The Blue Shades

The Blue Shades

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Four boys from Amsterdam, Holland bring rock and roll and blues oriented rock in a way that hasn't been heard before - with limitless energy and great pure and raw vocals.

Biography

The Blue Shades are a rock 'n roll band from Amsterdam with nothing to lose and the world to conquer. Their style revolves around 70s rock and takes bits and pieces from various other genres, like blues, funk and boogie. The band is comprised of two schooled musicians and two self-taught players, which results in a balance in the playing and songwriting, and many a lengthy, heated argument over a particular lick or riff. They do have a common goal though, which is to perfect the music and make it come alive.

Over the course of the last couple of years the four boys have found themselves down in the rehearsal studio three times a week constantly working on the sound, new songs and polishing the old tracks, all the while with the big picture in mind: playing for an audience. With about thirty shows to their name, they are slowly, but steadily, building up a reputation in the Amsterdam music scene as a great live act.

Currently they are riding the waves of their newest demo album containing five tracks, all recorded and engineered in their own little recording studio by Ruben and Moos, lead singer/guitarist and guitarist/harmonica-player respectively. With the addition of three background singers, who will occasionally play live with the band, the sound has really matured.

A quick glance at the lives of Ruben, Moos, Arno (Bass) and Wilfred (Drums) would show you that these boys got the talent, are immensely dedicated are willing to make sacrifices to make it happen. Ruben Seyferth has regularly been compared to Steven Tyler and Axl Rose, for his appearance and stage presence. His singing makes you see that the thing is real, alive and well. Moos Lamérus will tell you how a song works. Having played classical piano for fifteen years he has a great technical perspective and a perfectionist attitude towards music. On stage he looks good enough to eat. Autodidact Arno Kort has an unusual, but great, creative playing style. Whether something needs to be slapped, pushed or pulled back, he's the right man for the job. Wilfred Boelhouwer (dubbed by his fellow band mates as Willy or Dr. Groove) is another schooled musician, often bringing in pieces of paper with some new grooves and paradiddles. "Can't we play 9/12th?" He'll also be the first one to bring in the metronome to get steady.

All in all, this band is definitely worth the while, exciting to see and see them grow. Don't miss out, 'cause heed my words: they're gonna be big.

Lyrics

The Boogie

Written By: Ruben Seyferth

Mama told papa
let that boy boogie.
I told your mama,
hmhm.

Mama told papa,
that boy should boogie.
It's in him,
it's gotta come out.

Whaaaagh

I was sitting home alone
playin' my guitar.
I was hittin' all 'dem strings
and baby there you are.

Weeeellll,
I was walkin' down the street
singing in my head.
I was listening to them blues
and baby what is that.

I heard screamin', I heard screamin',
screamin' in my hea-ea-ead.
I heard screamin', I heard screamin',
this is what it said-said.

Watch out!
Look out!

Watch out!
The boogie is coming.
Look out!
The boogie is coming.

Oo oo oo oo
Oo oo oo oo
Oo oo oo oo
Oo oo oo oo

The boogie is coming down on you.

Howhowhow

Yesssss I,
I was walking down the street,
Singin' in my head.
I was listenin' to them, to them
rock 'n roll baby.

When I heard screamin', I heard screamin',
screamin' in my hea-ea-ead.
I heard screamin', I heard screamin',
this is what it said-said.

Watch out!
Look out!

Watch out!
The boogie is coming.
Look out!
The boogie is coming.

Oo oo oo oo
Oo oo oo oo
Oo oo oo oo
Oo oo oo oo

The boogie is coming down on you. Ha-ha!

Watch out!
The boogie is coming.
Look out!
The boogie is coming.

Soul Sister

Written By: Ruben Seyferth

Squeeze me some of your honey,
and bake me a homemade pie.
I've got me a special lady,
and I know she's gonna make me cry.

Lay down some of your lovin',
before this night is through, I'd say.
You're shakin' my whole perspective,
as you bid me a sweet adieu. Uh.

