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Mixing pop and politics, ask me what the use is.

Photo by Simon Baker

It’s not long now until the Independence Referendum and it’s no secret that I’m a Yes voter. Aside from banging on about it fairly regularly (not too much, I hope) on my Twitter (and down the pub) I’ve played a good few events now in support of the Yes campaign. Most recently I appeared at the Festival of the Common Weal, as part of the National Collective showcase and I’m performing at the opening of the Yes Pollok base this Friday the 11th of July. It was an absolute honour to be involved in the Festival of the Common Weal, and inspiring to see so many people positively engaging with the independence debate.

I know a lot of people are scared about what independence would mean for Scotland but I honestly believe it will allow our country to become a better, safer, and fairer place to live. In fact, I have trouble writing about it sometimes because it feels so obvious to me that independence is the next step for us. Talking about why we should be an independent country feels like talking about why we should be nice to each other or why people should be able to marry who they want. I imagine writing down the reasons and people saying, “well, aye, obviously”. At a basic level I believe that as a nation we should be shaping our own future and making our own choices. We have a rare chance to create a better future for our country and I believe that we have to take it.
I know that isn’t the case for everyone though. I know not everyone feels that way. If you feel differently to me, feel free to talk to me about it, and ask me why I’m voting Yes. I promise I won’t just direct you to a list of my #indyref tweets. I’ve got Twitter, Facebook, and of course you can e-mail me at shamblesmiller@gmail.com. I even have one of those daft anonymous Tumblr things. You can also just get in touch to tell me that I suck, or to ask me if my hair is really as thick and lustrous as it looks, or to ask for free stuff. I promise I’ll (almost) always reply. Bob Hoskins, may he rest in peace, was right: it’s good to talk.

In other news, I’ve got some gigs coming up. As well as my performance at the opening of the Yes Pollok base on Friday, I’ll be playing a wee gig at the Roxy 171 on the 29th of July. Keep your eyes peeled for news about my headline show at the 13th Note on the 17th of August though. I’ve got some special plans for that one. Hope to see you guys at some of these shows, and keep your ear to the ground (or the Internet) for more news!

So to recap: I’m voting Yes, feel free to give me your chat, I’m playing some gigs, keep your eyes peeled, and keep your ear to the ground. But most importantly, you have a nice day. You deserve it.

I’m away up a tree to see if I’m there.

Til next time,

love Shambles

x

 

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Away to the side of the Clyde.

In my last post I mentioned that I’d recorded a few songs for the Clydeside Sessions. There’s a new episode of four every week and I’m in a couple of them, with the sun shining through my beard like the glorious ginger mess it is (or, indeed, was, as I’ve had a wee shave since then). Check them out below and keep your eyes peeled for the next episode! If you like what you see/hear, you can head over to Facebook to check out the Clydeside Sessions page and maybe even give them a wee like. Enjoy!

 

If you’d like to hear me do more of that sort of thing, why not come along to Rally and Broad at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow tomorrow where I’ll be performing alongside all sorts of lovely and interesting people, including yer actual Alan Bissett.

Hope to see you there!

Shambles

x

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Team Rocket! Mario Kart? Godzilla. Google. Batman?! Far Cry 4. What?

I’ve been sporadically blogging about my music and whatnot for a few years now and the top search term that brings people to my website is still…well why not have a guess?

You don't HAVE to look like a total goon whilst doing it.

You don’t HAVE to look like a total goon whilst doing it.

You’re right! It’s Team Rocket. Oh wait, you didn’t guess that? Of course you didn’t. Why would you? Unless you’re a big fan of that one time several years ago when I made a throwaway reference to Team Rocket from the video game/TV series Pokémon and included a picture. I’m still holding out hope for one of these dedicated Pokémon baddie-fans to also be a huge fan of verbose singer/songwriters. I’m sure they’re sitting slap bang in the middle of a Venn diagram somewhere, just waiting to stumble across my music.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to my next Glasgow show which is at the end of the month in the Tron Theatre! That show is for Rally and Broad, where I’ll be performing alongside the likes of Alan Bissett, Katy Hastie, Katherine Leyton, and Rachel McCrum. This should be a special one and a little bit different so I hope you can make it! There’s a wee Facebook event page here, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Stuff you might have missed recently:

My audience at Brew at the Bog. Total babes the lot of them. There’s always someone giving the sly vicky though.

So, I’m sure it’s probably a bit annoying for Pokémon fans to scour the Internet for Team Rocket news and come across my completely un-bad-guy-from-kids-anime-related website, but I’d like to think one or two of them stick around to listen to my music or check out a video. And hey, it’s not like I’m just throwing popular search terms into the titles of my blog posts on purpose.

Til next time!

Shambles

x

 

 

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Deadpool Music Video

Hello! My new music video for Deadpool is finally here! Thanks to Stuart Thompson for all his hard work and to everyone who lent their faces to me to put in the video. Check it out below.

If you like the song, you can get it from my Bandcamp page, where you can also buy cheap tickets for my gig at the ABC 2 this Sunday, supporting the likes of Geoff Rickly (from Thursday), Koji, Brian Marquis, and Rob Lynch! The link for those lovely tickets is right here. Thanks for watching the video, hope to see you soon!

Shambles

x

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When will I get my picture in the paper?

Despite my best intentions, I’ve once again managed to not update my blog for a wee while. Happily though it’s because I’ve been quite busy. My wee flyer did it’s 50th gig last night at the Glad Cafe, I’ve got a music video coming out soon, and I recently announced that I’ll be playing a pretty big show at the ABC 2 in Glasgow on the 27th of April, supporting Geoff Rickly from Thursday. Exciting! Tickets are normally £10 but I’ve got cheaper tickets for sale at my bandcamp, with the option of a wee music bundle as well. It’s kind of a taste of my music for newcomers, or for anyone who has been meaning to pick up some of my tunes but hasn’t got around to it yet. I called it SuperBundleFunTimeYeah! You can buy tickets (with or without the bundle) for the ABC show at this lovely link right here.

I really hope you can make it, it would really a mean a lot to me. In other news, I just found out that there’s a wee feature on me in the Scotland on Sunday today! That was a lovely Sunday surprise. Here it is:

I hope people aren't put off by my big scary face.

I hope people aren’t put off by my big scary face.

 

That’s made my day so it has. Anyway, I’ve been writing some new songs recently so hopefully I’ll have some new stuff for you to hear by the next time I post! Hope to see your lovely faces at the ABC on the 27th!

Bye for now!

love Shambles

x

 

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