Grungy, psychedelic rock with a flair for the classics might not sound like it would work, let alone work well. But, in the case of Deepshade, it works like gangbusters. Their second full length, Soul Divider, was released earlier this year and it’s as if they reached back in time to many of the forward thinkers that populated the original Woodstock stage then made several stops along a musical highlight reel along the way back and mixed all that energy with their own brand of laid back rock and just enough heaviness to pack a mighty punch. The band’s sound is a unique one to say the least but definitely a needed sound for today’s increasingly maddening atmosphere as this album is perfect for the weekend good feels or long drives to clear the head—-I’ve done both with it and trust me here. We recently reached out to the band for some answers to our Profile set of questions so head directly below to see how it went down and drop by the links contained within to give them some support.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
In relation to the band, I think we all got into playing music and learning instruments through growing up in the height of the 90s. Where our ears and senses were loaded with a time where great bands forged the way. Bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden etc (The list could continue forever but hopefully you get the gist). Artists like that who even today continue to influence popular culture and inspire the youth to pick up a guitar, bass or drums, initially opened our eyes to the possibility of forming our own bands and creating our own music. I know that without that Seattle sound and sensibility our lives would be massively different! Music gave us the belief that we could also endeavour to throw ourselves into its realms and be engulfed in its monumental guise.
Success is measured by different folk in a multitude of different ways. Some measure success by how much money they have or by what assets they can flaunt or accumulate. We are not looking for world domination with our music; far from it!!! More so we measure success in smaller quantities. Music is made to bring people together and for collective enjoyment. As a band, Deepshade’s level of quantifying success comes when our music has the power to move someone or stir up emotions within someone. It would also be nice to get to the point where music becomes our livelihood and we can make an honest living from it. But for now, we have two albums released that has, and continues, to be consumed by new ears around the globe. We are constantly striving to create something fresh and new and I believe we are reaching out to new people and stirring emotions within them all the time. An example of this would be a review of our second single “Soul Divider” from the album Soul Divider released in March 2020. It reads as follows:
“A warped garage rock workout designed for the dance floor like something that Liam Gallagher and Death In Vegas or Noel Gallagher and the Chemical Brothers didn’t have the balls to release. This a hard, stabbing piece of rock with some dark dance influences. I bloody love it! I can picture myself at a Deepshade gig sitting in the corner and floating into another dimension on the strength of their music!” (A hint of Mayhem music blogger 2020).
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
We try our very best not to get caught up in debasing ourselves to get on a show, radio, television or whatever it might be to gain exposure. We are more interested in creating good music that people can ingest and enjoy. As long as we are as true as we can be to ourselves and our art/music this will hopefully rise above making complete ignoramuses out of ourselves to get exposure. To us the real talent and creative minds always prevail. We would say as a word of advice please stay away from any of that reality tv show insanity where the nature of who you really are as a person is stripped away from you. Don’t get caught in a fake world conjured up by fat maggots and billionaire’s, money is not the be all and end all to life.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
Metal is a broad genre as it has been going for quite some time. A good thing about the metal scene today is that it is still widely respected around the globe and there are millions if not billions of Metal heads that love nothing more than a good thrash dance and a proper mosh. We don’t really see any negatives in that scene at present but Deepshade are not submerged in only metal. We venture inside the scenes and also hang on the peripheral edges of many different scenes.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
The welfare of humanity, all creatures living with a level of peace is important to us. We write about the political/social constraints that we all live through along with many other aspects of what it means to be alive and breathing in this world. These things can be placed in the music lyrically or it can be expressed within a movement of a song.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
Bands like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, Led Zeppelin, Rob Zombie to name a few. Oh and an incessant need to watch Beavis and Butthead as a youth!
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Turn up to gigs, review live shows and if you like the band then champion them and spread the word as far and wide as you can.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Our goal is to provide people with good music that serves to inspire, conjure emotion, and be enjoyed in whatever way people want. If you want to know more about the history of Deepshade look at our website. I think our days of the British Empire did enough invading of continents. Now our situation is worlds away from travelling or even socialising as we knew it. This lock down due to a pandemic is tough but we wait for the day that we can socialise and meet with others and not in a distanced fashion. Maybe in the future Deepshade will see you at a live show?
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favourite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
We are constantly listening to a wide variety of musical styles, always searching into the past present and future records of our lives. There is so much different music out there and our only advice is to dive deep into it, whatever it may be.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Deepshade have just released a new album named Soul Divider. It’s currently available to purchase via our Bandcamp page and will be available via all streaming platforms later this year. Please go to our website where you will find links to stream our music and purchase it for less than the price of 2 pints (Bloody bargain if you ask us ;)!!!). With the current state of the global pandemic pretty much everything gig wise has come to an abrupt halt not only for us but for everyone. Our 12-month plan is hard to explain until we can get out and gig again. We will be touring in Europe and around the UK when the venues reopen. We will be recording a new EP also and booking onto festivals once this pandemic shifts. We all can’t wait to get back to socialising that is not from a distance. So keep your eye on us via the website and you will see our gig listings, hopefully we will see you at a show in the not too distant future.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Deepshade for their time!