Biography

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Labasheeda are an art-punk & noiserock band from Amsterdam based around singer/guitarist/violin player Saskia van der Giessen and guitarist Arne Wolfswinkel. Current drummer is Zafar Musharraf.

Labasheeda is known for intense and dynamic shows. They are a raw punk rock band sonically interspersed with hypnotic soundscapes. Tying together a decade of adventurous, sound-evolving albums and changing lineups, Labasheeda’s music has a penchant for concise, stripped down melodies, and quick switches from spacious bass lines and drums to heavy, chaotic, and sometimes anthemic guitar driven songs, drawing comparisons to genre-pushing bands such as Sonic Youth and Sebadoh.

Since its formation in 2004, the band has toured Europe extensively and released various albums on its own label Presto Chango Records, including the internationally well-received Status Seeking (2020).

Never Mind the Hype about Labasheeda: “The art punk of Labasheeda can be called pleasantly peculiar. Hints of hardcore, old school post-punk, noise rock and the addition of a violin make for a wonderful all over the place sound.”

Status Seeking is Labasheeda’s fifth full-length album and available on rooster red vinyl on Presto Chango Records as well as a digital download.