We got to chat with SHAMBOLICS and the group of indie dreamers who are set to release their energetic single ‘Love Collides’ on the 2nd of October. 

As the Scottish music scene continues to grow and more music pops up out of nowhere, the SHAMBOLICS are at the forefront of something great right now. Constantly creating energetic, dreamy guitar music they’ve managed to wrack up over 10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Their 80’s infused tunes are flawless and their jangly melodies are sprinkled in brit-pop excellence.

We chat with Darren who talks all things dream collaborations and their favourite and surreal most moments they’ve encountered whilst being in the band. 


What has your journey been like throughout the music industry, what’s been your most surreal experience?

It’s been great. We’ve had a fair amount of bumps on the road but everything always works out in the end. Our most surreal experience is signing a record deal with Alan McGee. Still doesn’t seem real at times!

What is the best gig you’ve ever played?

The best gig we have ever played has got to be our sold-out show at St Lukes in Glasgow. Was the first time we played a show that capacity and to sell it out in advance and in a city like Glasgow it was just surreal. Just unfortunate that lockdown happened a few weeks after it!

Is there anywhere you would really love to play in the future?

We’d love to do the Barrowlands. We’ve set a goal to ourselves to never ever go to a gig in the barras until we play it. That goal is still in place and we’ve missed out on attending so many good gigs there. But we will play there one day and it’ll all be worth it.

What’s your personal favourite song of yours?

Probably ‘Love Collides’. it’s a huge fan favourite at the gigs and it usually goes off when we play it live.

You’re releasing your latest single, ‘Love Collides’ in October. What can you tell us about this?

It’s a song we’ve had for a while. It goes off at the gigs. It’s a proper energetic song live. I think the song has just grown and got better through time, to be honest. This version sounds massive and I’m pretty certain people are gonna love it.

You’ve released a huge wave of singles over the past two years, is it fair to say we’re getting close to an album?

It will happen one day. We don’t want to do it too early. We want our album to go down in the history books and stand the test of time. I want people in 10/20/30 years time to still be talking about it. So the timing has got to be right. But we’ve got more than enough material sitting there for one.

If you could collaborate with any artist (living or dead) who would it be and why?

John Lennon or Paul McCartney would be class. Nile Rodgers would be amazing as well. I would love to do an album with Kevin Parker. He said he wants to do more production stuff in the future. It would sound absolutely unbelievable to do an album with him.

Jack Horsley

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