“Fade Away,” the latest single/video from Centershift’s recently released album, A Different Shade of Color, reveals a more vulnerable side to the band’s oeuvre.
Frontman Jasan Radford explains, “‘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. In growth there are times of feeling completely alone, in that, we are able to look inside ourselves.”
Made up of Shane Stuber (guitar), Ted Wenri (bass), Mike Tarabotto (drums), and Jasan Radford (vocals, guitar), previously of Onesidezero, Centershift’s genesis occurred when Radford and Tarabotto played in the alt-rock band Bluprnt, followed by Radford forming Onesidezero, releasing Is This Room Getting Smaller?
While touring, Radford bumped into Wenri, who was playing with Bemus. And Radford knew Stuber from a previous project called The Knife Outline. Eventually, the four got together as Centershift.
“Over the years, we got together, formulated songs, and always knew we wanted to play together. Finally, through the stars aligning, we created Centershift,” says Radford.
After releasing a series of singles and a couple of EPs, at the end of 2022 Centershift dropped A Different Shade of Color, a 17-track collection of noteworthy songs via Auspicious Recordings.
“Fade Away” rolls out on Radford’s strikingly melodic voice, traveling over a tight, mid-tempo rhythm and low-slung, glossy leitmotifs. When the harmonics ramp up, the tune takes on an elegant, glowing resonance, surging with hefty yet deliciously delicate guitars as Radford’s vocals shoulder urgent passion, mirroring emotional susceptibility.
“Staring down a bottle that has no end / Open up your eyes and start again / And I thought I was through with it / I will fade away tonight / Let me fade away tonight.”
Intense backing harmonies imbue the chorus with pressing tones, emphasizing the pleading longing of the lyrics.
At once sensitive and intimate, “Fade Away” discloses profound feelings and the rictus of desperation discovered in the human soul.