Their debut EP Now is out now so we asked SHINERS about writing the tracks and what’s in store for 2018.
East London four-piece outfit SHINERS are bringing back Brit-Pop in all it’s catchy glory. The quartet grew up listening to their parent’s punk and new wave records, while at the height of Brit Pop. Their memorable pop songs are soaked in post-punk angular guitars, driving bass, 60’s keys and punchy drums. Songwriter Jamie Delaney knows how to take a pristine melody and gleefully smash it to bits.
Championed by iconic new-music brand BBC Introducing, SHINERS headed to T-in the Park Festival in 2016. Their visceral live performance has seen the group support Spector, Superfood, The Bohicas, Nothing But Thieves and DMA’s, as well as a series of sold-out London basement bar headline shows.
This year has seen the Brit-Wave band continue to write, record and release their debut EP Now, released via Kobalt / AWAL on 24 November featuring new single and slice of social commentary Generation Y.
Overall the EP takes you back to a mix of young Libertines and Brit-pop icons of the 90’s, in the best way possible. For those of us that spent their teenage years listening to those bands will find themselves utterly obsessed with a trip down memory lane with a band that is only just starting out.
But that’s not to say that at their young age they can’t play with big ones – quite the contrary! Be prepared to hear lots from this band in 2018, once you get hooked they won’t leave your playlist anytime soon.
So after a big 2017 and even bigger 2018 ahead, we had a chat to the four lads from London about their new EP Now.
How did you meet and start making music together?
Me and Lenny have been playing music together since we were kids and we’ve picked up the others along the way!
Where do you find your inspiration when writing songs? How do you go about penning new tracks?
Its always different. Sometime a couple of us get together in a studio environment and start building a track, sometimes a jam in a rehearsal room turns into something, or just me on my own with a guitar in my bedroom. In actual fact it’s probably usually a mixture of some of those things.
In your recently released single Generation Y you are quite critical of so-called millennials and their habits when it comes to music – did you take that from personal experience?
Generation Y is more of a comment on the general state of music right now rather than Generation Y itself. The line ‘You’ll never make much money playing Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is certainly drawn from personal experience!
For the new EP you’ve mixed and recorded most of the tracks yourself – was it important to keep that creative control?
Yes Absolutely. Keeping control is important for most artists I think and we’ve managed to make a record that we think is the most true representation of who we are right now as a band.
Let’s talk about your live shows, what are they like?
Energetic and intense. We play flat out from the first note to the last. But it’s probably easier to see it for yourself than for me to describe it!
You’ve been featured quite a bit on BBC Introducing – do you feel iconic institutions like the BBC have a sort of obligation to help new bands such as yourselves in providing a platform under the BBC umbrella?
We’ve been really lucky with all the support we’ve received from BBC introducing and it’s really helped us. I don’t think anyone has an obligation to help us or any other musician or band but the fact they do is brilliant, not just for us but so many artists all over the UK.
What else can we expect from you guys in 2018?
We’ve got loads lined up! A new video, maybe another EP and lots of live shows!