Sensational Fifers, Shambolics are back with a shimmering new single “Living In Shadows”, and have confirmed details of a new EP: ‘U Serious Boi?!

A gentle guitar ballad that erupts into an uplifting acoustic anthem by its close, “Living In Shadows” glistens like a reassuring ray of light at the end of the seemingly endless tunnel of mental health struggles. 

Arriving as the band announce their signing to Manchester-based tastemaker label Scruff of the Neck Records, vocalist Darren Forbes explains of the new track:

Living In Shadows” is a song of optimism. It’s a song of hope for anyone going through a dark time. After seeing friends struggle badly with mental health and having gone through a few bad patches in our own lives, we wanted to write a song that was a reminder to people that darkness is only temporary and that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

With tender vocals and shimmering guitar strums, the new track seeks to raise awareness for the mental health struggles many face around this time of year — putting a spotlight on real-world issues while refusing to compromise on their usual charismatic charm. 

Following on from earlier singles “What’s Going On In Your Head” and “Like A Breeze”, the track is the third single to be taken from Shambolics new EP ‘U Serious Boi?!’. Produced by Chris Marshall at 7 West Studios, Glasgow, it’s a dynamic extended release that traverses through gritty rock’n’roll, retro-tinted indie, and danceable pop moments. From the hands-in-the-air anthemia of EP opener “Like A Breeze”, through the slick and sparkling 80s grooves of “Take It Or Leave It”, or the feedback-drenched Smiths-y waltzer “Never Gonna Change”; it’s a collection that finds the Shams diversifying their sound, growing in confidence, and at the top of their game. A searing version of fan favourite “Sharp As A Razor” (Live At SWG3 Glasgow) testifies to their unbeatable live gigs too. The EP is set for release on 14 April 2023 on the Scruff of the Neck imprint, with tracklisting as follows:


  • 1. Like A Breeze
  • 2. Living In Shadows
  • 3. Take It Or Leave It
  • 4. Never Gonna Change
  • 5. What’s Going On In Your Head
  • 6. Sharp As A Razor

The band played a homecoming gig at PJ Molloys in Fife in December, which raised over £700 for Kirkcaldy Foodbank, the band are now gearing up for what promises to be another SOLD OUT show in their new stomping ground of Glasgow this April – details below. Further UK live dates are to be announced in due course.


15 APRIL – GLASGOW The Garage