Hey hey hey! Let’s sing Shambala!
New York-based band Five Townz undertook this remake of the 70ies fave Shambala.
Wow! I thought when I first heard the song, I want to write a review. Usually, I’m not into seventies music and remakes make me yawn most of the time. But this one’s quite different! I didn’t want to go into the review biased so I resisted the urge to refresh my memory of the original song. I just let the single hit my ears, and yeah it did hit! Shambala has great melody and lyrics, it’s a happy song, a "feelgood," and the spirit of the songs couldn’t have been captured better than it was by Five Townz here.
I love those bright guitars, the really smooth vocalist with the husky voice that you could go on listening to endlessly: Add to that a bright background choir, unlike anything done today—the production is modern, yet has reminiscences of the seventies sound, nice and bright: a real sing-along to be played at your pool party with lots of shaking and dancing going on. I am hard put to say what this sounds like. The best I can come up with is a mash-up of the Beach Boys and The Byrds transferred into the year 2012!
A short visit to Five Townz web presence doesn’t tell me much about the band but I find out how popular the song is, having reached well over 90, 000 plays in just a few months!
Awesome, isn’t it? I recommend checking these boys out for more—you might get addicted!
For those interested in the history of the song: It was originally written by songwriter Daniel Moore in 1973 and published by Universal Music Group (which also mastered the Five Townz version). It was hit single for Three Dog Night and BW Stevenson almost at the same time.
-Review by Heidi Bobal, PR, A&R, management, SixtySix Records (Germany)