Darren Forbes and Lewis McDonald formed Shambolics as a reaction to the tedium around them: the teen years of hanging around the streets and drinking in the park. With Scott ‘Paws’ Williamson (keys/vocals), Ben Sharp (bass) and Robert Land (drums) completing the line-up, Shambolics soon established a reputation for their frenetic shows at PJ Molly’s in Dunfermline, before their following exploded with the help of a singles deal with the legendary Alan McGee’s Creation23 label. They’ve enjoyed a steady rise ever since, packing Glasgow headline shows at The Garage, SWG3 and King Tut’s, hitting festivals including the Isle of Wight, TRNSMT, Truck and Y NOT?, as well as earning early airplay at 6 Music, Radio X and Amazing Radio.
Playing riotous rock ‘n’ roll with an instantly addictive pop edge, dreamy synth textures and punk-like intensity,Shambolics capture the frustrations and aspirations that young working class adults are experiencing across the UK. Shambolics reflect a society in which money is tight and opportunities are scarce, yet their joyously exuberant songs provide an escape from the gloom and the hope for better times to come. These strengths shine through on their debut album, ‘Dreams, Schemes & Young Teams’, which will be released on February 16th via Scruff of the Neck Records.