(Photographer Luke Daniel)
Can You Hear Us at the Back, the new album from South African folk punk band The Shabs releases today. The album blends sincere, melodic sing-along folk with the raw energy and DIY ethos of punk rock. Drawing influences from artists such as Frank Turner, Erik Petersen and Against Me!
Live, the band never ceases to get the crowd to throw their fists in the air and sing along to their anthemic tunes which have been described as honest, raw and easy to relate to. They’ve managed to capture this energy perfectly on the recording.
“We’re bursting with excitement for the world to hear our new album, ‘Can You Hear us at the Back’. The response to first single and video was overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait to show old and new fans what we’ve been working on. We’ve put everything we are capable of into this offering and we couldn’t be any happier with the result. Working with Simon Ratcliffe and his team at Sound and Motion was a gamechanger for the band and joining forces with Just Music on this release means we get to move forward at an even faster trajectory than we already have been. The fact that we get to tour it through Europe, SA and UK is also a dream come true for us. 2019 is looking good!” Jon Shaban, vocals and guitar.
Watch the video for the first single Can You Hear Us at the Back
Can You Hear Us at the Back is available now on all digital platforms.
Since the release of their debut album Folk is Dead in February 2016 the band have toured relentlessly around South Africa (performing at festivals like Rocking The Daisies, Mieliepop, STRAB, Park Acoustics and FORR) as well as three very successful, 6-week European tours (UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Rep, Belgium) where they were favourites at festivals like Mighty Sounds (twice), No Borders No Nations, Earthquake and Ziva Ulice.
They are about to embark on another month-long European album launch tour that will see them playing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.