SHANGHAI BLUES are:
James Chalk: Vocals, Bass
James Heed: Guitar
Reece Ismael: Guitar
Micheal Stinton: Drums
Shanghai Blues have been rightly tagged as one of the hottest new independent alternative rock groups in the country.
Meeting at an early age and becoming childhood friends before forming from the remnants of other local bands, the shared kinship of Shanghai Blues worms its way into the band’s seamless style of songwriting; a display of melodic intimacy that knows how to burst into life at just the right moments.
B-side single ‘ Honey’ was released in August 2020 and picked up support from Spotify with curation in their Hot New Bands and Fresh Finds: Rock editorial playlists, as well as radio play from BBC introducing (London), and Charlie Ashcroft (Amazing Radio).
Named after a now sadly defunct Chinese restaurant, Shanghai Blues are Londoners through and through, and, much like the city they call home, the band draw influence from a plethora of musical styles. This varied palette only adds further texture to their brand of alternative rock, nestling itself somewhere between the driving riff-led Americana of bands like The Gaslight Anthem, and the new wave of Brit pop-indie charm charged forward into the realm of public consciousness by groups like Circa Waves and Blossoms.
Boasting a live presence that is equally as energetic and powerful as their recordings, Shanghai Blues have shared stages with the likes of Marsicans, Theme Park, Palace, Neon Waltz, The Rifles and Glass Caves, and have sold-out seven consecutive London shows at venues such as the Old Blue Last and The Camden Assembly
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