EP REVIEW: Shaded – Temporary Fix

Release Date: November 22nd 2019
Label: Common Ground Collective
Website: www.shadedband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shadeduk
Twitter: www.twitter.com/shadeduk

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Since their formation back in 2017, Surrey’s Shaded are already onto their third EP, ‘Temporary Fix’. This latest offering shifts from their pop-punk roots, and sees the band taking an adventurous transition into straight up pop.

Opener ‘Like Ice’ showcases this new direction from the get-go. It’s instantly a much more mature sound, and really raises the bar as to how quickly Shaded are progressing in such a short space of time.

‘Just Not Done’ offers up an energetic funk-pop sound, not too dissimilar from that which Emarosa are opting for nowadays. Whilst the inclusion of an old school keyboard adds a real 90s vibe to the song, surprisingly it’s super effective, and creates a refreshing new sound steering away from just another generic pop song.

For anyone who’s already familiar and an already established Shaded fan, the EP still has one little pop-punk anthem in the mix. ‘Gold’ actually demonstrates how well the band do the genre, with Matt East‘s clear crisp vocals adding to the contemporary style we’re becoming accustomed to, and could at times be very easily comparable to that of State Champs frontman, Derek DiScanio.

‘Need U More’ would usually seem like the perfect pick for the record’s emotional ballad, telling the story of trying to save a relationship that you really don’t want to end. However, Shaded have cleverly chosen to instrumentally create a much more upbeat melodic number, which seems to shift how you interpret this record completely and the talents that this three-piece have to offer really start to emerge at this point.

For a 16-minute sampler of Shaded and this exciting new direction that they’re taking, it’s a very promising start. Each track on ‘Temporary Fix’ is something a little bit different, and it shows that they’re trying to experiment now with what works and what doesn’t before hopefully debuting a full-length album in the near future.