LOSING YOUR MIND
Shambolics have recently released their latest single ‘Losing Your Mind’ on their own independent label, Eggman Records, ahead of a long-awaited string of UK dates and their sold-out show at SWG3 in Glasgow.
After restrictions were lifted in early 2021, the band relocated themselves and their Eggman Studios to Glasgow where they found a kindred spirit in producer Chris Marshall (Gerry Cinnamon / The Dunts / Baby Strange) who helped them realise what the influence of living in a big city meant to them as a band. The result was a more honest, gritty songwriting and sound whilst keeping the melodies and upbeat vibe that they have become so well known for.
Co-front man Darren Forbes has said of the new single;
“‘Losing Your Mind’ is a song about struggle and survival, and things we’ve seen growing up where we’re from in Fife. It’s tells the stories of numerous characters we’ve known along the way and the things they do just to get by. Sometimes it feels like an achievement just to make it from one day to the next without losing your mind.”
‘Losing Your Mind’ comes with an evocative lyric video, a collaboration with legendary Glasgow photographer Brian Anderson, whose black and white reportage images of city life in all its guises brings an extra poignancy to the song as it builds to an anthemic peak. Having working personally with Brian this past couple of years, I’m very much looking forward to seeing the magic he has created for the band.
Listening to the track it starts of slow and melodic with soft lilting , undeniably Scottish vocals accompanied by toned down instrumentals. It’s almost wistful and haunting, raising up evocative memories, and then the crescendo starts to build like a rush of adrenaline to the soul. Its a tune that catches you unaware and whisks you away in joyful abandonment. It’s a track that is surely going to go off when performed live. The crowd swaying in obedient anticipation waiting for hat they know is about to be unleashed. Indeed Forbes has said;
“Everything we do revolves around the live performance and how a song we write will go down with the crowd. We love experimenting and being creative in the studio, 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. We’re like the cheerleaders but the crowd brings the energy we need to perform at our best. The bigger the crowd, the more energy there is for us to feed off. We’re so excited to get back out on the road.”
Listen to ‘Losing Your Mind’ here now
SHAMBOLICS are out on tour in the UK and Scotland this April/May – check out dates below.
Friday 15th – Preston, The Ferret
Saturday 16th – Stockton Calling Festival
Thursday 21st – Manchester, The Castle Hotel
Friday 22nd – London, The Grace
Saturday 23rd – Hull, The Polar Bear
Sunday 24th – Leeds, Oporto
Saturday 30th – Liverpool, Sound City Festival
Friday 6th – St Andrews, The Vic
Friday 20th – Glasgow, SWG3 – SOLD OUT
Words by Sally Newman