‘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 Download.
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 relevant. Bravo.”
“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.”