Interview: ShangralasPosted by: Claudia Downs
Goldthorpe lads Shangralas create high energy, distinctly Yorkshire indie-rock. We caught up with vocalist Danny Way about how the band formed, their latest single White Gold, and what to expect in the future.
Three of the band, Max (lead guitar), Jordan (drums) and Brad (bass guitar), started out in a previous band called The Harrington’s. When the vocalist for their previous band left, Max brought in his friend Danny, and Shangralas were formed. “Coincidentally,” says Danny “Max’s uncle and Jordan’s grandad were also in a band together in the late 50’s! We only found out about that once we started gigging together.”
The band released their latest single, White Gold, in January 2020. “White Gold is inspired by some of our earlier demos, which were much darker than the songs we originally released,” says Danny. “Most of the songs that Max and I write have specific meaning, or refer to previous events in our lives, but with this song there isn’t a specific meaning behind it. We co-wrote it over a period of time.”
The Sheffield music scene has of course produced some indie big-hitters like the Arctic Monkeys and Milburn. In 2020, the city is home to a vibrant scene of unsigned rock bands. So what makes Shangralas stand out? “I think what makes us different from other Sheffield bands is that we don’t stick to one specific sound, and we enjoy changing up our sound all the time. We have a track we’ll be releasing soon called Perfect Education, which is quite soft and melodic, and nothing like White Gold!
Our main inspirations are Oasis, The Beatles, The Stone Roses and The Jam. But there’s other stuff in there too; Max really likes 90’s hip hop, and I enjoy a lot of the new grime scene. Jordan loves the DMA’s and is very up to date on new music, whereas Brad loves the 60’s and the early Mod scene. So there’s a lot of different influences there.”
Shangralas are poised for big things; their previous single ‘17’ racked up 10,000 streams on Spotify in 2 months, without any radio support. They will hopefully hit the Leadmill stage for the first time on 1st May (although this of course depends on the state of the pandemic.) So what can fans expect from Shangralas in the future? “As I mentioned, our new track Perfect Education will be out soon. It was recorded at Magic Garden studios in Wolverhampton a while back - a teaser of the track we put out has received a huge response!”