Reviewed by Steve Hayes
Shachah are a four-piece hip-hop band, mixing emcee-ing, keys, guitar, bass, synths and drums/loops. The result is a funky and old skool feel hip-hop with a fresh and live instrumental edge. Add in some soulful hooks and you're getting the feel. While Shachah inhabit their own unique dimension in hip-hop, there are similarities in sound with other live hip-hop pioneers (such as 4th Ave, check "Won't Stop" and "Hero"). But Shachah cannot be pigeon-holed as they do their own thing. As Shachah press forward with the message of the cross, we are encouraged to "watch out" in the upbeat and funky fresh title track with Brendan "Proclaim" McPeek showing his verbal agilities with a smooth flow. This is a common thread through the album as Proclaim demonstrates thoroughly Biblical and fluid lyricism, such as "Are You Ready" among others. As Shachah rightly claim, their songs cover a broad range of styles that allow them to minister to various cultures. Heavy guitar work laces different tracks such as "Stand Up" while others present a more acoustic edge. "Choose Life" is part of the album's more eclectic feel, with a soul/R&B vocal feel. "Found My Place" brings a nice drum riff, something people feel is lacking in contemporary bands. Nice double-timing from Benito P. "Go Forth" and "Lion Of Judah" add in a reggae feel, while "Overcome" keeps the old skool vibe. Musical, diverse, funky quality.
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|“Shachah:” a Hebrew verb meaning to bow down, to prostrate oneself before God in worship. And incidentally, the name of a fresh California band sure to be popular following the release of 'On the Move'.|
The band’s well-chosen name aptly describes their God-centred orientation and the 15 soulful tracks of 'On the Move 'will turn a new audience on to Shachah’s mesmerizing mix of funk-rock and hip-hop.
The four Shachah members share a similar background of loving both God and music from their earliest days. Coming together initially through the Calvary Chapel music machine, they began hitting their own unique sonic stride while leading worship for a Costa Mesa college ministry. Opportunities only increased as their stylised sound and message-driven songs began to impact the southern California area and Shachah began travelling the globe as “musicianaries,” performing everywhere from open-air concerts in Russia to outreach shows at Palm Desert.
Driven by both their focused sense of mission and their passion for creative excellence, Shachah soulful brew in 'On the Move' will impact audiences across the UK.