Cape Town - Cape Town based Folk Punk band, The Shabeen, recently released their debut album, Folk Is Dead.The band consists of Jon Shaban (guitar and vocals), Ryan McArthur (upright bass) and Thomas Glendinning (drums).We chat to them about their new album and some other stuff, check it out here:Channel24: You guys just dropped a new album, Folk Is Dead. How long did you guys work on it and what was your favourite part of working on the album?The Shabeen (TS): In total the writing, producing, recording and mixing and mastering took close to a year. Our favourite part was probably recording the album. We did everything ourselves so it was a real challenge and we had to learn a lot while doing it.C24: Can you describe your sound in one sentence?TS: High quality folk punk.C24: What’s the one thing you want people to take away from your music?TS: We want people to walk feeling like they've heard a real band rather than something that is overproduced and only exists for the mainstream.
C24: What do guys write about?TS: We write about real life. Often our lyrics are kind of like stories that are metaphors for what's actually going on. Most of the content is very honest and easy to relate to.C24: What’s the one thing no one knows about the band?TS: We're all massive fans of lego.C24: Name 3 things you always take with you on tour.TS: Our instruments, a solid playlist for the car and Andolex throat spray (please sponsor us).C24: If you could collaborate with anyone in SA, who would it be?TS: Jay Bones from Fuzigish and Rambling Bones.C24: How did you guys decide on The Shabeen as a band name and where does it come from?TM: The name comes from a play on Jon's surname, Shaban. Jon has been playing solo gigs for slightly longer than the band has been around and the plan was always to separate the repertoire and have the band as its own thing rather than just a backing band for Jon's solo material. We thought The Shabeen was quite apt because it's nice and quirky and signifies a good time. It's also very South African.
This is where you can catch the band live:
Album launch tour dates:Date: Thursday, 3 March 2016Venue: Neighbourgoods Market First Thursday
Date: Friday, 4 March 2016Venue: Rumours, JohannesburgEntrance: R50With: Fuzigish and Satanic Dagga OrgyTime: 8PMFacebook Event
Date: Saturday, 5 March 2016Venue: Arcade Empire, PretoriaEntrance: R40With: Rambling Bones, Japan & I and BarkTime: 8PMFacebook Event
Date: Sunday, 6 March 2016Venue: Street Cafe, JohannesburgWith: Japan & I and MisledEntrance: FREE
(Photo: Tash Montlake)
Date: Tuesday, 8 March 2016Venue: La Casa, Pietermaritzberg
Date: Wednesday, 9 March 2016Venue: Khaya Records, DurbanThe Shabeen DJ Set
Date: Thursday, 11 March 216Venue: The Rock Music Bistro, UmzumbeEntrance: FREE
Date: Friday, 12 March 2016Venue: The Plant, DurbanWith: Harbingers and RoachyEntrance: R50Time: 8PM
Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2016Venue: Mystic Boer, BloemfonteinEntrance: R30Time: 8PM
Date: Thursday, 17 March 2016Venue: The Occidental Pub, KimberleyEntrance: FREE
Date: Friday, 18 March 2016Venue: Malt & Metal, MiddelburgEntrance: FREE
Date: Saturday, 19 March / Sunday, 20 MarchVenue: Mieliepop Festival, Ermelo
Date: Monday, 21 March 2016Venue: Goodluck Bar, JohannesburgWith: Nomadic Orchestra and more!
Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016Venue: House Show, JohannesburgWith: Bye Beneco
Date: Thursday, 24 March 2016Venue: Arcade Empire, PretoriaWith: Grassy Spark and Diamond Thug
Date: Friday, 25 March 2016Venue: Outland Festival, Mooi River
Date: Saturday, 26 March 2016Venue: Sundowners, JohannesburgWith: Slippery When Wet, Bark, The South Shore Ramblers and more!Entrance: R40
For more info like The Shabeen's Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
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