Buster Shuffle have enjoyed a hugely successful couple of years. Sold-out gigs with Madness and Chas ‘n’ Dave was a fitting way to follow their own sold-out shows in Berlin, Vienna, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Munich, Bochum and Hamburg – as well a number of high profile festival slots in Germany (with Lee Scratch Perry), Czechoslovakia (with Frank Turner) and some massive arena shows in Italy with The Dropkick Murphys. In the UK support slots with the likes of The Rifles, The Blockheads, The Wombats and Shed Seven and Dandy Livingstone has seen the band’s reputation enhanced even more. Buster Shuffle’s remarkable year was capped by the success of the album ‘Do Nothing’ which continues to regularly chart on the Amazon Europe’s bestseller list. Radio play from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music as well as XFM where front man Jet was a regular on Danny Wallace’s breakfast show.
Music is supposed to be about having fun and it’s practically impossible not to have a good time when listening to Buster Shuffle. The secret lies in the inspired song craft and arrangement skills of creative driving force, Jet Baker, who effortlessly fuses Cockney ska/pop with an authentic rock and roll sound and lyrics that are guaranteed to make you laugh. As British as fish and chips, its mischievous piano-bashing boogie, with songs about drunken arguments, crafty cats, anti-social night buses, dirty older women and messy divorces. Uncut magazine gave debut album, ‘Our Night Out’, four out of five stars, citing Buster Shuffle as ‘one to watch’, and the band have won a number of high-profile fans including BBC radio giant, Steve Lamacq and Pixies legend, Frank Black. Buster Shuffle's line-up comprises the virtuoso, creative behemoth that is Jet Baker on piano and lead vocals, the best rhythm section you could hope to find in the shape of Terry Mascall and on drums and Dave Gravy on bass, with James Stickley, giving heart and soul on guitar.
After the devastating effects of the pandemic and other recent UK/Europe touring difficulties that have directly impacted UK artists, Buster Shuffle have decided to Crowd Fund the record, using fan power to help them spread the Shuffle gospel far and wide.
Jet says ‘its been such a tough few years with the pandemic and so we thought we’d ask our loyal fans that have grown with us over 10 years plus, to help us get the album out there. It’s not something that we have ever done before but we have seen other bands successfully engage with their fans to release music and we think the time is now for us’.
Jet reached out to fellow punk music aficionados in the height of lockdown to release a hard-hitting AA side 7 inch single “unsung Heroes” for charity. Bands that jumped to Jet’s aide to feature on the songs, which raised key funds for the World Health organisation included members of Die Toten Hosen, Flogging Molly, Donots, Hepcat, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Rhoda Dakar, Toy Dolls, Talco and more.
After this massively successful campaign and a great response from the fanbase, Jet and the boys decided to get back in the studio to put together a new batch of songs that form the upcoming 5th studio album that promises to feature their biggest songs to date.
Go Steady will feature 10 tracks of Ska Punk, Rockney tunes and will also feature the highly successful 7 inch single ‘Sucker Punch Blues’ which was released May 2021.
“We wanted to add Sucker Punch Blues as its been such a hit with the fans. We all thought it had to go to on the new album because it’s such a banger and we know people will be happy about it” says Jet.
Go Steady is set for release 18th March 2022 on ‘Do Nothing Records’ Buster Shuffle’s own label.