RAPTURE: The (Music) Video Game

I’ve been working on this for a while and I’m super-excited to share it with you all! Last year I started making a wee game on Scratch which would double as a music video for my song ‘Rapture’. Then a month or so ago, my good friend Gus stepped in to port the game to Unity. And now we have a finished game!

it’s a-me!

Go check it out at https://shamblesmiller.itch.io/rapture and let me know what you think. If you like it and feel like helping out an idiot musician who just quit his day job to go study software development, why not buy some of my music? You can do so at http://shamblesmiller.bandcamp.com for any price you like. And if you can’t afford to pay for it, just download it for free ^__^

Alternatively, you could buy me a coffee with this link: Ko-fi.com/shamblesmiller 

Hope you enjoy the game, and have a great day!

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WILL SWAP GIG TICKETS FOR STUFF AND THINGS

Hey! I’m playing a show at the 13th Note on the 15th of April and instead of selling tickets, I feel like swapping them for, well, anything really. I’m feeling whimsical.

So if you’d like to come to my gig, you can have a ticket in exchange for just about anything.

For example:

– A book you don’t want any more
– A really cool pen
– Unwanted t-shirts
– A toy dinosaur
– A poem (if you wrote it)
– A packet of batteries
– A can of beer
– A goldfish
– Money (if you really want to)
– A right good story (as long as I can tell it to people)
– Whatever’s in your desk drawer

These are just suggestions of course. It’s up to you!

So if you want a ticket just e-mail me at shamblesmiller@gmail.com and tell me what you’d like to swap for a ticket. Then I’ll e-mail you back and let you know if you got one of the tickets (there’s only about 12 available). If it’s a digital thing (like a poem for example) then the ticket will be on the door for you. If it’s a physical object (like an old skateboard) then I’ll either meet you before the show or on the door to MAKE DAT TRADE.

Nae underwear
Nae hair
Nae unsavoury material
Nae CDs (tapes are OK)

Look forward to hearing from you! Send me your junk!

P.S. I realise this sounds like how a Zooey Deschanel character would sell tickets but I DGAF soooooooooo xxx

I’m releasing a thing and it’s called this and it looks like that

Eagle-eyed bird-people might already know what my new EP is going to be called, but only someone who is half-eagle, half-Sherlock Holmes would surmise what the artwork would look like for this new release. So for eagle people and regular humans alike, here’s the cover of my new EP, out on the 19th of July.

EPfrontcoverFINAL

As you can see it’s called Doing Stuff is Hard and it’ll be available to download from Bandcamp from the 19th of July, the same day as the Glasgow launch party at the Hug and Pint. I feel like it’s an appropriate title since it’s the first proper thing I’ve released in over two years. It’s also the first time I’ve released something that doesn’t feature some sweet, sweet Neil Slorance artwork! Well…sort of. Here’s the back cover.

Ach I just couldn’t help myself. Oh and there’s a wee tracklist as well, so you can get an idea of what to expect. It’s still mostly an acoustic EP but there’s some wee surprises from Jamie Sturt and Ryan Joseph Burns in there (some of which you might have already heard on Neil’s Song). In addition to making it available on Bandcamp, I’ll be doing a limited run of 50 physical copies, so get yersel down the launch to grab one! Or if you live in/near one of the cities where me and Chrissy Barnacle are stopping off on our tour, you might manage to grab a cheeky copy ahead of the official release date, so check out our tour dates and come see us play in a venue near you!

That’s all for now, I really hope you can make it to one of our shows and if you live in Glasgow, come on down to the launch. It’d be really great if you could come validate my life choices, and I’ll love you for it.

OK, byeeeeeeeeee x

In which our hero sings about love and reads a poem from the heart of a besotted young man

Last Valentine’s Day I played a wee gig for Lady Alba at the Old Hairdressers. I sang some songs and read a poem given to me by a young man in the audience. So, pretty much what I said in the title above. Hope you enjoy the video!

 

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

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

 

Something for everyone this Valentine’s Day

Right now some of you are probably thinking about getting ready for your hot date tonight, deciding what you’re going to wear, listening to some Barry White, that sort of thing. Some of you will be planning to sit alone on the couch and eat a two-person amount of food by yourself. Some people might be doing a mixture of both, either with a significant other or a good friend. Some of us are probably going to get a bit drunk.

Well, whether you’re loved up to the nines or in an open relationship with pizza, I’ve got a little something for you.

For the loved-up romantics out there, I’ve gone and dug out this (admittedly cheesy-as-fuck) cover of The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields (and covered by Peter Gabriel).

Cheeseball.

For those single people out there, why not put a positive spin on your past breakups with this video of my single “Confessions”.

Want more? Well, why not get a 14% discount* off anything on my Bandcamp with one of the following codes:

LOVEDUP

or

FOREVERALONE

I’ll let you choose which one to use. Just head to my Bandcamp page to put those codes to good use!

Have a great day everyone, whatever you’re up to!

Love,

Shambles

x

*Technically it’s a 15% discount, Bandcamp wouldn’t let me make a 14% discount, but you get the idea.