(Photographer – Kyrhian Balmelli)
Hot off the heels of Lightbringers and Shanghai Nights Switzerland’s Dreamshade have released Stone Cold Digital, the 3rd single taken from their anxiously awaited new album A Pale Blue Dot which launches on the 5th of March 2021. The track which sees the band exploring new sounds was mixed and mastered by revered producer Jacob Hansen and features Italian singer-songwriter Rose Villain, much to the band’s excitement!
Here’s what vocalist & guitarist Fernando “Fella” Di Cicco has to say about the song and collaboration, “This one is an incredibly special track for us. The music style is very futuristic and different from anything we have done in the past. A great mix of modern music styles in my opinion. It’s also the first time we have collaborated with another artist on a song and we’re super happy it’s Rose Villain, ‘cause we’ve been fans of her work for the last 4 years. She is absolutely amazing and fits perfectly with the band’s attitude and sound! We wanted to really push all our boundaries with this piece of music.”
When asked about the lyrical inspiration behind Stone Cold Digital, Fella explains, “The song is about the obsessive digitalization of mankind: Our smartphones know everything about us, often more than we know about ourselves. They know our secrets, relationships & preferences. That’s why they quickly become our “best friends”, ‘cause they have the answers to all our questions. We go to sleep with our devices, and we wake up with them. We all know we have a problem with this but act like we can handle it when in fact we are doomed. Technology is in our hands and it can be the best thing ever. What we make of it is just up to us. The video follows the experience of a man from the 50’s that has being catapulted to our time and age. He just can’t believe his eyes.”
Since forming in 2006 in Lugano, Switzerland, the band have gained widespread attention from the global rock, metal and hardcore scenes with their unique mix of melody, heaviness and uplifting lyrics. After the release of their first EP To The Edge Of Reality in 2008 they signed to Universal Music / Spinefarm Records for 2011’s What Silence Hides, and their 2013 break out album, The Gift Of Life featuring genre defining tracks like Consumed Future, Photographs and Your Voice. The band toured continuously and touched 4 continents: Europe, North America, Asia and Africa gaining thousands of new fans all over the world.
In 2015 they released Dreamers Don’t Sleep which was the first single that anticipated the release of a new album. Dreamshade signed with Artery Recordings in 2016 and released the album Vibrant, introducing a host of new influences including rock, electronica and hip-hop to their signature sound on tracks like Where My Heart Belongs, Up All Night and It’s Over. The same year they embarked on a headliner tour through Europe and Asia which saw many of the shows selling out.
The standalone single Question Everything was released on the 15th of January 2019 ahead of their European tour alongside heavyweights DON BROCO & Emarosa as well as returning to both South Africa & Asia as headliners.