Shambolics Lift Spirits With Weekly Lockdown Covers

by | May 11, 2020 | Rock/Media/News, Sound/Vision

The Shambolics, who were recently signed by music legend Alan McGee, are keeping themselves busy and their online fans entertained, by tackling a series of classic covers in their dreamy guitar pop style.

The four piece from Fife, comprising Lewis McDonald (Vocals/Guitar), Darren Forbes (Vocals/Guitar), Jordan McHatton (Vocals/Bass) and Jake Bain (Vocals/Drums) inject a lot of fun and humour in their lockdown videos. Also, unlike Charlie Watts, Jake has access to his drum set.

Shambolics will be covering a series of classic tracks in their distinctly dreamy style, with a new release planned every week until the restrictions end.
They began with  a vibrant version of Fleetwood Mac’s Everywhere (a firm favourite in the Shambolics camp), the track arrived with an innovative video showing all four members of the band coming-together from their separate bases of isolation to perform in perfect harmony. 

The following week we were treated to cover of The Weeknd’s Blinding Light, which is topical considering it’s use in the TikTok’s choreographed Blinding Lights Challenge. On the second release, it became obvious that Buckfast was having to be consumed to generate musical instruments!

This weeks offering features some natty threads, more Buckfast bottles, and Jake Bain delivering the main vocal on a glorious rendition of ABBA’s Mamma Mia. If that does not raise your spirits, then nothing will.

Darren tells us how the new series has come into fruition:
“I run a music studio called Eggman Studios and because of lockdown I brought a few things home so I could build a mini home studio so we could record some things and still push content on our socials. We basically just played all the parts from our home and filmed ourselves doing so and then mixed it and released it. It seems to going down well!” 
The new series of cover versions follow a succession of singles on Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label, including the 2020 release: Sandra Speed, plus Chasing A Disaster, which saw the band receive airplay on Steve Lamacq’s BBC6 Music Show.
While further new releases from Shambolics are currently on hold in the current crisis, the band will be promising plenty more surprises on their Facebook as they develop the series over the current weeks. You can tune in weekly on Youtube or on the bands Facebook page, Here.


By Tony Creek

Tony has had a passion for music of all genres since an early introduction to the Rolling Stones and Rock in the 70's. He also loves to write and discover new music, so reviewing and publishing features is his idea of heaven. Unfortunately work and his wife's love of R n B has a habit of getting in the way!

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