Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from LA-based band, Centershift. Their latest single, Fade Away, is the last single to be released from their album, A Different Shade Of Color.

We previously reviewed the band’s single, Falling Into, which was a superb alt-rock track reminiscent of Coheed and Cambria, so we were very excited to hear what the band had been up to next!

“Fade Away is an expression of the trials of breaking away from things in life that control you, whether it be Chemical, Mental, Physical, anything but feeling drawn back in,” says Jasan Radford. “In growth, there are times of feeling completely alone, in that, we are able to look inside ourselves.”

Fade Away grabs your attention immediately, coming straight in with vocals. The voice at this point is reminiscent of Paul Heaton, and the song feels gentle and warm, with some gorgeous delicate touches on drums.

As the song progresses, extra vocals are added and the drums change patterns and build excitement. When the chorus comes in, heavy and crunchy electric guitars join the mix and rise to a superb crescendo.

Dropping back again for the second verse, there are some awesome moments where the drum fill matches the vocal line perfectly and shows great attention to detail in the arrangement of the track.

We really must give kudos to the drummer here. There are some awe-inspiring and creative fills throughout this track, including some gorgeous triplet moments.

The addition of harmonies in the choruses is a fantastic touch, and adds a great deal of extra power to the message of the track.

The song, like the song title, fades away beautifully with yet more creative drumming and a piano playing a truly emotive pattern of single notes followed by double notes with the same melody.

This is an extremely creative track that gives every member of the band plenty of opportunities to shine and impress.

Ideas from our ears

A hi-pass filter at around 35-40Hz would remove all the unnecessary sub-bass rumble and tighten up the kick a little more. A cut around 180-200Hz would reduce some muddy tones, too, as well as a peaking frequency in the snare resulting in a clearer low end. A small vocal cut around 500-550Hz and again around 1.1-1.2kHz would reduce the occasional ‘honky’ and ‘nasal’ tones. Finally, a larger and fairly wide boost centred around 8kHz would increase the brightness and presence in the whole track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Centershift are producing consistently impressive creative and catchy alt-rock. Their latest single, Fade Away, is one we highly recommend for your playlist.

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