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New releases from Shambolics and Opus Kink

Updated: May 2

Shambling in Glasgow or kinking in Brighton, we've got two more of the best recent single releases.

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Artist: Shambolics

Track: Take It Or Leave It

Publicity shot for Glasgow band Shambolics
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Glasgow based Shambolics have released their new single Take It Or Leave It.

It has an indie pop vibe with the ever strong vocals of Darren Forbes at the forefront. Anthemic with jangling guitars and a chorus that will become an earworm Take It Or Leave It is a song for the summer. Perhaps a little less raucous than previous singles, Take It Or Leave It demonstrates the versatility of Shambolics.

The lyrics talk of a relationship that’s heading down a one-way street with no easy way back. Darren further explains: “We wanted to write a tune with a bit more of a groove and a bit more space. I think this track has a summery feel to it too. When we wrote it we already had the chorus and bassline and just worked the chords around that. The lyrics are pretty much about someone who is making an effort with someone but getting none back, and they’re pretty much just saying: ‘take it or leave it’.” The new EP U SERIOUS BOI?! will be their debut release on tastemaker imprint Scruff of the Neck Records and is produced by Chris Marshall at 7 West Studios in Glasgow.

“We love experimenting and being creative in the studio,” Darren adds. “But that’s only half the story for us. Our shows are a collective experience, so if a song gets people going mad at a gig then we’ve got a winner.” There is an opportunity to be part of that collective Shambolics live experience as they hit the road beginning in Glasgow on 15 April.

Shambolics Live Dates

15th April - The Garage, Glasgow

20th April - Manchester Deaf Institute

4th May - Adelphi, Hull

5th May - Fulford Arms, York

12th May - The Rocking Chair, Wrexham

13th May - Ku Bar, Stockton

14th May - Oporto, Leeds

18th May - Cafe Indie, Scunthorpe

19th May - EBGBS, Liverpool

20th May - Sebright Arms, London

21st May - Dead Wax, Birmingham

Tickets are available now

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Artist: Opus Kink

Track: 1 : 18

Brighton band Opus Kink
Photo Anya Rose

Brighton sextet Opus Kink have dropped the second single from their forthcoming EP My Eyes, Brother! which is set for release on 19 May via Nice Swan Records. The new single 1 : 18 continues their mob mentally musical mayhem, all raucous chaos. However 1 : 18 begins calmly and quietly enough, as if slowly being wound up. The heavy breathing entices us in and then all hell breaks loose.

Both lyrics and soundscape are surreal and I suspect Opus Kink do not care if they are not understood, they want you to embrace the chaos and the mayhem and in doing so set yourself free.

“And look what comes, slouching towards us Just turned away from Bethlehem It comes to revile, it comes to abhor us All clinging like a child to the vicar's hem.”

Speaking ahead of their newest release, Opus Kink stated: “This is a song about letting your hair down and finding peace in the unreasonable squalid indifference of the universe.. You do you, hun!”

Opus Kink are preparing for their biggest headline shows to date (including London’s iconic Village Underground) in the spring, followed by a slew of festival dates throughout the summer months. I suggest you join the mob and dance your troubles away.

Opus Kink Live Dates

8th Apr - Stockton Calling, Stockton-on-Tees 9th Apr - Tarantino Fest, Hull 14th Apr - Saint Lô, Le Normandy 15th Apr - Motel Mozaique, Rotterdam 26th Apr - Trix, Antwerp, Belgium 27th Apr - Orangepop festival, Nijmegen 28th Apr - Supersonic, Paris 30th Apr - Sound City Festival, Liverpool 4th May - Focus Festival, Wrexham

5th May - Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate 6th May - Are You Listening? Festival, Reading 19th May - Band On The Wall, Manchester 20th May - King Tuts, Glasgow 21st May - ZEROX, Newcastle 23rd May - Village Underground, London 26th May - Bearded Theory Festival, Derby

27th May - Live At Leeds In The Park 27th May - Dot to Dot Festival, Bristol 28th May - Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham 1st June - Bedford Esquires, Bedford 2nd June - Patterns, Brighton

9th June - Music Barn Festival, Kettering 10th June - Long Division Festival, Wakefield 21st July - Truck Festival, Oxford


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