Shai Brides Q&A and Debut Single Release

Shai Brides have released their debut single ‘Joie de Vivre‘. We sat down with the guys to find out more about the band and see what they have in store for their headline show!

Shai Brides play on Saturday 28th September 2019 at The Flapper Birmingham. Tickets available here.


Can you tell us more about yourselves and how the band got together?
To begin with, Shai Brides was just Thom (vocals, guitars) writing daft pop songs in his university bedroom between lectures. Then over the next year or so more and more people got involved, until we became the five we are today.

Who came up with the band name and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
Originally we were called ‘Thai Brides’ but we woke up one morning and realised that it was a bit dodgy. In the end we only changed one letter. We googled what ‘Shai’ means after we’d made it part of our name, and apparently it’s the Egyptian god of fate, which is pretty fun.

What inspires you to write and create music?
Most of our songs come out of confusion, out of emotions we don’t know how to deal with in any other way than to turn them into music. We make fun of Thom a lot because pretty much all his songs are about not knowing things. ‘Joie de Vivre’ asks two questions in four lines of a chorus.

How does it feel to be BBC Introducing WM track of the month? Tell us more about your upcoming single ‘Joie de Vivre’…
It feels great! We’ve worked hard on this song for a long time so it feels amazing to have people enjoying it – even before it’s been properly released. Joie de Vivre is a song about being happy while the world around you is disintegrating, about finding people and finding love even when you’re not sure where it’s come from. I’ve just realised it’s basically the same sentiment as ‘We Found Love’ by Calvin Harris. But that song went to no.1 so maybe we’ve got a hit on our hands.

Are there any local artists that you recommend we listen to?
The student scene in Birmingham is so strong at the moment: Harico are a bunch of beautiful indie letharios – they put a single out this year called ‘Curl’, it’s basically a massive bop, Fergus Channell is great too and we’ve had his single ‘Won’t Stay For Long’ on repeat since it dropped, Midge plays some really mellow acoustic music that’s so lush to listen to live, and also AKA Keyz who’s doing some pretty massive stuff in Birmingham.

What’s next for you guys after this show and into 2020?
We’re going to be doing a lot of work in the studio, and might be hitting the road at some point for some more shows. Our plan is to have played a gig on the moon by the end of 2020, so we’ve been emailing Elon Musk and the SpaceX team about sorting that out.

If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
Christine and the Queens, just to be able to see her live show every night. It’s such an inspiration, if Shai Brides ever put on a show half as good as her then we’ll have succeeded.

Do you have any pre or post gig rituals? If so what and why?
Our pre-gig ritual usually involves a couple of malfunctioning laptops and incredible stress – we like to get as worked up and anxious as possible before we perform, it really helps to give us that edge. It gets very sweaty onstage so post-gig we usually just huddle underneath a big swimming towel and rub each other dry.

Your favourite Birmingham hang out and curry house!?
We used to hang out a lot at the Goose in Selly when we were students. Cheap pints and jumbo stacks of onion rings, it was pretty ideal.’ We’re a bit more spread out nowadays so we’re usually hanging out over Skype – although it’s not uncommon for a couple of cans to be cracked open there either.

And finally, what can people expect from your show at The Flapper, Birmingham on 28/09/2019?
We’re gonna play all the hits, including a couple of tunes we’ve not done live for a while. Cam’s (drums) gonna hit some skins, Jeremy’s gonna slap some strings, Meg and Sam are gonna pound some keys and Thom’s gonna dance around in the middle of it all. We’re really excited to be playing with Miss June, and Harico and Flake are guaranteed fun as supports. We’ve been working hard to get this right, it’ll be the best show you’ve ever seen from us. And we’ll probably play ‘Joie de Vivre’.