Scottish sensations – SHAMBOLICS – are back with the courageous new single “Living In Shadows”, and have confirmed details of a new EP: ‘U Serious Boi?!’  (due 14 April 2023).


A gentle guitar ballad that erupts into an uplifting acoustic anthem by its close, “Living In Shadows” glistens like a reassuring ray of light at the end of the seemingly endless tunnel of mental health struggles. 

Arriving as the band announce their signing to Manchester-based tastemaker label Scruff of the Neck Records, vocalist Darren Forbes explains of the new track:

“”Living In Shadows” is a song of optimism. It’s a song of hope for anyone going through a dark time. After seeing friends struggle badly with mental health and having gone through a few bad patches in our own lives, we wanted to write a song that was a reminder to people that darkness is only temporary and that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.” 

With tender vocals and shimmering guitar strums, the new track seeks to raise awareness for the mental health struggles many face around this time of year — putting a spotlight on real-world issues while refusing to compromise on their usual charismatic charm. 

Following on from earlier singles “What’s Going On In Your Head” and “Like A Breeze“, the track is the third single to be taken from Shambolics new EP ‘U Serious Boi?!’. Produced by Chris Marshall at 7 West Studios, Glasgow, it’s a dynamic extended release that traverses through gritty rock’n’roll, retro-tinted indie, and danceable pop moments. From the hands-in-the-air anthemia of EP opener “Like A Breeze“, through the slick and sparkling 80s grooves of “Take It Or Leave It“, or the feedback-drenched Smiths-y waltzer “Never Gonna Change“; it’s a collection that finds the Shams diversifying their sound, growing in confidence, and at the top of their game. A searing version of fan favourite “Sharp As A Razor” (Live At SWG3 Glasgow) testifies to their unbeatable live gigs too. The EP is set for release on 14 April 2023 on the Scruff of the Neck imprint, with tracklisting as follows:

1. Like A Breeze
2. Living In Shadows
3. Take It Or Leave It
4. Never Gonna Change
5. What’s Going On In Your Head
6. Sharp As A Razor

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Hailing from Fife but having recently relocated to the bustle of Glasgow, Shambolics have made a name for themselves on the Scottish scene and beyond with their infamous live performances and impressive knack for a hook-laden single.

Making waves with key tastemakers, the band have attracted extensive radio support from the likes of BBC 6 MusicBBC Radio ScotlandRadio XTalk Sport and more, whilst receiving praise from tastemakers including ClashGigwiseTenement TVLouder Than War and many more. 

Having played countless major festivals across the UK including TRNSMTStockton Calling and Sound City, while also supporting Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), The View, and Embrace; the band have a reputation for a transcendental live show. 

“We love experimenting and being creative in the studio,” Darren adds. “But that’s only half the story for us. Our shows are a collective experience, so if a song gets people going mad at a gig then we’ve got a winner.”

Playing a homecoming gig at PJ Molloys in Fife in December, which raised over £700 for Kirkcaldy Foodbank, the band are now gearing up for what promises to be another SOLD OUT show in their new stomping ground of Glasgow this April – details below. Further UK live dates are to be announced in due course.


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For fans of The ViewRed Rum Club and The Reytons, Shambolics are Lewis McDonald and Darren Forbes (vocals/guitar), Ben Sharp (bass), Jake Bain (drums/backing vocals) and Scotty Paws (keyboard/backing vocals).

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