This week’s Band of the Week is a rather special edition as it not only celebrates a damn fine solo artist, but also a man whose work in the local music scene has been nothing short of inspirational for the past several years. Guys and dolls give it up for Nottinghamshire’s Shankland.
Shankland is becoming a regular on the UK’s unsigned circuit, rigorously touring the country and performing on any stage that’ll have him, and it’s this relentless desire to perform that makes Andrew Shankland one of the underground scenes favourite sons.
At WAITT we’ve always believed that if you are going to make it in the music industry you have to have heart, and Shankland’s music and mentality embodies this principle like no other artist we know. Whether it’s the emotion in his lyrics, the singsalongs that characterise his shows or his desire to not only perform himself, but to promote and put on artists from all across the world, it is always evident that Shankland loves what he does, and we love him for it.
If you asked the man himself to describe his sound he may go as far as saying “Monotonal ska folk-core” or at least that’s what the name of his 2011 EP of the same name would suggest. However, his most recent effort A Bad Case of the Mondays delivers a far less self-deprecating look at his unique concoction of reggae-infused punk.
Shankland’s ska rhythms really are a scientific formula in party-starting, delivering foot stomps and skanks in equal measure. His lyrics are often playful, observant, raucous and sometimes dark around the edges, but it’s the honesty in these lyrics that musicians and music fans alike have come to love the most. With Shankland it is clear to see that every line he sings is coming straight from that heart on his sleeve,as it strums against those trusty punk-fuelled chords.
Although his last EP was out in 2011, we don’t have to wait too long until Shankland drops his next offering in 2012. We have it on good authority that Nottingham’s underground hero has been working closely with none other than Timothy J Simpson to record his next EP. In fact we are pretty confident that we might start seeing glimpses of Shankland’s new material in the next...few lines of this article...
That’s right! You can watch an exclusive performance of Shankland’s new tune A Song About Divorce, plus a host of other great unsigned talent below, and don’t forget to “Like” Shankland’s Facebook Page to get all the info on his new record:
Festival: Waterfront Festival 2012 If there’s one festival in the UK WAITT Unsigned are always stoked to roll up at it’s Nottingham’s Waterfront Festival. Every year the chaps at Audacious Face, I’m Not From London, The Maze, LeftLion, Castle Rock and The Canalhouse get together to raise money for incredible charities and put on a kickass show in the process. This year those charitable souls were helping out Nottingham Hospit... read more
Festival: Wychwood Festival 2012 In the run up to Wychwood Festival 2012 the weather did not look like it was on the festivals side. Luckily, when it came time for the festival to open its gates for its 8th year, both the sunshine and the fans came flooding in. After cementing ourselves as Cheltenham’s finest woodsmen over in the campsite it was time to go and check out some fresh unsigned talent over on the Pomme Stage. The first act on the bill, was the aptly titled Touch Of The Su... read more
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