You can always count on Jon Shaban and Ryan McArthur to roll out a solid album of cold hard truths, delivered on a bouncing platter raw folk punk. Its going to make you wanna dance your socks off. It’s also gonna wildly uplift you and bring some realities to the fore.
Can You Hear Us At The Back is a collection of narrative, sing-a-along ear-worms – all rooted in some sort of solid sentiment which is as raw and relatable as it gets.
From the throwback, teen-angst reminiscence of “Tom and Philip’s Song” – which reminds you how things both matter and don’t when you’re 15, misunderstood and alone – to the comforting and forward-thinking bars of “We’ve All Been There”.
The sound swings from light folk ballads to rollicking, rough around the edges, punk rock leanings. “The Future Will Be Great” will have listeners with their fists in the air, and closing track “Red Lights, Long Roads” is a strange sort of ode to the rougher aspects of this life – “What the fuck have you achieved?”
Good or bad or simply true, The Shabs will always have something to say.
Feature pic by Luke Daniel