Shields are a Newcastle-based 5-piece band building a reputation for innovative alt-pop instrumentation, delicate harmonies, “pin-point precision, and sledgehammer energy” (Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music). Shields have crafted a reputation for stunning live performances, honed by early tour support slots with the likes of Placebo, Walk The Moon and Everything Everything and performances at festivals including Melt!, Reeperbahn, BBC 6Music Festival and headline slot at the packed Rabbit Hole venue at Glastonbury.
‘Mezzanine’, the lead track from their first EP, was selected by iTunes and Spotify as ‘single of the week’ and was featured in The Guardian’s New Music column, with Michael Cragg describing it as “a big clomping synth spectacular that’s reminiscent of a sunnier Everything Everything.” Shields’ early releases caught the eye of double-Grammy award winning producer Adrian Bushby who worked with them to complete their debut album ‘How Can We Fix This?’ The album has received wide-spread critical acclaim, seeing the band tipped by The Sunday Times as ‘ones to watch’ for 2016, selected for MOJO’s playlist feature, and with The Guardian’s Paul Lester tipping it to be debut album of 2016, offering the following assessment:
How can We Fix This? Is so full of murderously infectious, polished pop, it will make you wonder why they didn’t feature in any of the recent ones-to-watch polls but also ecstatic that music can still surprise… asually adept, fast yet funkily sublime…shiny cleverness…non-stop smartness… Shields may single-handedly extend the lifespan of the traditional indie band.” (Paul Lester, The Guardian).