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PREMIERE: The Shabbab Get Controversial In Latest Track “We Keep Coming”

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Melbourne-based culture colliders The Shabbab are making waves as another voice against the racism undertones of white-Aussie culture with their controversial music video for single We Keep Coming.

The mix of Israeli, Lebanese, and Aussie band members creates an intriguing cultural-cocktail of energetic rock. Think Tarantino making love to the Gang of Four and giving birth to an even more punk rock Rachid Taha. The track is a combo of a grungy electric guitar, layered in-your-face vocals, and an exotic percussive hook that’ll blow your eardrums while you’re tapping your feet.

The music video for We Keep Coming takes an old advertisement for Tourism Australia and flips it on its head, adding cuts from ol’ skool white Australia, middle-class stereotypes, and footage of “boat people” and immigrants clashing with police. Overall it’s a pretty bleak observation of how Australia treats those who can’t help themselves…

“Although still very much tongue in cheek, the video reflects on the more serious undertones of what the song is about. To spell it out – the xenophobia of Australian’s and their government and the hypocrisy when you compare that to Australian colonisation,” the band says.

Ever heard of Wattle Glen? It’s a little town in the outskirts of Melbourne where The Shabbab recorded their debut album ‘Garlic’ from the confinement of a caravan. The guys are wrapping their ‘Garlic’ tour with two shows in Victoria in the coming weeks, check dates for their last two shows below!

Viewer warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following video may contain images of deceased persons.

The Shabbab ‘Garlic’ Tour

John Curtin Bandroom, Melbourne
Chopped 2016, Newstead