Music Reviews

Single Review: Time is Right – Shader.

One of the reasons for doing this job is to bring to your attention to some of the best new music that is out there. My role here today is rather redundant. If you are not aware of Time Is Right by Shader – WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Or perhaps the question should be WHERE HAVE I BEEN? As I write this, the latest release from Shader currently stands at number 3 in the physical chart.

Shader are a four-piece indie guitar band from various parts of the North-West of England. They have a lot going for them. Firstly, there’s the band’s songs – they write hook-filled, melodic tunes and they don’t mind a big chorus, verging on the anthemic. Secondly, there’s the band’s record label. Shader are signed to one of H2N’s favourite labels: Manchester’s 42’s Records. Thirdly, there are the bands stated influences. Reading through some old interviews, as well as Oasis and U2, the band give a mention to Shack. Anyone who is a fan of Mick Head is OK by me.

With Time Is Right, Shader are doing a little better than OK. The physical release is a double A-side with their last song, the more straight-up anthemic, Be My Savoiur.

Time is Right opens with an vibrant acoustic guitar (that sounds not to dissimilar to the intro to The Jam’s That’s Entertainment ) which is quickly joined by swirling electric guitars giving this portion of the song a whiff of Cocteau Twins. Not a bad way to start a tune eh? The vocals are supplied by Stu Whiston. I’ve read a couple of pieces where Whiston’s style has been compared to that of Ian McCulloch or Richard Ashcroft. That would be high praise indeed, and on the evidence provided here, a bit wide of the mark. Whiston’s vocals are a bit more playful with the melody. If I had to pluck a singer out of he air to compare Stu Whiston with, I probably have to have a stab at Lee Mavers. In fact with the mix of acoustic and electric guitars, big choruses, and hook-filled melodies, there is a bit of The La’s about Shader’s sound on show here.

Thematically, according to Whiston, the song is about ‘…rising up from self-destruction, or out of isolation. It’s about the point where someone decides to pull themselves together and fight against the thoughts in their mind.’. Given our current plight, I think that’s a universal theme that we can all relate to.

All in all, the time is right for Time Is Right.

Ian Dunphy.

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