Emerging Artists #34 – SHINIES

April 3, 2012 by  

It’s been a while since we’ve got this excited about introducing a new guitar band, but Manchester three piece SHINIES are easily the best new band we’ve heard in a long, long time.

The first track they uploaded to the internet, Spent Youth, was a lo-fi noise pop record that got many a blogger excited and since then they have been working with Rory Brattwell, aka Warm Brains, on their debut AA single ‘Shola/Pillow Talk’.

The band are set to to play their debut London show in a couple of weeks and before then they’ve taken the time to answer our usual set of questions…

How did you get together, where you from and why did you decide to make music together?

We´d all been friends for a long time. Adam and Ric have known each other since school and have always played music together, Tom and Joe have also been friends for ages so it was a natural progression really.

What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?

Pretty naturally really. We all know what we like, stick it in the washing machine and the musical colours bleed into a bit of a tie dye mess and what comes out is what you hear. We like noise, guitars and melody. And a soft spot for pop.


What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?

The original demo of Spent Youth was literally one condenser mic we hung in our basement and recorded straight onto garageband. Really basic stuff but it seemed to work. We couldn’t afford going into a studio, plus it sounded pretty cool.

Where was the band’s first show and what was it like?

Our first show was supporting FOE at the castle hotel on Oldham street in Manchester, we got a really good crowd which surprised us as we hadn’t known we were playing until the day before. We´d only properly been a full band for a week and we had to rush in our bass player Joe who had only practised with us twice and he bossed it. So yeah it was a great first gig and people seemed to be quite excited by it.

What’s been your favourite gig you’ve played?

We recently supported WU LYF at the Ritz which was really fun as it was a pretty big venue, especially for us as it was only our sixth show. The week before we played at the Roadhouse for Underachievers Please Try Harder though and that was probably the most fun as we love the club night that they put on after.

What bands/artists are you into at the moment?

Really enjoying a lot of the bands we’ve got turned onto by playing with them. Gross magic for example are cool and the History of Apple Pie who we play with next week, in terms of new bands anyway.

What can people expect when they come to your live shows?

Shocking on stage banter and loud guitars, plus the loosest bass player in the North West.

 If you could get one band to reform who would it be?

Toss up between sclub 7 or mystique. Maybe the ramones too and then form them all into one massive supergroup.

Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?

We´d like to say so but we´re just taking things step by step. If someone wants to put one out we´d be more than happy to oblige. Next step is hopefully another limited single release and then we´ll see.

What’s up next for the band?

Our double A side single “Shola/Pillow Talk” comes out on April 16th and then we’ve got plenty more gigs in the next few months, including Dot to Dot festival and Sounds From The Other City festival. Then we take the world!


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