We chatted to Stu from SHADER about their latest single TRUE TO LIFE

With the release of their killer latest single back in September, I thought it would be a good opportunity to chat to their lead singer and guitarist Stu Whitson

Can you tell us a bit about the band? Where are you from and how did you all meet?

Shader is:
Stu Whiston – Vocals & Guitar
Mike Lo Bosco – Lead Guitar
Darren Edwards – Bass
Tom Turney – Drums

We’re based in Stoke and signed to 42’s Records in Manchester. Darren, Mike and myself have been mates since we were kids. I met Mike at music college. We started out in a covers band and then began writing original songs. We all went our separate ways for abit before forming Shader in late 2017. Tom joined on drums just over a year ago.

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If I were to use the phrase “for fans of”, who would you liken yourselves to?

The Smiths, The Killers, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Verve, Oasis, U2, The Who, The Beatles.

You recently released your latest single True To Life. Where did the inspiration come from for this song?

We wrote the song a very long time ago after listening to The Killers ‘Hot Fuss’ album on repeat . Once Tom joined we began building the track up around the chords. It was written the morning after a shite night out to an indie club. It’s kind of pointing at the self-entitled generation who are never happy with what they’ve got.

What does the song mean to you?

Not really sure. I think it’s bloody catchy. Beyond that it reminds me I’m in a better
place now than when I wrote it. So thankful.

Is this a hint at more new music on the way?

Yes. The next single is our best song yet.

Did you have any help with the writing and recording process?

I tend to bring songs to the band to build up on. Gavin Monaghan is our trusty producer. He’s worked with Editors, The Twang, Sherlocks & The Blinders. He helps make our songs sound righteous.

What advice would you give to someone looking to make music?

Never give up

Pre-COVID and world-gone-mad, what are some of your favourite stories from

Mike (lead Guitarist) and myself went to a Ryan Adams gig a few years ago. People kept shouting for Wonderwall and Mike shouted ‘Cast No Shadow’. Everyone around us started chuckling like fuck.

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Where can we find out more about you?


Anything else you would like to tell us?

Wear a mask

And with these key words of advice, what is there left to do but check out Shader’s work. I’d like to thank Stu for taking the time to answer my questions and wish him and the band the best of luck with all their new music.

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