Music Review: The Shabs Album Launch – Can You Hear Us At The Back?, Or Folk In Fine Fettle

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By BRUCE DENNILL

 

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The Shabs: Can You Hear Us At The Back Album Launch / Rumours Lounge, Strydom Park, Johannesburg

 

Regional music scenes tend to be pretty insular, so it’s refreshing when bands from Johannesburg and Cape Town not only complement each other on stage, but take that relationship further and release recorded material together. Such is the connection between folk-punk favourites Rambling Bones and relative (they’re already touring veterans) newcomers The Shabs (from the Mother City), who deal in the same vague genre, but with slightly different influences.

So it follows naturally – in community terms – that the Bones would happily play the opening slot in a four-band line-up to celebrate the launch of The Shabs’ new album, Can You Hear Us At The Back. In one sense, that’s a brave move for the Capetonians, because Rambling Bones is an effortlessly world-class live band. Frontman JP Du Preez is a loose-limbed, gurning, calmly confident performer who…

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