Ska punk Londoners BUSTER SHUFFLE have teamed up with their friends while in isolation to help raise money for the World Health Organization. Their friends that made a musical contribution to the cause include members of Flogging MollyDie Toten HosenDonotsHepcatMad CaddiesTalcoThe InfadelsThe Toy Dolls, and the lady of ska Rhoda DakarUnsung Heroes vinyl 7-inch will be released on July 17th via Do Nothing Records and features two brand new songs inspired by real heroes. The first installment “You Spoke Louder Everyday” was inspired by Iqbal Masih and is now available on all streaming platforms. Limited edition vinyl is up on their website for preorder and supporters can chip in extra which goes directly to the WHO.
Unsung Heroes includes two new songs that were recorded in London, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver, Cologne, Dusseldorf and Venice. The first installment “You Spoke Louder Everyday” was inspired by Iqbal Masih. “Being on lock down made me think a lot,” explains Buster Shuffle frontman Jet Baker. “Both of my sisters are NHS workers and are on the front line endangering themselves and me I can’t do anything other than stay at home as advised. So, we as a band decided to write some songs inspired by our current unsung heroes and that’s when we came across the story of Iqbal Masih.”
Iqbal Masih was sold into slavery by his parents at four years old to the owner of a carpet factory. After many years of forced labor, he eventually escaped. He then decided to help over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in ‘bonded labor’ to escape to freedom and made speeches about child slavery throughout the world. He was regularly threatened for speaking out but continued to give speeches regardless of the danger to himself. After receiving many awards for heroism, Iqbal was murdered at just 12 years old.
“You Spoke Louder Everyday”
Buster Shuffle burst onto the scene ten years ago with the sole purpose of entertaining and bringing their raucous tunes to beer wielding audiences, seamlessly straddling the ska, punk and rock and roll genres. Over the past decade, they’ve become one of the UK’s most formidable ska punk bands to emerge. They also managed to grab the attention of UNCUT MagazineThe Guardian, and The Mirror along the way. In addition, they’ve been taken out on tour by everyone from The Mighty Mighty BossToneS to The Interrupters to Flogging Molly to Less Than Jake to Me First and the Gimme Gimmies.