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Having fast gained a reputation as one of the North East’s most innovative, exhilarating acts, anticipation is running high for the release of Newcastle five-piece Shades’ second EP. The follow-up to last year’s debut Existential Ambiguity, Or Something, Lose Your Chains is a staggering display of what Shades are capable of.

While Existential Ambiguity… was an impressive demonstration of the band’s ability to span genres, creating a sound that is accessible yet eclectic; Lose Your Chains sees Shades hone their complexities into something all the more intense and focused. The same intricacies and math-rock nuances are still present, and melodic chords still sit comfortably alongside shifting time signatures, yet the band seem to have channelled the aggression of Existential Ambiguity… into a more expansive, post-hardcore driven sound. “We wanted to make this record more consistent and something that would represent ourselves as what we had grown comfortably into, not something that we think would particularly tickle the fancy of fans of the last EP,” explains guitarist and vocalist Reece Spencer. “The writing process contained a lot more thought musically and we paid considerable attention to what the record would be as a whole, not the tracks individually.”

More evident than ever is Shades’ ability to create something poetic, with each track punctuated by lead vocalist Alexander Paul’s lyrical dexterity and multifaceted story-telling. “Lose Your Chains is marked by a continuous motif of nonconformity,” says Paul. “A recurrent reminder that limitations are synthetic, manufactured by the powers that want you to follow their ways.”

With Lose Your Chains set to be released via Bandcamp and iTunes on Saturday 21st March and a launch show planned for Saturday 28th March at Head of Steam, Newcastle with support from fellow local acts High Tide 15:47 and Picture Frames, Shades look set to further cement their status as one of the North East’s greatest hopes.

Shades release Lose Your Chains EP on 21st March, they play Head of Steam, Newcastle on Saturday 28th March.

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