There’s really no messing about with ‘Room In My House’. The opening track off Shed Seven’s first album in a whopping 16 years begins with a Stone Roses type riff-led build and immediate “whoa-oh-oh” chants before anything resembling a verse even kicks in. It’s high-impact. It gets the heart rate up. It’s 100% immediate. The 11 tracks that follow are all cut from the same cloth. Take ‘Hang On To Yourself’, a slower number that grows and evolves with every phrase, adding horns, strings and eventually a gospel choir a la Primal Scream. The statement is bold and it’s clear. Confident and firing on all cylinders, Shed Seven are a band on a mission.
‘Instant Pleasures’ (out on November 10th) is the most fitting title for this, their fifth album and their first since 2001’s ‘Truth Be Told’. Frontman Rick Witter remarks that it works in two ways. Not only is it a comment on our tech-obsessed, social media crazy, instantaneous world, it’s also a literal tongue-in-cheek reference to the tracks themselves. “Whatever you want these days you just click a button and you’re instantly pleasured,” says Witter. “It’s certainly the way the world seems to turn at the minute. But it’s also a nice little nod because if you were to play our album you’d be instantly pleasured. There are twelve pretty damn cool songs on there.”
It’s wonderful to hear that level of ownership and pride from Witter. As a band, Shed Seven’s history hasn’t always been plain sailing. In 2017, however, they’re in an extraordinary position. This might be their first record in 16 years but they’ve already sold over 50,000 tickets in advance of their next tour without anyone hearing a note. The album pre-orders are enough to make ‘Instant Pleasures’ a Top 10 chart album every week this year. Together with his lifelong cohorts Paul Banks (guitar), Joe Johnson (guitar), Tom Gladwin (bass) and Alan Leach (drums), Witter is in his forties now and there’s a can-do attitude that pervades everything he does. The one thing that hasn’t and will never change is that their dreams and aspirations are as big as they were when the lads were all just young Yorkshire boys in school, imagining themselves on big stages.