Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
FS: Faded Shades are an old school new school band! New music for us is still well in the early 2000’s, the likes of RHCP, Black Keys and Arctic Monkeys. Its only when you realise Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds have a 10 year anniversary Best Of out it sinks in.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
FS: Faded Shades started life as another band in which Joe & Liam met and honed their skills together as musicians. When this project came to a close the two stuck together and began working on a new band since Joe had written a couple of tracks; all that was needed was a drummer. Many auditions and meet ups later it was decided to be easier teaching Joe’s brother Charlie how to play the drums and there you have it, the three piece line up of Faded Shades was born!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
FS: Our musical influences all clash in mod culture; the likes of Paul Weller, The Who and Small Faces are shared inspirations to each member. Joe strays into a singer/songwriter genre with names like Neil Young, Lou Reed and Owen Campbell. Liam draws on a heavier riff driven influence in Foo Fighters, Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys, this gives the band its grit and distortion. Whilst Charlie is away with the fairies listening to everything 60’s. A perfect match wouldn’t you say?
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
FS: Our goal is to make a living as a band, our dream to to make an extremely good living as a band. And thats the long and the short of it really. An American tour would definitely more than fill the bands bucket list!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
FS: Joe writes our songs; “I write songs about whatever comes to me in the moment, more often than not as an emotional release to unload whatever sadness or stresses are playing on me at the time. Relationship break ups are a key feature in our early material, recently my lyrics have got a little harder to decipher and more paint a picture of something free for interpretation. Nights out, relationship struggles and the occasional triumph is a good benchmark” – Joe
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
FS: We promote is any way we can! Playing as many gigs and open mic nights as possible is key as you are always exposing yourself to fresh faces but getting in decent practice as well. There are also many ways to promote online such as MusoSoup, SubmissionHub and just creeping into the DM’s of some social media accounts with big followings never did any harm! Instagram is our main port of call when it comes to engagement so go give us a follow @fadedshadesband
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
FS: The world ultimately has to move on and evolve so we don’t think there is any harm in the age of the internet! Although it would be nice to see a little more the pie when it comes to streaming income.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
FS: Football’s Coming Home! Its an instant classic and receives huge praise and sing alongs time and time again in a brilliant moment of national pride every year when England plays football. Being the soundtrack to collective celebration has to be the peak! If we could have a similar honour however we would love to write a tune for a James Bond soundtrack!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
FS: When people serve chips with a traditional full English breakfast! Its sacrilege and there’s cafes everywhere getting away with this outrage.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
FS: Still the proudest moment currently is listening to people sing our songs back to us whilst performing live. That feeling of creating a moment through your own music will take a lot of getting used to! You can’t beat the adrenaline rush of getting screamed for an encore after a decent set.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
FS: We are currently working alongside Animal Farm Music and have three singles ready to go! “Waiting On Tomorrow” releasing 13th of May, with “Heartache Calling” and “Stay” following later this year! We can’t wait for the feedback and reception of our tunes!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
FS: We currently have three singles and an album out on all major streaming platforms! Also you can check out our music videos on youtube. If you want to buy our songs then head over to itunes. We’d love it if you’d give our newest single “Waiting On Tomorrow” a listen and add it to your playlists!