Hailing from the North West of England, Stoke to be exact, Shader is a high-energy, enthusiastic, passionate and super-sensational pop-rock foursome. Assumedly formed in 2018 (or at least that is when they started releasing music on Spotify), Stu Whiston (vocals and guitar), Mike Lo Bosco (lead guitar), Daz Edwards (bass) and Tom Turney (drums) are a breath of fresh air in the UK indie music scene. The latest addition to their discography is ‘True To Life’.
The third single to be released in 2020, ‘True To Life’ is a follow-up to the well-received ‘Time Is Right’ and ‘Be My Saviour’. Bringing a more pop-rock sound to their portfolio, Shader is a mixture of All American Rejects and Walk The Moon, but with a distinct English indie sound ala Babyshambles. Seamlessly melding pounding drums, a steady bassline, powerful guitar riffs and Whiston’s effortless vocals, ‘True To Life’ is a new breed of genre-defying music.
Lyrically, ‘True To Life’ is a brutal exploration of the “self-entitled” modern society touching on issues of perpetual dissatisfaction and a need for instant gratification. A biting shake back to reality, this single oozes a raw merciless honesty. However, the combination of dynamic instrumentation and bold, melodic vocals makes the pill a little easier to swallow. In fact, the boldness and warmth of Whiston’s voice introduce a sense of sincerity in ‘True To Life’.