Coming off the back of very successful launch tours in both South Africa and Europe for critically acclaimed new album 'Can You Hear Us at the Back'. Cape Town’s folk-punk protagonists The Shabs have revealed dates for their UK launch tour which kicks off later this month.
“We're so amped to be heading back to the UK for the first time in 2 years to launch 'Can You Hear us at the Back'. We've spent the last 2 months touring around Europe and South Africa and the response to the new album has been amazing and even overwhelming at times. For the UK leg of the tour, we are visiting some familiar towns but also some new ones we've never played in before. We can't wait to see some new places and take our new record over to England for the first time” – Jon Shaban
22 MAY – SOUTHHAMPTON // THE ART HOUSE
23 MAY – LONDON // BIDDLE BRO’S
24 MAY - LONDON // THE MONARCH
25 MAY – LONDON // ROYAL SOVEREIGN
27 MAY – NORWICH // GRINGOS
29 MAY – HASTINGS // CROWEYS
30 May – FOLKSTONE // THE HARP RESTRUNG
31 May – WATFORD // THE ONE CROWN
1 June – AILSWORTH // PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS
2 JUNE BRIGHTON – THE COWLEY CLUB
Watch the video for new single 'Tom and Phillip's' Song below!
Can You Hear Us at the Back is available now on all digital platforms https://bit.ly/2DoDxpY
About The Shabs
Having gigged extensively across South Africa and Europe for the past 6 years they deliver a tight, captivating set that 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! the band never ceases to get a 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.
The band is made up of Jon Shaban on guitar and vocals, Ryan McArthur on double bass and backing vocals and Jon Case on drums, as well as frequent collaborations with female vocalists. Each musician brings their own flare and flavour to the music, adding to the uniqueness of their fresh ‘’High-Quality Folk Punk” sound.
Since the release of their debut album “Folk is Dead” in February 2016 they have toured relentlessly around South Africa (performing at festivals like Rocking The Daisies, Mieliepop, STRAB, Park Acoustics and FORR) as well as four 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.
2018 saw The Shabs launch a split album, 'Deja View' with SA folk punk legends, Rambling Bones.
Can You Hear Us at the Back, the band’s new album was released on the 1st March 2019 and supported by a South African, European and UK tour.