London three-piece SHADED have been out on the road with the likes of PVMNTS, Boston Manor, and Wolf Culture supporting their ‘A Familiar Love’ EP that graced our ears back in October.
The band are gaining quite the buzz and have just announced that they will be joining Aussie pop-punks Stand Atlantic on their run of dates next year.
We caught up with frontman Matt East to talk about the EP, playing shows, and all things SHADED.
DP!: For the benefit of any of our readers who may not have heard about you before, could you use any one word to describe your sound?
M: One word to describe our sound would probably be “adventurous”. We don’t like doing things by the book, haha.
DP!: So your latest EP, ‘A Familiar Love’, has been out in the world for just over a month now, and already tracks such as ‘Tell Me’ have received almost 200,000 streams. How does that feel? Were you expecting this release to have the reception that it did?
M: It’s definitely cool, for sure! Being a new band, it’s really cool to see new fans and our peers sharing our music and telling people about us. Having some of the opportunities that have come our way because of this EP has already made this campaign really exciting for us. The reception has been great to see – reading tweets, messages, and seeing Instagram posts from people that have become fans of our band because of ‘A Familiar Love’ just makes every ounce of hard work that we’ve put into this completely worth it.
DP!: The theme of relationships, more specifically the ending stages and all that entails, was an element that stood out to me across this release. Was this an intentional decision? Were you aiming to create a slightly more conceptual EP this time around?
M: It’s definitely the dominant theme lyrically. I had a lot that I wanted to say, and I think these songs perfectly encapsulate how I was feeling at the time of writing those songs. Instrumentally, however, it definitely was not an aim to create anything conceptual. I think we’ve written 5 tracks in which each one stands out in its own way, so we didn’t want to blur the differentiation at all.
DP!: How was the process of making ‘A Familiar Love’ in comparison to making your debut EP, ‘The Better Man In Me’? Was there anything that you’d learnt or anything that you actively experimented with this time around?
M: Well, straight off the bat, that first EP was entirely self-recorded, mixed, mastered, funded, and released. ‘A Familiar Love’ was the first time that, as a band, we’d created something in a studio environment. We were also very aware of the step up that we’d taken as a band and individually in level of creativity and ability as writers, so it was really cool to be able to channel everything that we had learned and improved upon and focused it in a studio environment.
DP!: Do you have a favourite track in the EP?
M: We are all really into ‘You’. I think its off-beat rhythmic patterns, almost synth-y vocal hook and its general pop-y vibe is what really makes it stand out.
DP!: You’ve also just finished your co-headlining tour with the guys in Wolf Culture. Were you guys good friends prior to this tour, and how do you feel the shows went? Were there any stand-out moments or funny stories that you’d like to share?
M: We’ve been good mates with Wolf Culture since we first started this band. In fact, the first tour we went on was a co-headline with them, so it was really cool to see the progress that both bands have made over the past year.
DP!: You’ve got your first show in Paris coming up with PVMNTS which has sold out. You guys surely must be feeling incredibly proud and excited. Is there anything you’d like to say to those that are coming down to see you?
M: We’re SUPER excited to be heading to Europe for the first time, for sure. Paris has been on our radar for a long time as there’s a really nice group of people there that have been with us since the very start, so it’s going to be great to play there finally, and the fact that it’s sold out just blows our minds, haha. If you guys are reading this in Paris, we can’t wait to meet you all. Let’s make this show one to remember.
DP!: Finally, is there anything else you would to like to talk about, or anything that you’d like to say to the people that are coming down to your shows?
M: We cannot wait to meet you all. You guys have shown us so much love on social media already, and the tour hasn’t even started yet, haha. We know this tour is going to go off, and we can’t wait to share the experience with you guys.
‘A Familiar Love’ is available now, and you can order it online via different platforms (here).
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