We review the new single from Shader – Blackholes (The World Eats A Weak Man)

Indie-rock four-piece Shader have just unleashed their second single of the year. This latest release – ‘Blackholes (The World Eats A Weak Man)’ – blends heavy guitar and electro sounds showcasing a new direction for the band.

Produced by Gavin Monaghan (Blinders/Editors) with additional production and mixing duties by long-time Manic Street Preachers collaborator Dave Eringa – the track runs at just shy of three-and-a-half-minutes in length. Opening with distinctive almost chilling electro-keys before a snappy drumbeat enters play, it remaining beat-heavy throughout. A non-stop energetic number complimented by raging guitars – including a particularly screaming solo which takes flight around the 2.15 mark.

Composed during the madness of these last 18 months – frontman and songwriter Stu Whiston described the tune as “a modern rock & roll explosive hymn for the lost & lonely, climbing out of the depths of solitude and fighting back against the world.”

Whiston’s reverbed vocals demand your attention with a no-nonsense direct flair – the chorus in particular having a chant-like quality – this element guaranteeing a future crowd-favourite no doubt.
“Blackholes, lost souls / Time waits for no man / Blackholes, lost souls / The world eats a weak man”

Lyrically encapsulating the confusion and ramifications of the pandemic – it’d be true to say that many people have lost their way during this time. But while Shader acknowledges this despair, they don’t revel in it. There’s a real element of hope in this track – of questioning the status quo and finding a path forward. And perhaps most importantly, finding yourself against all odds.