Fife band Shambolics sign record deal and plan foodbank fundraiser

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Kirkcaldy band Shambolics have a lot to celebrate after signing a two album record deal last week.

The indie band signed the deal with Manchester indie label Scruff of the Neck Records on Friday.

Singer and guitarist Darren Forbes said the band are delighted and excited about the future.

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He said: “We’ve worked hard for it over the last four years and our managers Jamie Kelly and Alan McGee seem to think it’s the right home for us.

Shambolics sign a two album deal with Scruff of the Neck Records.Shambolics sign a two album deal with Scruff of the Neck Records.
Shambolics sign a two album deal with Scruff of the Neck Records.

"We have been already been working hard behind the scenes and have recently spent a week in Spain writing songs with Kyle Falconer from The View, so it’s going to be a very busy year for us next year!”

The news comes as the band announce they will be playing another gig in aid of Kirkcaldy Foodbank in December.

Darren explained: “Every year we do a Christmas gig for Kirkcaldy Foodbank and usually raise around £1000.

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"Last year we couldn’t because of Covid, but we did a gig in the summer at our old high school, Kirkcaldy High, which also tied in with our ex headteacher retiring.

"We were able to raise over £1000 for the foodbank then.

"This year’s Christmas fundraising gig is going to be at PJ Molloys on Friday, December 23.

“PJ Molloys was the first venue we ever played as a band.

"We’ve sold it out a few time since and had some wild gigs in there.

"It’s always special coming back home to Fife to play and it makes it even better that it’s for a good cause.

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"I think people will be absolutely buzzing for it as well after the record deal announcement and since we have been quiet recently.”

Shambolics were formed in 2018 by Lewis McDonald, Darren Forbes, Ben Sharp, Jake Bain and Scotty Paws, and were cited by music mogul Alan Mcgee as ‘one of the great Scottish bands’.

He signed them to his Creation23 label in 2019 and they went on to release their debut single ‘Chasing a Disaster’ which went in at number two on the UK Official Vinyl Charts.

Two more singles were released.

During the pandemic they showcased a series of classic cover versions online and have since relocated to Glasgow and released tracks under their own Eggman Records.

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The band will be supporting The View for a third time in December when they play the O2 Academy in Glasgow.

Shambolics are currently working on a six-track EP due out early next year.

Tickets for the Foodbank fundraising gig go on general sale tomorrow (Friday) at 10am.

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