Shambolics – Love Collides – Single Review

The Scottish rock ‘n’ roll band Shambolics are due to release the single Love Collides next month.

Shambolics - Love Collides


The clarity of delivers gives Shambolics a snappy beat that the moment the sounds flow in to the room the listener finds themselves joining in with the joy of it all.

First looked at back in August of least year; in Love Collides, Shambolics, deliver similar zestiness that covers the listener in a refreshing tangy sharpness though have, in the three minutes and fifty seconds of the song, marginally softened the sound giving the piece a more rounded moulding within which they find themselves space to add a subtlety from which they are able to deliver a track layered in textures.

I was enthusiastic when they were first featured I am even more enamoured now and do suggest keeping an ear out for Shambolics: A band, if there is any justice in the music industry, you will hear much more of in the near future.

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Thula Borah – The Psychopath Test – Audio

Thula Borah is a Scottish dark-rock quartet who will be releasing the EP Near Life Experience on the 27th.

Thula Borah

Thula Borah

From the forthcoming EP is The Psychopath Test.

Those of longer stay will know I make no secret of my diagnosis of psychopathy and three decades of meetings with Forensic Psychiatrists and Psychologists with both of the two teams seeking to attempt to ensure I remain vaguely civil – so I should be railing against a song which – in the same vein that so many like to ‘blanket meme’ an ideology fed by the 1% – that Women only exist to be abused, those who are not WASPS deserve contempt, Transsexuals are the death of civilisation, those of Islamic faith are all suicide bombers and immigrants are the reason you are struggling to make ends meet – which is the actual message from this track – do as the 1% tell you to – but I won’t dwell on that ideologue.

I always judge music, by the music and whilst I personally find the concept of the track as something delivered through ignorance of a personality trait – we are not all axe-murderers and most of us are attempting to get by in a world full of folks with whom we don’t empathise – the composition of the song I did enjoy and I am sure you will too. So – I forgive them their vainglorious Daily Mail Headline enveloped stupidity – and I hope you will too as the song is worth hearing.

I may be less forgiving if the next track they reveal suggests that abuse of women is not an abomination, merely the predators right of expression – because Donald Trump and Boris Johnson intimate it is thus.


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Band of the Month – December 2016 – Readers’ Choice

My thanks to you, on this last post for 2016 for having stayed another year – or perhaps more recently joined – as, without you none of this would be possible.

White Bær - Band of the month December 2016

White Bær

As regular readers know – all articles are published by the Universal Computer time-zone and at 23:59 UTC on the 31st – time to reveal the Readers’ Choice for the band of the Month for December 2016.

From Scotland – White Bær.

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Park Planet – Collisions – Video

The Scottish nu-disco trio Park Planet are finalising details for the LP Rebel Rebel.

Park Planet - Rebel Rebel - artwork

Park Planet – Rebel Rebel – artwork

A band who have featured on the site from time to time since their introduction in 2012. Over the years their style has evolved and the newest track – Collisions – finds them delivering a piece which will have a natural home at an after-party.

A while in gestation, the album Rebel Rebel was signposted over a year ago, with Collisions being the first composition to come from the LP.  On the basis of the latest song -I reconfirm what I said in September 2015 – I look forward to hearing the full release.

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Ded Rabbit – Figurine – Single Review

The Scottish alt-rock quartet Ded Rabbit release the single Figurine on the 3rd of February.

Ded Rabbit

Ded Rabbit

Blasting out of the speakers Figurine feeds its way into the lymphatic system as the just under three minutes of crunchy rock clears away any toxins and hence any lethargy.  Ded Rabbit do not confuse creating music that resides immediately in the heart of the listener with any sense that to do so requires any extraneous superfluous moments as Figurine sticks to the basics. Resultantly the track is met by listeners fully engaged and quickly getting to grips with the lyric to join in with the pumping percussion and pulsing bass while the slight guitar distortion allows the quartet to create their own distinctive placement with vocals serving as the conductor for the audience chorale.

A successful live performance schedule in 2016 looks set to be followed by an even wider audience in 2017 with a South Western European tour already in the wings and Figurine can’t but help to grow the fan-base wider still.

There is little chance this wouldn’t have been a track I asked you to listen to, as longer stay readers will know That’s Life by Sham 69 – released in 1978 is in my view one of the most coherent LPs released and it isn’t since about two minutes and two seconds into Win Or Loose on that album  – almost identically time-wise – at two minutes in to this track a similar distortion technique has been deployed and used as effectively – though other than that – very different material.

Win Or Loose by Sham 69 – in this version the spoken interludes between each track – which gives the album its storyline is included – making the same idea appear at two and a half minutes in to the piece.

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