Lay down some of your lovin',
before this night is through.
Yeah, shake it shake it shake it girl,
and squeeze me a little bit too.

I could do with some of your lovin',
won't you bring it on home to me?
I'll take care of you baby,
as long as you'll be my

[Soul girl]
Yeaheah, you're my soul girl.
[Soul sister]
Oh come on now baby
Yeah be my soul sister.

Squeeze me some of your honey,
and bake me that lemon pie. [You promised me]
I got me a sweet little baby,
and I tell you whoo-hoo, she's fine.

I could do with some of your lovin',
won't you bring it on home to me?
I'll take care of you baby.
Oh can't you hear me call,
out, call out your name?

Nanananana
Nanananana

Please, save my soul.

[Soul girl]
Yeah, soul girl. Hah.
[Soul sister]
Yeah. You're my soul sister.

Whoo. Yeah. Gettin' a little dizzy here baby.
Come on an' tell me, what's on your mind?

Like A Wolf

Written By: Ruben Seyferth

There's a song that I sing when I get lonely.
There's a thing that I do when I feel bad.
I drink and smoke till daybreak,
so I won't cry again.

Like a wolf I cry,
then time stands still.
I watch the sun
coming over the hill.

My hands are numb,
but your breath is warm.
In the cold night's air,
I found, my lucky charm.

There's a way that leads to heaven,
there's a way that leads to hell.
I find myself at a crossroads,
and there's no way to tell.

Like a wolf I cry,
then time stands still.
I watch the sun
coming over the hill.

My hands are numb,
but your breath is warm.
In the cold night's air,
I found, my lucky charm.

Railroad Boogie

Written By: Ruben Seyferth

Gonna be a rolling thunder
Have myself a time.
Yes I'm rollin' down the line.

What you heard about me,
I bet it isn't true.
But I'm leavin' anyhow.

I'm gonna roll.
I'm gonna ride.
I'm gonna have myself
A good time.

Honey sugar baby,
whatever your name is.
Come along and hitch a ride.

Whatcha gonna do,
when the black moon comes,
creeping down on you?

You're gonna roll.
You're gonna ride.
You're gonna have yourself
A good time.

Lost And Lonely (The Ballad)

Written By: Ruben Seyferth

How different it would be,
if you'd've let me in your heart.
I'd sing you these love songs,
that are tearing me apart.

I believe I've done my time,
but this prison's still my home.
I wish to let somebody in,
but I better be alone.

Yes, I spend these nightly hours,
wonderin' what might be.
If you'd be sleepin' in my bed,
dreaming beside me.

I picture you inside my mind,
the way that you could shine.
But the day that I last saw you,
well, I've lost the track of time.

And whatever I try to change my ways, now baby.
I always end up in that same place.
I find myself laughin' in a crowd.
While inside my head I'm hearin' myself shout.

I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
I'll always keep this broken heart, this lost
and lonely soul.

Y'ever felt you were going crazy,
affraid you'd lose your mind?
While you're trying to tell your friends,
that you're really doin' fine.

I guess I'm just a young man,
crawling in my skin.
But I wish there were a remedy,
for these pains within.

I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
I'll always keep this broken heart, this lost, lost, lost!

I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost and lonely soul.
Yes I'll always keep this right here, oh can't you feel,
I want you, and I need you, and I just can't live without ya,
Cause I'll always keep this lonely heart, this lost
and lonely soul.

Discography

The Blue Shades self-released demo album. Songs have been heard on Dutch radio.

Set List

Keep Me, Let Me Love You, Walkin’ Shoes, Wearin’ Me Out, I Believe, Like A Wolf, Like A Wolf, Sweat, Booze & Cigarettes, The Boogie, Young Boy, Soul Sister, Railroad Boogie. Rattlesnake Shake (extended version) by Peter Green, Milk Cow Blues.

We play sets varying from 45 minutes to 2 hours.