Scotland’s next-wave indie-rock stars Shambolics held nothing back when announcing the February 16th release date of their debut album ‘Dreams, Schemes & Young Teams’. Its lead single ‘Never Be Mine’ became an instant streaming hit with adds to Apple Music’s New In Rock and New in Alternative in the UK playlists, as well as Deezer’s Rock Britannia.
Their live show continued to go from strength to strength, with a rammed, intimate Glasgow headline show at King Tut’s and their current tour as special guests to Little Man Tate. They even had some pre-order hype from ‘Still Game’ and ‘Chewin’ The Fat’ actor Ford Kiernan.
Now that Shambolics have your attention, they’re gonna keep it. Today, the Fife five-piece share their aptly-titled new single ‘Attention’, which features backing vocals from the legendary Kyle Falconer of The View. It’s a song which unites two of the band’s most striking strengths to dazzling effect: sizzling, soaring hooks delivered with their rambunctious live energy but given a sleek synth-pop edge courtesy of keyboardist Scott ‘Paws’ Williamson. As with the rest of the upcoming album, attention was produced by Chris Marshall (Gerry Cinnamon).
Vocalist/guitarist Darren Forbes says, “Kyle was, of course, huge in Scotland when we were growing up – we used to idolise him, so working with him was a dream come true. He has such a great head for melody, and we learned a lot about that from him. The reason he’s so good is that he’s constantly playing, constantly singing, constantly writing songs, and that was a lesson for us. Instead of writing in between live gigs, we know we need to be writing all the time when we can to become that good.”
Kyle Falconer adds, “We wrote this in Spain, and it was a very natural flow. It reminded me of how the early View songs used to happen… just beers and smiles."
Listen to ‘Attention’ ft Kyle Falconer - BELOW:
‘Dreams, Schemes & Young Teams’ caps the first step in the rise of Shambolics. Formed by co-frontmen Darren Forbes and Lewis McDonald, the band provided a positive alternative to the teen years of hanging around the streets and drinking in the park in Kirkcaldy, and things soon took off when they were completed by Scott ‘Paws’ Williamson (keys/vocals), Ben Sharp (bass) and Robert Land (drums). They soon became local heroes due to their infamous gigs in PJ Molly’s in Dunfermline, before the support of Alan McGee (and let’s face it - Oasis, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub - who has a better ear for a band?) helped guide them to a broader audience. Every headline tour takes them to bigger venues in Glasgow, ticking off King Tut’s, The Garage and SWG3 on the way - and next time around will surely push them up another level. They’ve also hit festivals, including the Isle of Wight, TRNSMT, Truck and Y NOT?, and earned airplay at 6 Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio.
Currently, halfway through a tour with Little Man Tate, Shambolics will reunite with Kyle Falconer when they play two shows as guests to The View in December. Their upcoming gigs are:
OCTOBER- SPECIAL GUESTS TO LITTLE MAN TATE
20th - Birmingham, O2 Institute
21st - Sheffield, O2 Academy
26th - London, O2 Academy Islington
28th - Hull, The Welly
DECEMBER - SPECIAL GUESTS TO THE VIEW
13th - Edinburgh, O2 Academy
14th - Kilmarnock, Grand Hall