you could go back to the very moment you learnt your instruments, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Turn your amps down so you don’t piss your parents off and you can hear your mistakes better.
Did you vote leave or remain, and why?
We all voted for the lead guitarist to remain in the band.
If you could delete one band from the history of the Universe, who would it be & why?
We’d ask Bastille to change their name. The word Bastille just sounds wrong. We’ll leave it at that.
Right now, whats pissing you off the most?
Constantly raining in June.
Whats the best biscuit?
Custard cream because when you find one in the biscuit tin that isn’t completely smashed to bits by the digestives it’s a great feeling.
What do you do when you’re by yourself?
We argue on the band whatsapp group
Which member is the biggest pain in the arse? And why?
We’re all equally the biggest pain in the arse because we’re musicians with conflicting opinions but it does mean the music gets to a better place. Often it’s which member has the best argument over a particular matter we go with in the end.
Whats coming up for the band after Macclesfield Festival?
At the end of July we’re recording our next single with Gavin Monaghan at Magic Garden Studio’s in Wolverhampton. He’s recorded some of our favourite albums like “The Back Room” by Editors and “Love It When I Feel Like This” by The Twang and more recent he’s done stuff with The Blinders. Our next goal is to hear Shader on Radio One, 6Music, Radio X. Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Mary-Anne Hobbs we’re coming for you next. We plan to release an EP later in the year as-well as touring the UK and maybe Europe too.