In Heaven With Shed Seven
Written by Clare Care on July 17, 2021
My interview with Rick Witter
I had the pleasure and delight of chatting to Rick Witter, the frontman of 90’s indie sensations, Shed Seven. He is every bit as likeable as I imagined him to be. We chatted about how he met guitarist, Paul Banks, when they were in school, and how their ambition of becoming a hit band took shape. We talked the TOTP’s years and their major chart successes. I regard Rick as one of the best songwriters out there. Chasing Rainbows was a massive hit in 1996. To chase rainbows means to pursue unrealistic goals or dreams and ironically that song made their dreams come true. “I don’t keep my secrets there. I hide them everywhere.” Just, wow!
Witter’s songwriting prowess hasn’t diminished over the years and he is still creating songs that have the ability to move, inspire, uplift and unite. Shed Seven released Instant Pleasures in 2017 after a 16 year break recording new music. It’s a winner from start to finish and made the UK album charts top ten. A comeback triumph! It’s got the band vibe. But it’s also fresh and in the now – it doesn’t sound old indie. If you haven’t checked it out, then I recommend that you do. We talked through a selection of songs from the album, and Rick told me how they were inspired, as well as a bit about the process and accompanying videos.
Of all the amazing concerts that I’ve been to over the years, Shed Seven have always been right up at the top as the BEST NIGHT EVER. It’s hard to describe the feeling that the Shed’s live invokes. For me, it’s a mix of nostalgia, euphoria and gratitude. The band demonstrate true showmanship, they sound great and they look great. All the crowd sing along to the anthems. Rick makes you all feel like you’re his best mate. It certainly is Good Times Tennis – and I can’t wait for that album to be released!