THE SHADE SINGLE
THE VIRUS SINGLE
“This is a song I wrote lyrically to remind myself not to dwell in the dark places of my past but to take a step of faith into the light each day I walk this Earth. Lots of intricate guitars and drums that will bring you to a unique atmosphere called, The Shade.”
These are the thoughts on the latest single ‘The Shade’ from The Finite Beings lead singer Michael Nicholas. The Shade arrives on the heels of their previous release ‘The Virus’, which as of this printing is flirting with over 80k Spotify streams! Where The Virus contemplated the state of the world after the pandemic arrived, The Shade looks inward to take us on a journey of faith by always searching for the light ahead of us, and in true The Finite Beings fashion, it is a true juxtaposition of both the darkness and light.
The Finite Beings current lineup consists of Michael Nicholas (Vocals, lyrics, and drums), Donny DePaola (Guitars), and Hunter Kino who handles not only guitars but brings his production skills to the table. When I say that The Shade is a beautifully crafted song I mean it. This song has moments of Alice In Chains meets Pink Floyd meets A Perfect Circle, and Hunter has proven to be a great addition to the band.
When first hearing The Shade one might think that it is a somber sound, but when it comes to the way that The Finite Beings create a song it is often the lyrics that bring the light needed, so listen well when you hear this song as the lyrics are truly meaningful and created with serious intention. The solo is hauntingly beautiful, the bridge is both simple and effective and exactly what it needs to be to carry the song into the thoughtful ending.
The Shade is, at its core, an alternative-grunge-rock track that would find itself comfortably among the greats of the 90’s era, but it has been updated for 2021. It is no stretch to expect this song to reach the numbers that The Virus has reached with its catchy delivery and the growing awareness for the band itself.
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No one will deny the incredible impact that our current pandemic has had on all of us, and musicians were one of those who were hit the hardest, considering that all live shows across the globe vanished almost overnight. Suddenly, the world felt like it was no longer singing, and the nervous quiet vibe was permeating everything, and for a time, hope was not easy to find. Eventually, the world started to sing again, and artists started to show up with new music videos, live concerts from their homes, and now, with New Jersey’s own The Finite Beings with their latest inspired single The Virus, an infectious new rock ballad that aims to remind everyone that this too shall pass and that we will overcome this through learning to connect once again.
Upon first listen, without paying closer attention to the lyrics from this alt-rock band, one might mistake this song for being far more somber than it is. We tend to make that mistake when we do not take a complete look at the entire painting, or in this case, a full look at the entire song itself.
It hits with those gloomy and grungy slow guitar strikes and 90’s inspired distortion, and I am reminded of bands like Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, but upon closer inspection there is also some APC meets Sunny Day Real Estate, and therein lies the complexity in what sounds like a simple song.
If you are a lyric listener like I am, then you will appreciate that this song may deal with a dark theme, but it levels off that hard edge by inspiring hope in a better day ahead, and you can’t help but feel like we are all in this together and that this really is going to be alright; as long as we conquer the liar that is fear itself.
For these three skilled musicians, Michael Nicholas on vocals and drums, Donny DePaola on Guitar and Hunter Kino on both Guitar and Bass, they sure do make a large thunderous sound. I was sure there was a fourth member in here somewhere, and that is what a solid band can achieve when they have great chemistry.
The Virus does not officially drop until August 18, 2020, so if you want to get yourself acquainted with the band beforehand, head over to their Spotify artist page today and see all the other great music that they have released.
Stay safe out there listeners, and make sure to support the artists that are all working overtime to help make isolation
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