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The Shades

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Pop Rock




"The Shades EP Announcement"

The upcoming EP release from Chicago trio The Shades drives across the country on a wind-swept, harmony-drenched road trip with friends, family, and an intoxicating summer breeze. The EP, Miles Made of Inches, is due out October 6. The band, comprised of NBC’s The Voice Season 11 semi-finalist Andrew DeMuro (Team Adam Levine), and brothers Phil and Mark Jacobson capitalize on moments of inspiration and melodic overhauls to create a diverse sound.

Miles Made of Inches was recorded in half a dozen living rooms across America. The accessibility of technology allowed them to take these moments and bounce them across state-line studios from Miami, to New York and Chicago; staying true to the title and shrinking every mile along the way. With influences spanning from pop and Americana, to Beatlemania and even hip hop, the band’s experiences find lyrical homes within the EP’s themes of love, loss, strength, perseverance, and the value of taking risks by seizing life’s fleeting moments.

“Only For A Moment” was inspired by the fleeting Chicago summer. The band, who often plays at local venues like the House of Blues, Schuba’s, and The Elbo Room, captured the changing seasons through sunset harmonies and upbeat melodies that stretch into tomorrow. The symbolism of weather and the changing seasons calls to action while reminding us that just as summer can come and go, so can important moments in our life. Whether it’s a first kiss, an important interview, or stopping to feel the morning’s first ray of light, it is important to capture every moment. The lyrics highlight this imagery and message saying “I’ve seen September greens fade into Autumn, I’ve fought the January blues, April rain gonna wash away my pain...Another summer brings me back to you.” - Green Light Go


Miles Made of Inches EP - October 2017



The Shades are a Chicago-based pop trio comprised of NBC 'The Voice' contestant, Andrew DeMuro, and brothers Phil and Mark Jacobson. Equipped primarily with their voices and acoustic guitars, The Shades draw on a variety of influences to create an uncommonly good blend of pop, rock, folk, and soul. Impressive arrangements, tight harmonies, and creative mashups are hallmarks of The Shades’ live act, which has reached thousands of audience members between Chicago's City Winery, Navy Pier, and Lincoln Hall, with appearances on Windy City Live and WGN along the way. 

After receiving nationwide honors when lead vocalist Andrew DeMuro landed a spot on ‘Team Adam’ in Season 11 of NBC’s ‘The Voice’, The Shades released their first major recorded effort in October 2017 – a six-song EP entitled Miles Made of InchesThey have since amassed over 5,000 monthly listeners, and nearly half a million collective streams on Spotify. The Shades also demonstrate a commitment to making an impact off the stage and in Chicago's underserved communities through their work with Guitars Over Guns, a music and mentoring nonprofit focused on providing healthy after-school arts programming and performance opportunities to students in challenging environments.

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