Talking under the lure of Pale Blue Moon: an interview with frontman Shane Kelly

Hi and thank you for sparing time to chat with us.

Could you first introduce yourself/the band and tell us how it came to be?

Really nice to meet you, I’m Shane Kelly the singer with the band, the other guys are Griff on drums, Mark Kirwan on bass and Jack Murphy on guitar.

How would you define not only your sound but the creative character of the band?

We take the approach of alternative rock I suppose, in every sense of the word. We approach our music and stage show with open minds utilising many different genres of music and styles, we don’t like to be confined to one particular style; the music is all the better for it I believe.

Are there any previous musical experiences for band members and if so how have they been embraced in what you do now?

Yes definitely, we have metal, rock, pop and singer – songwriter, all in the past so it gives us a real eclectic approach to writing music.

Is there a particular process to your/the band’s song writing?

The process is ever evolving up to now, it’s mostly me creating the initial idea for a song and taking it to the other guys to develop it further – that’s when the magic happens as their input is very important and influential in the final version of the creation, which is what makes us Pale Blue Moon.

Would you tell us about your latest release?

Our second single “It’s Not Real” is out now, it’s an upbeat power rock track full of energy and drama, just how we like it! The album will be released on July 27

What are the major inspirations to its heart and theme?

The song is written from the perspective of someone who is being bullied and facing bullying every day, could be anyone of any age in any situation. The lyrics articulate a sense of being out of control and alone. The music mirrors an ominous sense of foreboding and ever – increasing anxiety. The words a bully says are not real (it’s not true) but it physically hurts like it is real. We experience bullying and hurtful words as if they are real and true, even though they are false.

It’s not fair when we are bullied (when they stare) and we are singled out, we feel we can’t control it.

The protagonist in the song desires someone to hold their hand support them and make it all ok. However at the end of the song once the protagonist realises that the words other people say are just that – words and not fact, not reality, then the hurt melts away, they no longer care if they stare then they are free. We do have power and control once we take it, nothing anyone says can hurt or affect you. When you truly realise it’s not real then, you are free, no matter what anyone says. You re bullet proof, it’s a true super-power. You can’t be affected or hurt.

I am always intrigued as to how artists choose track order on albums and EP’s and whether in hindsight they would change that. What has been the deciding factor for you on your upcoming release or did songs for the main do that organically?

I had a very clear vision for that, as I wrote the album like a book, so each song is a chapter, that track listing flows in energy an intensity and becomes more subdued by the last track, it give the sense that the listener has been on a journey of ups and downs with different levels of intensity and emotion.

What do you find the most enjoyable part of being in a band and similarly the most cathartic?

The most enjoyable part of being in a band is the deep relationship you develop with each other, it really is like a family, but stronger, a deep sense of camaraderie and respect, it’s not something you experience in other situations (except possibly the army, from what I can gather).

The most cathartic is expression through song writing and of course performance, To give a good honest performance you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable, which is really a frightening thing to do, but very rewarding when the audience gets it and appreciates it.

For anyone contemplating checking you out live, give some teasers as to what they can expect.

Our shows are all based on performance, quite theatrical, with heavy emphasis on the music and the performance.

What has been your most thrilling moment on stage to date?

Playing the Empire in Shepherds Bush a few years ago with Shane Macgowan, we got lost between the stage lift and the stage (very Spinal tap), it was so dark we didn’t realise that when the lift opened we walked on stage, I thought we were still back stage and had to ask an audience member for directions, very funny.

With everything going on in the world have you tried to plan any live dates for the future?

Keep an on our web site and Facebook page, the pandemic has changed a lot for us regarding live shows, but I think soon we will be back in action, so do come and see us and have a chat, we always talk with the audience.

What else can we expect in the near future?

The near future, is another new video which is going into production soon, so that will be interesting, check out our current video for our song “Supernatural”, the video is a mini epic movie. So more of that style from us, then more single releases and of the course the album in full is on the way.

What are the major inspirations to you sound wise and as a musician?

I love grunge, rock, metal and classical music, so that’s where the next album, will be going.

And finally, what song or release would you say was the spark to your passion for music?

Originally it was U2 “Rattle and Hum”, but then later it was “Nevermind” by Nirvana – blew me away, still does!

Many thanks once again; anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you and your readers; it’s a real honour and a pleasure to speak with you. I really appreciate the opportunity. Find us on face book, Instagram and all the usual places (even TikTok!) talk to us we do talk back.

The Pale Blue Moon debut album, “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out“, is released July 27th. Find out more @

Pete RingMaster 14/07/2020

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