THE freak show is coming to town but don’t lock your doors just yet. Rap rock outfit Pop Shuvit is back on the road with a series of nationwide carnival-style parties to get the word out on its new album, Freakshow Volume 1: Tales of the Travelling Tunes. The band spent three years making the album, which marks its fourth studio effort.
“It’s a bit confusing because this is our fourth album but it’s the third for the Malaysian market. The previous album, Amped and Loaded, was recorded for the Japanese market. We have different (musical) styles for Japan and Malaysia – hard rock for Japan and hip hop for Malaysia. But the new album is something completely different because it’s a concept album,” said Pop Shuvit frontman Moots in an interview recently.
After a preview showing at the recent Global Gathering festival in Malacca, the band is getting ready to take to the road for a nationwide Freakshow Tour during which it will introduce the new album to the masses.
The tour will also feature local independent acts such as Bittersweet, One Buck Short and Silk Sounds while Malay indie act, Hujan, is also set to appear.
“It’s going to be a big party,” said Moots of the tour. “We’ve got everything going under the sun at the show. The band is going to be in costume, just like how it is in a freak show, with me as the ringmaster.”
Road-trippin’: Pop Shuvit is gearing up for a nationwide tour to promote its latestalbum.
Pop Shuvit will also open for My Chemical Romance, who will be performing in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 9.
With Moots penning the deft rhymes and DJ Uno mixing the beats, the new album has a distinct hip hop feel set to exceed expectations.
The rest of the group – bassist AJ, drummer Rudy and guitarist JD – come through with the rock textures for the album’s buoyancy.
Regarded as a “straight up, hip hop album”, Freakshow also rolls out a host of guest artistes, notably big names like Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang Clan and DJ Cheapshot from Fort Minor.
On Freakshow, the band has come into its own with several tracks that could spark a major revival in fortunes, from the first single Freakshow/Mara Bahaya (a double A-side, if you please), which looks ready for Top 40 action.
The Joe Flizzow-aided Pump Up the Stereo is likely to charge up the charts with its DJ Cheapshot remix. Underground hip hop has not been left out, with the gritty Piece of the Pie, featuring Inspectah Deck straight out of Staten Island, New York.
“We’ve discovered that we’ve got fans who like our hip hop stuff and there are also those who like our rock music, so we added both on the new album. In short, the new material is meant to keep you on your feet, partying,” said Moots. The Pop Shuvit Freakshow Tour begins at Club SS, Penang, tonight at 7pm. Ruums, Kuala Lumpur, on Nov 17, 7pm and Aloha Club, Malacca, on Nov 24, 7pm. Entrance is free to all three shows. Freakshow Vol 1: Tales of the Travelling Tunes is distributed by Universal Music. Browse (popshuvit.com).