Faded Shades are a three-piece indie rock act whose influences range from swirling sixties to nineties Britpop and bands such as the Artic Monkeys, The Black Keys and The Foo Fighters. The group recorded their debut album in their DIY home studio and have since gone on to polish their sound. The band’s guitarist and vocalist Joe talked to us recently about how he got into music and the creative process of the band among other things.
What got you into making music?
Aged 14 I got my first guitar, a finger-style acoustic but it never really captured me although I had a few lessons. Then aged 16 I saw my Dad play three chords on a cheap Fender strat rip-off at a family gathering and it changed my perceptions of making music. Then came the long road of practice and doing my first band, meeting Liam and eventually forming Faded Shades. It’s all been a hobby that got a bit out of hand, to be honest.
Who inspired you to make music?
Artists like the Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Who, Neil Young, Lou Reed and Owen Campbell.
What is your creative process?
I enjoy playing an acoustic guitar to unwind and have never enjoyed learning other people’s songs, which lead to me writing and jamming chord progressions whilst recording myself along to a stream of consciousness style melody and lyric formation. Taking out the good bits and filling in the bad with some reworked poems etc. Then once the song is complete as it can be on my own I take it to the band to jam and evolve it into a live song.
Is there anyone you would like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Crispian Mills from Kula Shaker. I developed a mild obsession with the band and his other projects like the Jeevas and was also lucky enough to have met him once at a film premiere he directed. He has a fantastic style and influence, one I think would be very experimental and enjoyable to collaborate with. Plus I believe he is very underappreciated as a songwriter and performer.
What does Your Band Name Mean?
The band’s name is derived from a Small Faces lyric “to rest my eyes in shades of green”, we ended with a bolt-on word to make the Shades unique and Faded Shades rolled off the tongue lovely. It is hard work naming a band!
What is your favourite song to perform?
Right now one of our newest singles Waiting On Tomorrow! The public reception to it has been fantastic and it’s a great sing-along with a decent hook and feeling. Go give it a listen!
What are you working on right now?
Right now we have just released another new single Heartache Calling. Go and follow our social media via the handle @fadedshadesband to keep up to date with all of our gigs and releases. Big Love to all!
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