SA punk rockers, The Shabs have just returned from their Europe tour and are already on tour again! They have embarked on their national album tour on 11 April and have the whole country dancing to the tunes of their new album called Can You Hear Us At The Back.
The Shabs is a folk punk band from Cape Town and for the past 6 years they’ve gigged extensively across South Africa and Europe. They draw influences from artists like Frank Turner, Erik Petersen and Against Me! And the band is made up of Jon Shaban (guitar and vocals), Ryan McArthur (double bass and backing vocals) and Jon Case (drums). They also do frequent colabs with female vocalists.
Since the release of their first album, Folk is Dead, in 2016 they’ve travelled extensively, performing at festivals like Rocking the Daisies, Mieliepop, STRAB, Park Acoustics and FORR. They were favourites at festivals in Europe too, like Mighty Sounds, No Borders No Nations, Earthquake and Ziva Ulice.
You can see them perform live at Rumours in Johannesburg on 4 May and at Park Acoustics in Pretoria on 5 May. Scroll down to enter the competition and stand a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to their Pretoria show!
We’ve asked them a couple of questions and here is what they had to say:
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
“Ryan and I (Jon S) met at high school and we met Jon C just after high school. So, 15 years plus.”
When did you form your band and what inspired you to make music together?
“The Shabs was formed in 2012 but the 3 of us have been playing music together since we were teenagers in various different projects. When you’re into alternative music at school you tend to connect with other kids who have that in common. That’s how we became friends and started bands together.”
What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
“Generally, just being a DIY, independent band in South Africa is quite a challenge in itself.”
Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
“I think we’ve figured out more or less how to navigate our way around working as a band in this country. It’s tough, no doubt, but we’re really tapped into an amazing network and community of musicians and the more we work together, we manage to keep the DIY thing sustainable.”
What’s your favourite thing about the music industry in Pretoria?
“The supporters are super passionate and fun to play to. There’s also a core crew of guys really fighting to put on amazing events and we appreciate that a lot.”
Your favourite career memory to date?
“Our appearance at a festival in the Czech Republic called Mighty Sounds in 2018. Also, the release of our new album this year and what has come with that.”
What is the funniest thing that has happened to the band recently?
“How we looked for the new music video we are about to release.”
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
“Go and watch other live bands and learn as much as you can. Also, don’t be shy to network and ask for help.”
What can your fans look forward to from you this year?
“We’ve pretty much got our whole year planned out already. We’ve just returned from a super successful leg of our release tour in Europe and we are about to start the South African dates. Then in May we’re heading to the UK to complete the last leg of the tour. We also have some awesome music videos in the pipeline and some more Europe touring towards the end of the year.”
How to enter:
To stand a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to The Shabs’ Pretoria show (5 May), make sure you’ve liked Hello Pretoria and The Shabs on Facebook. Also make sure that you are following Hello Pretoria on Twitter and Instagram and follow The Shabs on Twitter and Instagram.
Then, fill out your details below and in the message box, tell us with whom you will be going to the show.
The competition closes on Tuesday, 23 April and the winners will be announced on Hello Pretoria’s Facebook page. Good luck!