Chasing Shadows

  • Chasing Shadows
  • 2019-02-19

Chasing Shadows is a four-piece pop rock band based in North Wales. Their latest EP, Darker Days, sees the band return to their rockier roots and their most recent single, ‘Open Your Eyes’ has featured on BBC Introducing Wales. We spoke to the band to find out more.

We like to think the stories behind our songs are relatable, and that people can get behind the stories in them.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - what led you all to forming Chasing Shadows?
So, a long time ago, Sam, our lead singer, wanted to learn guitar and was given some lessons by a guy called Russ. From there, Sam decided to join a few bands and eventually started offering lessons of his own. I wanted to learn (I’m Ben, the rhythm guitarist, by the way!), so got hold of Sam to ask for lessons. We were having fun, so later in that year (2014) we decided to try an open mic night. It went really well, and we took a booking off the back of it.

At the time we were jamming with a drummer called Chris who was introduced to us through a friend of Sam’s, we worked on our set and started gigging. It was in December of 2014 we started to look for a bassist, when a guy called Russ got hold of Sam and joined up with us. We’ve become four of the best of friends and never looked back!

Who did your take inspiration from?
We take our inspiration from the music we listen to and the bands we see around us. We all have a different taste in music, but find bands like the Foo Fighters, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Green Day and Stereophonics are bands we all like, and their music and passion really inspires us and our music, and makes us want to make the best possible music we can.

Why the name ‘Chasing Shadows’?
I’d love to tell you a really exciting story here, however the name comes from the program on ITV from a few years back. Sam saw it, suggested it, and it stuck! We really need to come up with a better story than that!

How would you describe your musical style?
I would say we’re probably indie rock, with a hint of pop and punk in there at times. As I said before, we have such a varied taste in music that there’s elements of them all in our music, but I’d say we’re indie rock.

Your debut album Alive in Wonderland was released in 2016. What response did that get, and what did you learn from it?
Releasing that was really big for us, and to see a response to it like we had was incredible. We had a few of the tracks played on BBC Radio Wales on various shows, gigged around our area with the tracks and ended up playing some of them in The Bedford in London in a Rock the House competition - we had some incredible experiences with it!

I think we learned a lot during the process of releasing that EP, from what songs to put on the EP, how to promote it and how to record it. It also gave us a chance to learn about ourselves too, and the type of music we wanted to make as we started to shape a real ‘Chasing Shadows’ sound.

You followed that up with EP Storytellers in 2017. How did the band evolve with this release?
This was a completely different EP for us, having released a very rocky one previously, the tracks on this one (with the exception of Life), were much slow and more story based. They were tracks that had been around since the first EP but really didn’t fit in with the sound of Alive In Wonderland so we waited, and released an EP with just these tracks on it.

It’s only a short one, but it’s one that’s really different to what people expected!

If you could collaborate with any living artist or band, who would you choose?
There’s so many though, it’d be really hard to choose just one - I think if I was to suggest any of my favourite artists the others would kill me! We all love the Foo Fighters though, so I’m sure we’d all like the chance to work with Dave Grohl!

Tell us about your new EP Darker Days. What are its themes?
We’re super proud of Darker Days. The songs on it are all about life in general, apart from Open Your Eyes which Sam wrote about a really tough operation he was going through on his eye. Songs like ‘Warning Signs’, ‘Twisted Love’ and ‘Neon’ are all about various stages of relationships and being with people you shouldn’t, ‘Hollywood Girl’ is about the one that got away and ‘Rosie’… well that’s about someone who likes to party a little too much!

We like to think the stories behind our songs are relatable, and that people can get behind the stories in them.

When did you write Darker Days and where did you record it?
Most of the tracks for Darker Days were written in 2017. Warning Signs, however, was written years ago, and was one of first original songs we worked on as a four piece band, it just too about three years for that song to find its final form and we’re now incredibly pleased with the outcome.

The EP was recorded at Amp Recording Studio in Wrexham, North Wales, by Nino - he’s a fantastic engineer and really gets our sound and helps us to make them into the tracks you hear on the EP’s.

How does Darker Days represent your style?
I really think Darker Days is the EP that really catches what a proper Chasing Shadows sound is. It’s upbeat, rocky, fun and lively. A bit like us (sometimes!).

What are your hopes for Darker Days
More than anything, we just want people to listen to it, stream it, share it and love it. We’re really proud of it, and we hope that people can see the hard work and passion we’ve poured into it.

What are your plans for 2019 in terms of touring?
We’re looking at getting out later in the summer to showcase what will bee our fourth EP, whilst playing some of our favourites from the other EP’s too. Keep a check on our page to be the first to learn about what we’ve got coming up!

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
That’s a really good question! I can’t speak for the others, but personally, I’d say work harder and enjoy it.

Gigging is the most fun anyone can have, and gigging to large audiences of people who are singing you sounds back to you is a phenomenal feeling, so we’’re keen to keep on going. Take chances too, and see where it leads!

Listen to ‘Open Your Eyes’ on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates go to chasingshadowsmusic.com.

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