Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Stu from unsigned band SHADER to find out more…

Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
Stu Whiston - Vocals & Guitar, Mike Lo Bosco - Lead Guitar, Daz Edwards - Bass & Vocals, Jake Cunningham - Drums.

We rehearse in Macclesfield. Two members are from Staffordshire and two from Cheshire. Me and Darren grew up togethers, I met Mike at Music College and became friends over a mutual love for Oasis. We were looking for a drummer and the guy who runs the rehearsal room suggested Jake who fitted right in. Name came up during a WhatsApp conversation between us... Not sure if it was a spelling mistake but SHADER just looked and sounded cool.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Influences growing up would be all the nineties guitar bands that are instilled in our minds, albums like Nevermind and In Utero by Nirvana (Me and Daz's first jam was Aneurysm by Nirvana), U2 - Achtung Baby and Joshua Tree, Beatles, Stone Roses, Prodigy. Influences now would probably include Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division, Black Rebel Motorcyle Club, Shack, Neil Young and all the rest.


How would you describe your sound?
An eclectic swirl of huge melodic guitar riffs and northern grooves colliding with addictive arena sized choruses.

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
The new single is called 'There Was a Time'. Probably listening to a combination of Joy Division, The Smiths and Shack. It's a reflective anthem.

What’s your local music scene like?
We have a firm stance in both Manchester and Stoke. We're headlining the 'YOUR CITY FESTIVAL' at The Sugarmill in Stoke on May 25th. A mega festival putting on the best of the Stoke music scene and also showcasing artists from out of town. In Manchester we've been invited to play 'MOODS FESTIVAL' at The Breadshed on June 22nd. Thats set to be a massive night that one.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We have a new song that's in the live set that's been getting a mega reaction, so we're gonna be recording and releasing that one next. We have plans to release an EP.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Gerry Cinnamon.


Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
We played a gig in Barrow-in-Furness the other week and a guy was singing and dancing right in front of my microphone holding an avocado with a big bite out of it. He got booted out pretty quickly after that.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Arena-sized ambition. We mean it.

SHADER live dates..
25 Stoke The Sugarmill

22 Manchester, Breadshed
29 Northwich, The Salty Dog

20 Macclesfield Festival

21 Liverpool, EBGBS

3 & 4 Blackburn, FOXY FEST

You can find out more about SHADER on their website or via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter. You can find the links to their music here.