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 40 The Mood Elevators are an exciting four piece rock & blues band, playing a mixture of original material and rearranged classic rock and blues songs.