THE SHABS – vide premiere

THE SHABS – vide premiere


Photo by Luke Daniel

The Shabs release the video for "We’ve All Been There"

It’s been a fantastic year for Cape Town’s folk punk band The Shabs, from signing to South Africa’s leading independent label Just Music for the release for the release of their latest album Can You Hear Us at the Back, to 3 successful album launch tours that included the UK, Europe and a nationwide South African tour. They’re ending the year off on a high note with the release of the video for their latest single We’ve All Been There, taken from Can You Hear Us at the Back.

Having previously handled video production themselves the band are excited about the opportunity they had to work with a full team this time around, headed by director Alasdair McCullough. "It’s been a really cool experience to work with The Shabs: A crazy shoot schedule, crazy stunts, crazy comedy – I think the final video is gonna be a lot of fun!" Comments Alasdair.

"Working on this music video was honestly a highlight of the band’s career so far. Usually we do everything very DIY with the band doing most of the work. So, to have to opportunity to work with such a fantastic team of director, cinematographer, stylist, production designer, lighting technicians etc was amazing, and I think this video will mark a big step up for us." Says double bassist Ryan McArthur.

Vocalist and guitarist Jon Shaban adds," We’re super excited about our new video for ‘We’ve All Been There’. It’s by far the most ambitious video we’ve ever made with The Shabs and another big step forward for the band. The message of the song is that we should never be scared to reach out and ask for help if and when we ever need it, and it’s been amazing for us a band to consistently feel so much love and support from our friends, old and new. Thank you so much to all the crew and actors who really committed to taking on this super ambitious project with us."

Watch the video for We’ve All Been There below or at this location



Can You Hear Us at the Back is available now on all digital platforms.


Track List

1.  Tom and Phillip’s Song

2.  The Future Will be Great

3.  Just Like Light

4.  Try to be Better

5.  Nothing to Protect

6.  Throw Away

7.  Can You Hear us at the Back

8.  What’s Done is Done

9.  Lesson Learned

10. We’ve All Been There

11. Not Too Late

12. Red Lights, Long Roads




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.