A Bit Further Afield: Adebisi Shank

Posted on March 24, 2011


It’s been a wee while since the first A Bit Further Afield, and while I’m not sure if I’m even going any further, it’s certainly across the sea.

I came across Adebisi Shank a few months ago due to being a big fan of their US label, Sargent House, which is also home to the likes of This Town Needs Guns, Fang Island, and Native.

Sargent House is known for working with innvoative, highly skilled musicians, and this Irish three-piece fit the bill perfectly.

The band employ no vocals, there is simply no need due to the frenetic bombardment of instrumentation, and full throttle approach. It’s highly tech playing, but done in such an emphatic and grafted way that it makes everything else seem a bit dull.

This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank was released last year, and has seen the band build on the first effort (I’ll leave you to guess what it was called); they’ve employed some electro elements, seemingly become even better players, and produced a body of work which will be hard to beat in this genre.

Genki Shank (below) is taken from the second album and is a free download (click on the down arrow).

This is the band I’m most eager to see live right now, and thankfully they head to Glasgow on May 9th to play the 13th Note. It’s going to be amazing to see them in a wee venue like that. I’ve yet to see them live, but here’s some live footage to let you understand my level of anticipation. Oh, and the bass player does apparently wear that red thing on his face at every gig – that’s gotta have been boiling at SXSW.



Bandcamp (get 2 FREE tracks here)