Get ready for a good time with local band The Shabeen

2016-03-02 06:00

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 2016
Venue: Neighbourgoods Market First Thursday

Date: Friday, 4 March 2016
Venue: Rumours, Johannesburg
Entrance: R50
With: Fuzigish and Satanic Dagga Orgy
Time: 8PM
Facebook Event

Date: Saturday, 5 March 2016
Venue: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
Entrance: R40
With: Rambling Bones, Japan & I and Bark
Time: 8PM
Facebook Event

Date: Sunday, 6 March 2016
Venue: Street Cafe, Johannesburg
With: Japan & I and Misled
Entrance: FREE

(Photo: Tash Montlake)

Date: Tuesday, 8 March 2016
Venue: La Casa, Pietermaritzberg

Date: Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Venue: Khaya Records, Durban
The Shabeen DJ Set

Date: Thursday, 11 March 216
Venue: The Rock Music Bistro, Umzumbe
Entrance: FREE

Date: Friday, 12 March 2016
Venue: The Plant, Durban
With: Harbingers and Roachy
Entrance: R50
Time: 8PM

Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2016
Venue: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
Entrance: R30
Time: 8PM

Date: Thursday, 17 March 2016
Venue: The Occidental Pub, Kimberley
Entrance: FREE

Date: Friday, 18 March 2016
Venue: Malt & Metal, Middelburg
Entrance: FREE

Date: Saturday, 19 March / Sunday, 20 March
Venue: Mieliepop Festival, Ermelo

Date: Monday, 21 March 2016
Venue: Goodluck Bar, Johannesburg
With: Nomadic Orchestra and more!

Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2016
Venue: House Show, Johannesburg
With: Bye Beneco

Date: Thursday, 24 March 2016
Venue: Arcade Empire, Pretoria
With: Grassy Spark and Diamond Thug

Date: Friday, 25 March 2016
Venue: Outland Festival, Mooi River

Date: Saturday, 26 March 2016
Venue: Sundowners, Johannesburg
With: 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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