The power and energy that emanates from Edinburgh-based Rebecca ‘SHEARS’ Shearing is undoubtedly evident, but so too are the cadences that flow at times with a shimmering sadness. SHEARS is pop music with a dark edge.
After eighteen months spent locked away writing, recording and playing noisy shows under various pseudonyms, SHEARS’ debut single Circle Line was released on Friday 1 March 2019.
Growing up in Ayr, she was singing opera from the age of five, taking on piano, flute, and guitar through adolescence, all the while burying a deep love of Christina Aguilera and Destiny's Child under stacks of notation and music theory. Having spent her formative years as a notable early star of the YouTube music community, which saw her build a vast online following, she moved to the capital aged 17 to study vocals at university, where she began writing the songs she wanted to sing.
‘Lyric writing for me is a great way to rid myself of any angst’ she explains. ‘Circle Line is about being stuck in an endless loop in a situation you could walk away from if you made the choice to. It's about not learning, and not coming to your senses before you're sent back around the loop again.’
Inspired by real-life frustrations and the innate desire to respond to those feelings, Circle Line was recorded at home, with the help of elusive Glasgow-based producer ‘Samson’ and mixed by Matty Green (Dua Lipa, Lady Gaga, Hurts).
Meet you at the Circle Line.