Unashamedly capturing the bittersweet melancholy of the Gen-Z of the UK with his eminently listenable new Indie Rock anthem ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ that was released in April, Red Shakes has been building up a good reputation in the modern Indie space for his lyrics that are inspired by real-life experiences, which allows him to balance the dark subject matter with an upbeat 00’s Indie Rock set up which is never afraid to tackle topical themes with a pep in its step.
The moniker of Bradford via Leeds-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Sam Da Silva, Red Shakes has earned praise from writers like Ellie Mae Fenn (of Writer’s Block) for his songwriting and production for critically acclaimed releases like his EP ‘Nothing In The Morning’ that was released in 2021. His latest single promises to add more strings to his bow as a live performer too, where he gets backed on stage by three touring musicians to rejuvenate the guitar-oriented Alternative Rock sound which carries on the legacy of his 00’s indie influences and 60’s Classic Rock heavyweights with an inviting stage presence and anthemic song choruses. ‘Sad Teenager Song (Okay)’ keeps that same sense of pace running by evolving the sound of genre veterans like The Vaccines – taking the playful sensibilities of their rock and updating it with modern qualities.
“My life’s a mess and that’s ok/I’m getting f***ed up every day/I wash my pills down with champagne, while you watch me decay” cries the chorus’ signature chant as Red Shakes conveys a balance of acceptance and disorientation in growing older through different phases of your life as you cry out to experience something new. Laced with sardonic humor and a teen angst attitude befitting of the track’s title and also directly targeted towards the target demographic of the track, who are destined to join in the sing-a-long chant refrain of the verses and the chorus. Powered by the pounding drums and the thunderous guitar riffs, it is very hard to resist being enamored by the anthemic presence and brutal honesty of the track that are executed flawlessly.
If you love bands like Vampire Weekend, The Kooks, The Cribs or Razorlight – now is the time to discover something new that will retain their 00’s indie rock blueprints while offering progressive commentary on the current affairs that control our society. Red Shakes may be just the guy you are looking for, as he continues to gain his reputation as a promising new talent within the genre.
Words by Jacob Braybrooke
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