The Indianapolis-based band Shadeland was formed in 1997 by singer/guitarist Allen Kell and drummer Brad Hudgins. The two songwriters played together under a few different band names along with bassist James Wuerch. The band sought to add another layer to their already powerful sound by adding keyboard player Ian Donahue in 2004. Shadeland released their debut album "Escape Plan" in March 2005 on Burning Bridges Records. The effort was recorded and mixed by singer/guitarist Allen Kell. Shadeland can best be described as an indie rock band with more hooks than a pirate convention.