Gospel Oak Records
Lead Tracks: ‘Minimum Wages’ and ‘Cruel Love’
Please note that the radio edits are clean but the original tracks contain expletives
Available now on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id971337236
‘Classified’ is the new EP from Shooze, a three-piece ska-punk band from Redditch, West Midlands, UK.
Members Jon Kings (lead vocals/guitar), Ryan Kings (vocals/bass),
and Ricky-Lee Cooper (drums) describe their music a hybrid of seventies’ ska, punk & reggae, saying “We’re bringing the best raw 70’s street vibes back to life with a modern groove. Its all about a raw live sound, back to basics – real band music like it should be heard & experienced live”.
The band’s musical influences include The Police, The Clash, The Specials
and UB40. The reggae vibe has always been big in their home area of the
Midlands, UK and provides a major influence on their sound and style.
Shooze have recently supported eighties’ icon, Adam Ant, on his ‘Dirk Wears
White Sox’ tour, having previously supported him twice already after being
hand-picked by Adam Ant himself. Shooze, formerly New Killer Shoes, have
also toured with the likes of Brad, Adam Ant, Kids In Glass Houses and My Passion. The band featured on the Kerrang! Breakthru’ Tour 2011 and have
played festivals such as Birmingham ArtsFest, Strawberry Fields, and
Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam and Brad (a good friend of Jon’s after they
toured Europe together in 2012) has tipped Shooze for big things, describing
their sound as having a “pumping groove” and a “great direction”.
Live reviews are nothing but glowing with the band putting hugely exciting shows wherever they play.
“You know you’re onto a winner when you don’t want the support act to
finish. Four hugely likeable lads with plenty to say and talent to make it
“There’s a common misconception that punk music is a bit of a mess
and it’s not technically sound but actually that’s not true…Shooze
proved that they were musically capable throughout the evening, which
puts that myth to bed.”
Amy Rutter, blogger
“Shooze instantly impressed the crowd with their ‘this-probablyshouldn’t-
work-at-all,-but…’ combination of eighties sounding reggae
rhythms and filthy rock’n’roll. Integrating a couple of covers amidst their
set, the Redditch group have finely honed the art of pleasing their target
audience…Shooze revelled in their time under the stage lights, whilst the
crowd revelled in the music they performed.”
Watch ‘Minimum Wages’ Video:
May 9th – Birmingham O2 Academy – Supporting Modern Minds