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Give it up for the other bands
From the Shadows says support the scene
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

From the Shadows is a Manchester-based band that wants to support the growing local music scene.

“I remember back when you would go to check a show and you’d see at least five or six other bands in there listening to whoever was performing,” said Jim Clute with From the Shadows.

“One of the most important things, the way to keep venues going and, really, the only way to keep the scene growing, is to go out and support all those bands, not just your own,” Clute said.

From the Shadows is Shawn Boucher, known as Bushy, on lead vocals; T.J. Mailloux, known as Shred, on guitar; Nick Robinson on bass, and Clute on drums. From the Shadows has been in the local scene for more than three years. The newest addition to the band is Mailloux, who joined the band on lead guitar more than four months ago.

Mailloux was an easy addition, based on his playing abilities. But other considerations were prominent, since Mailloux is only 15 years old. Getting gigs isn’t the easiest when the lead guitarist is under age.

“The first time we made him play, he did an Anthrax piece, which was really good. His staccato, which means his picking style, was very solid,” Boucher said.

Mailloux isn’t featured on any of the band’s recordings yet, but he’s already written an original track for the band called “Souls of the Sea,” which can be heard at any live performance.

“The guitars are harmony-driven, like Iron Maiden. The harmony guitar and the harmony solos is one thing that we really need to have. That’s one of the big signatures of From the Shadows,” Boucher said.

With a strong heavy metal influence, From the Shadows leans toward Euro-metal, following bands like Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin.

Boucher provides a vocal range unheard of in this region. Clute says that watching Boucher warm up before a performance is like watching an opera singer getting ready.

“It’s very melodic, the way he warms up his vocal chords to do these type of notes and vocals,” Clute said.

Boucher’s vocals range from deep, throaty tones to a very high-pitched, almost squeal -like sound.

“Range is very important to me, whether is sounds like I’m crying out there, or getting killed. I just feel that I have to put every ounce of energy that I can possibly squeeze out, whether there’s five or 500 people in front of us,” Boucher said.

From the Shadows recently performed at New England Cruefest. They are currently working on recording new material that will feature Mailloux on guitar.

Who: From the Shadows, Cellblock One, Armory, In Harms Way
When: Saturday, July 7, at 9 p.m.
Where: Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444.
For more information: Music samples and more details about From the Shadows are available at myspace.com/fromtheshadowsne or fromtheshadowsmusic.com.