He’s frequently compared with Frank Turner and the like and it really isn’t difficult to see why.
If opener ‘Strike!’ doesn’t convince you that he is worthy of such comparisons then ‘Things That Make Me Angry’ surely will. It is a song which uses comedic lyrics (‘I get angry when I hear teenagers miss-use words like ‘epic’ and ‘random’‘) to eventually make a serious – and positive – statement. Exactly the kind of song that helped endear the aforementioned Mr Turner to all of our hearts.
The blueprint rarely changes on this EP and that certainly isn’t a bad thing.
‘Beer Song’ is…. well, a song about beer and it’s effects ‘…you can be convinced / That pissing off the suspension bridge / Is a perfectly good idea.‘
Meanwhile ‘Alice’s Song’ finds Shambles in a reflective mood as one of his (presumably many) parties comes to an end. It’s an oddly moving ode to his pals and leaves you in no doubt that Shambles knows what is important in his life.
The recordings are raw and unpolished and this, coupled with the fact Shambles sings in his thick Scottish accent, only serves to add to the charm. Shambles Sails the Clockwork Sea is a gorgeous little EP.