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SHADE – Head In The Clouds

Forceful, energetic, grungy; these are just a few of the words that come to mind when I listen to this new track. These lads really do have it in the bag when it comes to writing indie rock magic. Pioneered by ‘This Feeling’, ‘SHADE’ are already gaining traction in the world of classic, alternative rock, and this means that you’re going to be seeing more and more of them as they progress as a band – and I think we all need a bit of their bad-boy vibe that they’re bringing to the table. Even their artwork screams mischief.

Head In the Clouds’ is a Mancunian banger; you don’t have to listen too hard to guess this. Frontman, Luke Owens, makes use of his strong Mancunian accent in this tune – so much so that I am reminded of Madchester royalty, Liam Gallagher (although, I bet they’ve heard that a few times before). Nonetheless, their youth gives them the upper hand, and I hope as they progress they really try and think out of the box, so huge anthems like this don’t get buried in the huge fast-food-like system that unfortunately dominates 21st century music, and particularly the rock genre.

The more I listen to this tune, I am amazed by the fast drum fills and the guitar solo that will have you wishing that you could grab a Gibson (The lead guitarist’s weapon of choice) and rock out on stage somewhere. The simplicity of the song structure and chord progression is effective, much because these lads make sure to drive the song with the intensity of the dream-like lyrics. The production is outstanding, many thanks to legend Gavin Monaghan (The Sherlocks, The Twang, Paulo Nutini), so this definitely helps set the track apart from other alt-rock outfits that are prominent at the present.

I am very excited to see where these lads are headed; when I hear ‘Head In The Clouds’, I imagine massive stadiums full of heads banging to the forceful rhythm and anthemic lyrics. This could be ‘SHADE’s’ dream – but if they carry on the way they’re going, it seems to me that they aren’t in too over their heads, after all (unless this song is just a giant metaphor, of course…)