British psych-pop band SHIELDS return after a two-year absence with their new single ‘Evidence’.
Since the release of their debut album, ‘How Can We Fix This?’, SHIELDS have been sharing music from other artists on their social media accounts as those artists are on the label the band founded in late 2015.
The record label and artist management company ‘Kaleidoscope’ was used as a platform to share their own release. Explaining the decision to focus more on developing their label, rather than on releasing their own material, over the last two years, singer and guitarist Luke Elgie said: “It kind of happened by accident, if I’m totally honest!
“We were sent a demo by a band from London called Organised Scum, just after they’d been on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6Music show alongside us.
“We never really intended to set up a commercial label, but we all really loved the tracks they sent us, so figured we might as well use the label apparatus we’d built to help them get a few tracks out.”
Now back focusing on their own material, ‘Evidence’ sees the band carry on from where they so predominantly left off. The band’s incredible knack for creating immediate, catchy alt-pop hits you in the sweet spot. Driven by funky guitars and bass, the track’s lyrics also seem to perfectly capture the zeitgeist, espousing a frustration at not being able to believe a word they hear, with the chorus’ vocal hook repeatedly demanding to be shown ‘the evidence’.
The track’s guitar solos offer an explosive musical release to this frustration and remind us of the incredible technical ability that has seen the band draw comparisons to Everything Everything and Wild Beasts.
The single ‘Evidence’ is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Etemenanki’, which will be released in October.