Lesson Learned is the 3rd single from Cape Town’s influential folk punk band The Shabs new album Can You Hear Us at the Back, which released via Just Music on the 1st March 2019. Since the release the band have toured extensively across South Africa as well as Europe, including shows in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and most recently the UK. The video is a collection of footage taken from all these tours and was edited by bassist Ryan McArthur, who wanted to give the viewer an inside look into tour life as he explains, “With this video we wanted to give everyone a personal look into what it’s like spending time on the road – we wanted to show people that we absolutely love what we do but that it can also be tiring, challenging and definitely isn’t glamorous.”
Vocalist and guitarist Jon Shaban adds, “The Can You Hear us at the Back Album Release tour was definitely the longest and most intense tour we’ve taken on as a band. We learned so much on the road and we made a lot of mistakes but we’re so proud of what we achieved. We played over 40 shows in 6 different countries and we pushed ourselves harder than we ever have before. It was great to reconnect with all our friends along the way and make some lifelong friendships which has always been one of our favourite things about touring. The video is a little glimpse into the adventure”
Watch the video below for “Lesson Learned”
About The Shabs
Having gigged extensively across South Africa and Europe for the past 6 years they deliver a tight, captivating set that blends sincere, melodic sing-along folk with the raw energy and DIY ethos of punk rock. Drawing influences from artists such as Frank Turner, Erik Petersen and Against Me! the band never ceases to get a crowd to throw their fists in the air and sing along to their anthemic tunes which have been described as honest, raw and easy to relate to.
The band is made up of Jon Shaban on guitar and vocals, Ryan McArthur on double bass and backing vocals and Jon Case on drums, as well as frequent collaborations with female vocalists. Each musician brings their own flare and flavour to the music, adding to the uniqueness of their fresh ‘’High Quality Folk Punk” sound.
Since the release of their debut album “Folk is Dead” in February 2016 they have toured relentlessly around South Africa (performing at festivals like Rocking The Daisies, Mieliepop, STRAB, Park Acoustics and FORR) as well as four very successful, 6-week European tours (UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Rep, Belgium) where they were favourites at festivals like Mighty Sounds (twice), No Borders No Nations, Earthquake and Ziva Ulice.
2018 saw The Shabs launch a split album, “Deja View” with SA folk punk legends, Rambling Bones.
Can You Hear Us at the Back, the bands new album was released on the 1st March 2019 and supported by a South African, European and UK tour.