SHEAFS are a post-punk five-piece from Sheffield. After a series of demos and unruly live shows saw the band earn a dedicated local fanbase, in 2019 SHEAFS took their sound out across the nation where they won over festivals crowds at Dot2Dot, Tramlines, and won a slot at Madrid’s Mad Cool Fest after coming first in the ‘UK Talent’ section out of thousands of entries. Propelled by consistent support across major national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Amazing Radio, Radio X and Virgin Radio, the band have also earned press plaudits from essential titles like DIY, Dork, Gigwise and more over the years. Following a stint of high profile support slots with the likes of The Amazons, The Coral, IDLES, Greta Van Fleet and most recently Squid, SHEAFS are now aching to get back on the live stage. Releasing their debut EP “Vox Pop” via Blood Records in 2020, SHEAFS are planning to release a spate of new releases throughout 2021.
The bands latest offering “Spectator” was released on 13th August, raising the bar once again with what can only be described as one of their most exciting releases to date.
“Spectator” is the first new from SHEAFS since their acclaimed debut EP, “Vox Pop“, which was released in March 2020. Produced by Dead Nature/Spring King talent Tarek Musa and Jonathan Hucks, it was an EP that witnessed a band finding their voice and realising their potential across 4 tracks that confronted frustrations with our consumerist world. Using the pandemic that has elapsed since, SHEAFS have spent the time wisely to plan their next move and laying the blueprint for what is expected to form their long awaited debut album.
The new track “Spectator” homes in on the voyeuristic spectator sport of people watching with lyrics such as “Behind the face, scenarios no one can see” Further speaking about the track, the band comment;
“Spectator is one of the most recent songs we’ve written. Even from the roughest of demos, we thought something special and captivating was there. It’s written with the idea of ‘people watching’ and playing the role of a spectator. The idea of looking at someone and not knowing who or how they truly are.”
Written during the first lockdown, “Spectator” is reminiscent of the era with its dark, brooding underbelly delving into a world unknown.
Spectator” marks a significant shift in tempo and sound for the Yorkshire five piece band. It’s emotionally laden with foreboding and evokes sounds not dissimilar to early releases from The Cure. The sound is filled with reverbing and clashing guitar duels. The rhythm dances and moves in a way that can take you by surprise.
“Spectator” is clearly one of SHEAFS most complex recordings to date. It was created with two-time Grammy award-winning producer Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse) with mastering by Christian Wright at Abbey Road Studios.
Following a hometown appearance at Tramlines Festival in July, the band now look forward to resuming their electrifying duties on the live stage. Picking up their postponed support slots with The Slow Readers Club, SHEAFS will be joining the band on five of their UK tour dates in Sheffield, Liverpool, Nottingham, Cambridge, London and Leeds this Autumn. Full live dates and details below.
SHEAFS – 2021 TOUR DATES
Saturday 25th September – Slow Readers Support Sheffield
Monday 27th September – Slow Readers Support Liverpool
Sunday 3rd October – Slow Readers Support Nottingham
Tuesday 5th October – Slow Readers Support Birmingham
Wednesday 6th October – Slow Readers Support Cambridge
Tuesday 2nd November – London, The Grace
Sunday 7th November – Ghost Road Fest, Leeds (Belgrave Music Hall)
Lawrence Feenstra (vocals) // Chris Goodacre (guitar + backing vox) // Charles Mellor (guitar) // Callum Wright (bass + backing vox) // Charlie Eastap (drums)
Listen to “Spectator” HERE NOW
Words by SALLY NEWMAN