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Bloody hell, these lads aren’t doing too badly, are they?

The last time we mentioned the hairy lads, (who I’m adamant live in some far-off borough which is right on the border of Sheffield), we’d taken a look at their certified belter ‘Mind Pollution’, which sat somewhere between the emotional arenas of head-banging and mind-melting. 

Well, this isn’t about that track – so for the band’s debut to our Track of the Week feature, please welcome the puzzlingly titled ‘This is Not a Protest’. 

That’s right, as you can tell by this elongated introduction, I’ve been given the creative licence to ramble as much as I please, as long as you buy the band’s track at the end of the article.

So, this latest SHEAFS track (still unsure on how to capitalise their name) holds a delightfully captivating group of oxymorons. Firstly, the title, which distinctly states that the song is not a protest, sounds like a more traditional song of rebellion, revolt and cultural disagreement. 

And I suppose in a way that this is the case: the tune’s statement makes a bold observation, that anything which is said in protest is often disregarded, swept to the wayside and left to fade away until the next sociocultural issue arises. 

Alone, this premise would be enough to carry the song – I mean, when was the last time we’ve had such a simultaneously subversive and overt protest song, which is implicit in its often-overlooked lyrics, and explicit in its spectacle, especially when played live (with home-made protest signs which need to be returned after the song). 

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Image courtesy of SHEAFS’ Facebook page.

Indeed, in their short life-span, having been established for just over two years, SHEAFS are gradually building a formidable reputation for their punk-inspired tackling of social nuances. That being said, it’s actually less of a tackle, and more of an outright dropkick. 

While structurally accessible, the hook and accompanying lyrics of the track more than make up for it. From the opening riff which courts chaos, and the energetic chorus which provides a delightful background to localised gig-venue anarchy, the track holds all of the core components necessary to set a band rolling into bigger things. 

Speaking of which, remember when I started the article by saying about how well these lads are doing? Well, if you’re a fan of all future big things, you’re in luck – hop on the next train down to the capital, and get yourself to the first of This Feeling’s gigantic Big In 2018 gigs. Oh, how aptly named. Catch the Sheffield stellar rockers alongside a plethora of unsigned talent, such as Himalayas, Avalanche Party and Calva Louise to name a few. 

Check out SHEAFS’ Facebook, and keep an eye out for what promises to be a massive year for the band. 

CONNOR FALKNER

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