Self described ‘Northern Banjo Punks’ Shanghai treason have made quite an impact on the grassroots scene since their launch back in 2019. I met up with the band before their headline gig at Gulliver’s and Manchester.
The five piece have supported some big names in a relatively short space of time since forming. They have just completed a lengthy tour with with Celtic Punk Legends The Rumjacks, and immediately followed it up with a tour, another prestigious support slot with Ferocious Dog.
Earlier this year the band the band toured the UK with Hayseed Dixie and this month they take to the road again to support none other than From The Jam and the fabulous Terrorvision. Quite an impressive and extensive list!
Their sound certainly has an edge to it, with their banjo punk inspired riffs and keeping a hold on their Yorkshire roots with catchy rhythms and foot-tapping bass lines. The band are clearly influenced by the likes of Flogging Molly and The Drop-Kick Murphy’s.
In spoke to lead singer Sam Christie who is very excited about where the band are heading. The band are due to play at Bingley Weekender which is a huge date on the calendar, and one of the North’s most prominent festivals (I personally believe the line-up this year is outstanding) and Shanghai Treason are more than worthy of their place.
With this trajectory I would not be surprised to see the band higher up festival posters in years to come. Down to earth, determined and humble, a perfect mix to succeed and continue to thrive in what can be a cut-throat industry. These lads have something special so get down to one of their upcoming dates and give them a go. More information can be found HERE