Five reasons why people think you’re gullible (or how I became the WWE Champion)

Hah! Got you. Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas, a happy New Year, and if you’ve had a January birthday (like me), I hope you made the best of it. I’ve had a lovely festive period and my wheels are moving pretty slowly as we trundle into 2013. I think my brainium has been weighed down by weeks of over-indulgence but the boozy mist is lifting and the stodgy fog is clearing so here’s a wee roundup of what’s been happening over the last few weeks and what’s coming up in 2013.

First of all, I’m very flattered to be included in a couple of recent podcasts. I managed to make it to #23 in Edinburgh Man‘s end-of-year poll, which you can listen to here and I’ve been featured in Scottish Fiction‘s best of 2012 roundup which you can listen to right here, no foolin’. At the end of 2012 I was also included in this blog’s list of top tracks of the year. Bongo!

The people have been crying out for this WWE Championship/jumper combo.

In some non music-related news, in 2012 I became the WWE Champion. It was a great moment, as I’ve been training hard for years now by sitting on my couch and drunkenly watching the wrasslin’, often whilst eating a kebab. All that hard work has finally paid off. Think you’ve got what it takes to beat me and get this gold? Come at me, bro. Come at me.

So what’s in store for 2013? Well first of all, in February I’m excited to announce that I’ll be playing Scottish Fiction Presents: Aye Tunes Vs. Peenko on the 23rd of February alongside Lovers Turn to Monsters and Beerjacket. It’s at the Roxy 171 and you can buy tickets right here or check out the event page for more info.

I’ll have more gig announcements soon, but my last piece of good news is that I’m playing Brew at the Bog this summer! I’m really excited to be playing BrewDog’s festival in May, alongside folk like Kitty the Lion, Michael Cassidy, Randolph’s Leap, and Olympic Swimmers amongst many other awesome acts. Check out the website for the full lineup so far and for more details.

If you’d like to get in touch or keep up with whatever nonsense I’m up to at any given moment, you can find me at Twitter, Facebook, and even Tumblr. How else will you find out that I tarted up a bit for the end of 2012 or flatter me with ego-tickling questions like this? And of course you can listen to or buy my music at Bandcamp. You could also go old school (and I recommend that you do) by popping down to Vespbar on Sundays where I host their open mic night.

Well that’s just about woken me up. Time to fist-bump 2013, get into a ’64 Impala and shout “hey 2012, eat my dust!”

Or something.

Til next time,

love Shambles



Things I did when I was a bear.

Herraawwr *ahem* hello folks. You look nice today, have you got any jam? No? Oh well. As you can see, I was recently transmogrified in a bear-shaped fashion. That’s not ALL I’ve been up to recently however. What else have I been up to? Well let me tell you. It’ll distract me from eating you/stealing your picnic basket.

I recently did a wee interview for The Daily Dose, via the medium of twitter. To see me rise to the challenge of participating in an interview where I’m forced into brevity by the 140-character limit, just click here.

Later that day, I went off to play a gig at Su Casa in Ayr, hosted by the always-braw Little Fire. The enigmatic Squirrel of This Silent Forest was also on the bill, playing some right lovely songs, fresh from the 30 songs in 30 days challenge and leading up to the This Silent Forest single launch at Sleazies. Links aplenty! Click em and listen and go to things! I recommend all that. You should also have a look about for Celine Brooks, also on the bill at Su Casa. She’s more than a little bit good so she is.

That gig spawned a couple of wee reviews, of the gig itself and of my EP Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea, of which there are only about 25 copies left incidentally, so if you’re thinking of buying one, best order sooner rather than later. If you’d like to have a look at the reviews I just mentioned, you can see them…HERE! and….OVER THERE!

Adding “writer of webcomic theme tunes” to my list of…things I do or have done (good list title thinker-upper isn’t one of them) was another recent – OK LOOK, this sentence isn’t going very well, is it? I’ve got the cold and my brain has slowed to a crawl. THE MAIN POINT IS, go read this webcomic, it’s very good and I wrote the music for the theme tune. Well, one of them…

What, there’s more? Well, yes! The lovely Jim Gellatly played one of my songs on his show this week, listen again here!

Lastly, I’m playing a gig for Glasgow/Paisley-based bloggerchap Aye Tunes this Wednesday the 28th of September. It’s at the Captains Rest with the Sea Kings and the Spook School! There will also be a short spoken-word set from Kevin P. Gilday (of How Garbo Died fame) so you’re getting even more bang for your (five) buck(s)! Here’s the facebook event thing, if you like to RSVP to things, the wee socialite that you are.

Phew! That should do it. Til next time folks, me and the Pope are off to shit in the woods.

love Shambles