Garage punk outfit Shredd have grabbed the attention of Fuzzkill Records and released their first EP Everytime We Meet I Want To Die with the Scottish label. Here's the Third Introducing including three songs, the £100 Stone Roses hat conundrum and the best pub in Glasgow...
Chris - Finger by Ty Segall
Ty Segall made me want to start this band in the first place. The raw kind of carnage that comes from his records always influenced me to start this band and create these manic sounding songs!
Mark - Punks by FIDLAR
I remember Chris letting me hear this band for the first time, this was the song that really stood out for me. A huge sounding track with so many broody and intricate riffs; something we've tried to incorporate into Shredd. I first heard this song around the time we started out so it brings back some nice memories.
Calum - Providence by Foals
I didn't really know much about the garage rock genre when we started this band but as soon as we started rehearsing I had this image of what our live shows would be like and the only thing I could compare it to in my head was when I've seen Foals play this song live.
£100 + Stone Roses Hat
Our answers would be a bit different for this one! Mark and Calum are pretty sensible so they'd probably save the money, Chris would end up spending it on stuff he didn't need. None of us smoke so we'd probably sell them to our friends who do 50p a fag mate...Chris would probably wear the hat and pretend he was a mod for a night, people would love him for the cigarettes but hate me for the hat.
Best Pub In Glasgow
For us it has to be The Old Hairdressers! We've played there four times in total I think and we've never had a bad gig. They helped us out a lot recently when we had to change the venue of our EP launch literally about an hour before doors were supposed to open, we couldn't have been more appreciative! They also put on Freakender which was an amazing three day festival last year, everyone had a brilliant weekend!
"The spirit of the band just comes from the fact that we're all best mates making these crazy loud songs"
Shredd's first outing has one ambition; to be a tight, consistent, and unbelievably catchy rock sound that quickly and effectively defines who and what the band is all about. Everytime We Meet I Want To Die maintains cohesion despite several shifts in delivery and tone. The EP offers a sugary and immediate hit...fast tempos, thick fuzz and power.
Hideout is the classic garage rock tune of the EP. It sets the tone nicely, has a gloomy atmosphere and a catchy rhythm. The songs outro offers a first taste of what's to come next, as the band reel off a sickeningly fuzzed-out guitar solo. So far, so good...
It becomes apparent that Shredd are armed with intensely infectious melodies and hooks. The raw intensity of the band's live shows is captured with next to no embellishment. It transfers to the band's less ferocious side, too. The Switch is the slow, stoned, jam apocalyptic closer of the EP. It is also the loudest track on the EP. This is when you understand what Shredd are all about. The band do not exactly embrace punk’s nihilistic worldview, they share its disillusionment with rock’s increasingly ponderous, navel-gazing nature.
And so this EP is a rescue mission, saving the music from impending irrelevance by shredding thunderous ear-piercing garage rock gems together. It's all just a little bit different, after all as the band told us, they are just "three angelic boys making satanic noise"...