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Album Review Mr Shankley - Forbidden Town

Hailing from Birmingham (where the ska

still reverberates from its two-tone heyday)

Mr Shankley are true to the revival roots by

drawing inspiration from far wider than

middle England - Greek drums and

Jamaican sax for example.

With a plethora of ska bands in the area,

band leader Benji Walsh is navigating the

band to the 'poppier' end of the genre.

There's still room for social commentary on

tracks such as Villians and the typical good

time skanking vibe permeates the whole of

their recently released, long-playing debut.

There's enough here to suggest they could

push on to find their niche but ultimately

ska music translates into the performance

arena much more readily than on record so

it will be interesting to see how Forbidden

Town sounds live. The launch party is at the

Wagon and Horses, Digbeth, Brum on Friday

3 February.

www.mrshankley.com

- Glazz

Friday Feb 3rd

Cap and Gown, Worcester

Saturday Feb 11th

Treacle Mine, Hereford

Saturday Feb 18th

The Royal Oak, Leominster

Thursday Feb 23rd

The Star, Upton on Severn

Friday March 30th

The Mount Pleasant, Malvern

For more info about the band visit:

www.themoodelevators.co.uk

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The Mood Elevators are an exciting

four piece rock & blues band, playing a

mixture of original material and

rearranged classic rock and blues songs.

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