Shanghai Treason’s next single ‘On The Ropes’ will be out May 28th
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The Buzzcocks played their first gig supporting The Sex Pistols in Manchester in 1976; this is a fact that has remained in The Buzzcocks bio for many years. Some 40-odd years later a Sheffield band called Shanghai Treason played their first gig supporting Buzzcocks at Gorilla in Manchester, a fact that will no doubt remain in Shanghai Treason’s bio for many years too.
“Tonight’s openers are Shanghai Treason who rip through a super set of folk tinged punk rock. Punk with a banjo, an accordion. It works. Their set is fast, powerful, melodic and catchy.” – Urbanista Magazine
Shanghai Treason have been fast gaining traction since launching in 2019, the band released a string of singles and E.P’s, quickly becoming a regular feature on many Celtic Punk focused blogs, radio stations and publications. The band also began to take their first tentative steps onto the UK live music scene playing shows up and down the country in support of their releases.
“Future Celtic Punk Royalty” – London Celtic Punks
Not a band to rest on their laurels, when the COVID-19 pandemic landed in 2020, Shanghai Treason began writing their debut album, bouncing back and forth song ideas via e-mail and getting ready for recording studios to reopen. In the summer of 2020 the band picked up a deal with Italian record label ‘Black Dingo Productions’ (home of artists like The Rumjacks, The Real Mackenzies, The Rumpled & more) and booked into Arch Audio recording Studio in Mansfield to work with producers Dan Booth (Ferocious Dog) & Gianluca Amendolara (The Rumjacks) under the watchful eyes of engineer Luke Wheatley (Ferocious Dog F.O.H).
“Dan and Luke have an eye for perfection and pushed to get the absolute best out of every song” Joel Hughes (Bass Guitar)
‘Emerald Causeway’s was the first single from the album and was due released on March 12th 2021 with the second single Wildfire released in April.
“For me, Emerald Causeway is what we do best and what I love about this genre. It’s fast, explosive, feel-good, and makes you want to move”- Tom Jackson (Guitar)
“Energetic hard hitting instrumentation, extremely catchy vocal hooks throughout, and some awesome banjo playing, I know it will have the whole room moving as soon as we can perform live again!” – Alex Fell (Drums)
The bands self titled debut album ‘Shanghai Treason’ is due to be released in June 2021 and will feature 11 tracks including guest violin from Ferocious Dog’s Dan Booth. Shanghai Treasons resident multi-instrumentalist Tom Hardy has said “We used a small arsenal of instrumentation on the album. In addition to the core instruments, we have brought in the Bouzouki, Acoustic Guitar, Tenor Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Piano, Accordion and the Fiddle. The Dulcimer can also be found in a small section of one particular song, see if you can hear it!”
“I’m itching to get back out there and tour this album, we’ve got a killer set and we’re ready to cause a ruckus” – Sam Christie (Vocals)