SHININ’ SHADE might not light up many lights but after you’ve read this interview you’ll be a bit wiser to the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
I have no idea who you guys are so could you please shortly introduce the band to us?
-We are Shinin’ Shade, a prog/psych/stoner band from Parma; this project was formed casually by Allen Kramer and Roger Davis in 2005, at that time high school classmates.
In the early days the band plays as a power trio, performing long hard-blues improvisations, with strong Grand Funk and MC5 influences.Fate, again, strikes back and in 2008 Mek Jeffrey join the band as second guitarist and while still searching for a practice room we got our first approach with Dorian Bones on its early days of a new label called Moonlight Records. Shortly after the publication of the first EP (2010) the original drummer left the band due to musical divergence and after long search (or maybe fate again) Mike De Chirico join the band during the fall of 2010.With him the band has recorded and released the first full-lenght ‘Shinin’ Shade’ in 2011 and played as opening show for Baroness, Firebird and Calibro 35 during the year. Summer of 2012 saw great changes of line-up, with J.E. Collins recruited as new lead singer and new recording sessions of an EP called ‘Slowmosheen’; released in 2012 the EP did very well with the press and the band get more chances to play live shows during the year, culminating in a 4-dates European and Italian tour with Kadavar in November of the same year. On January 2nd 2013 we started the recording sessions for the new full length ‘Saturn’ being underway until February 19th. The new album will be released on March 15th, 2013 trough Moonlight Records.
What is the greatest thing about being part of a band?
-The greatest thing resides into having different concepts and ideas of how music should be played and finding a common focus on how all those different things can work out together. That’s a thing we do all the time during our lives as musicians and as human being.
When you are a band on the rise what is the hardest part? How do you get people to notice you?
-The hardest one resides into getting all the people together and to make everything work out smoothly; because it is very easy to have personal clashes and waste all your work in just few wrong words. With internet and stuff, today seems easier to get attention from the whole world, but it ain’t necessarily so. Playing live shows and travelling far and wide can help to let people really understand what you do and maybe, to get interested in what you do.
How tough is it to find a label that you can trust with your music?
-Let me put the question down in that way: is it difficult to find a label that trusts you for the music you do? And I shall answer like that: a label that likes the music you do, appreciate your concept of music-making, today is very tough to find. Our label approaches us for what we are, for our need of experimentalism and loud volume live shows. But it also gives us help and discipline into being surer of what we should do as a ‘musical ensemble’.
How hard is it to find the right kind of people to work with in a studio or with art work and lay out?
-It is quite difficult, yes, because both works require people that know how to understand what is the message in the music, and how to make feel yourself at ease dealing and expressing it. With the artwork is similar, because we need someone that can give the music a visual edge that we need and that is so important for us.
What kind of concept is there to the band? Do you have a thought out band philosophy?
-That’s a pretty cool question, because our attitude towards music seems to be necessarily connected to the fact that we wear our heart on our sleeves while playing, both alive and in the studio. Also improvisation is enhanced by being the moody people we are, and sometimes it works for good, but sometimes can be a complete disaster.
Mood music and the need of avoiding difference between improvised and written stuff is for us a ‘real’ band philosophy.
How pleasing is it to have a record to show for all your hard work? What kind of expectations do you have on the new record?
-Expectations on this work are higher than its predecessor, the ep ‘Slowmosheen’, because it’s our first full-length with a female voice and with a dark and heavier musical direction. We put lots time, money and heart into it, so now we expect that everything would work out alright.
What would you consider a success and a failure? Do you even think in those terms?
-Success and failure are words that have a personal way of being understood, but most of the time depends on how people react to your music. It seem very easy, but for a record where you put a lot of yourself into, being dismissed and ignored is always a failure; but don’t let it give you the permission of giving everything up. That would be the worst move of your entire life; music is a serious commitment.
Success, for us at least, is to have the possibility of live within our music, with tour schedule full of gigs and a basement studio full of vintage recording equipment.
Do you feel that you are a part of a scene? Is it important to feel like you are a part of a scene?
In a certain way we feel being a part of a movement that would keep a shining light over the underground world that, in Italy at least, has been over-looked for very long time. And it is a pity, because there are so many bands that are extremely good and they are just a few step from your ears!
What lies ahead in the future for you guys?
-We are waiting for the release of ‘Sat-Urn’ our new full-length and we can’t see the time to be back on the road for playing extended psychedelic show. We also hope to be in a good mood for start writing new stuff during this new long year: seems that a new chance has appear for one more master tape with Moonlight records, so we hope to be on time with the writing stuff up to December of this year.