Shadow The Earth formed in 2018 in Alachua, Florida stemming from a previous band breakup. Currently, their lineup consists of vocalist Nadira Najm-Cary, founding guitarist Jesse Stambaugh, drummer Chris Hewitt, and bassist Andrew Lawton.
Jesse, who has been playing guitar for over 25 years, writes a lot of the Shadow The Earth lyrics and melodies, is influenced by many different genres of Music ranging from Bluegrass, Swing, Jazz, Pop, and Metal. Shadow The Earth’s sound combines elements of Groove, Rock, Hardcore, Reggae, Funk, and Punk.
In our interview, which can be viewed above, Jesse talked and elaborated about his support for our Veterans.
We also talked about Mental Health, “One of the biggest Loves of Music for me, period, is the feeling you get behind everything.” Later in the interview, he shared his thoughts about what it is about Rock/Metal that people relate with that help pull them out of their mental darkness, “I think a lot of it’s the vibe. If you can just start grooving, it’s a lot of emotion. Just to be able to put your thoughts away,” he continued, “That’s what’s cool about Heavy Rock Music, you might have something going on and you can just sit right there and scream some Parkway Drive and be like, ‘you know what, I feel better!'”
Jesse talked about their song, ‘She Hit The Ground‘, which is about suicide awareness. Jesse elaborated, “make a friend, save a life,” which is a lyric out of the song, “It’s simple, but at the same time it really means a lot because being able to have those people around you; don’t disqualify that person, you know? It’s always nice to say ‘hey’, it’s free. Spend a couple of minutes– that wallflower at a show or if something doesn’t seem right with somebody, just bump ’em and be like ‘hey, how’s it going?’ Just talk about something common. Just spend a minute and find out where somebody’s head’s at because you never know.”
Jesse confirmed in our interview that Shadow The Earth will be dropping two new singles!
When asked about the Artists Jesse feels stand out the most within the Florida Metal/Rock scene, he listed off the following bands: Ebenezer And The Scrooges, Fighting Giants, Defy The Tyrant, The Fallen Sons, Askmeificare, and Our Last Story.