Pop punk quartet Shaded are releasing their new EP The Better Man In Me on the 1st of September and have announced their next run of UK dates. RUSHONROCK managed to steal some of vocalist Matt East’s precious time to talk about their record, why they decided to self-produce and why bassist Dan Bradberry is crying in his bedroom.
RUSHONROCK – Your EP The Better Man In Me is out on the 1st of September, tell us something about that. What were you trying to do with it, what were you trying to say on it?
Matt East – This EP was a great chance to show people what we’re all about. We’d like to think there’s more to this band than the ‘generic pop punk’ label that is commonly branded by listeners on a lot of bands in the alternative scene.
RUSHONROCK – Your cover art for the EP is quite emotive, were you trying to capture a sense of serenity while everything is going to shit around you with it?
RUSHONROCK – Who are your major influences musically wise and was that incorporated into the EP?
MA – We announced a tour for late September with our boys in Wolf Culture which we’re super excited about! That’s all we can announce for now but keep your eyes peeled on our social media sites!
RUSHONROCK – Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got together as a band.
RUSHONROCK – I read an interview where you guys said you go to a music uni, has it got more difficult trying to do well with that as well as produce your own EP?
MA – Surprisingly not actually! We’ve somehow managed to stay on top of everything and balance out the band and uni fairly well!
MA – Callum is a producer and I have a degree in music production so it was almost a no-brainer for us. We knew what we wanted from this EP so it made a lot of sense for us to just do it ourselves! It took a little longer than we first anticipated but overall it was a really smooth process.
MA – Don’t. Just don’t. We still haven’t fully come to terms with the loss of our beloved Love Island. We haven’t seen Dan since… some say he’s still crying in his bedroom.