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Shambles

Shambles: Shambles EPShambles EP (2012)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: SloaneDaleySloaneDaley
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Allston, Mass.'s Shambles can be seen as following a current trend of bands playing pop-punk heavily influenced by the late '90s and early '00s, but shockingly their self-titled EP is actually memorable amongst a myriad of stylistic clones. Perhaps it is because while this sounds like a product of i.
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Allston, Mass.'s Shambles can be seen as following a current trend of bands playing pop-punk heavily influenced by the late '90s and early '00s, but shockingly their self-titled EP is actually memorable amongst a myriad of stylistic clones. Perhaps it is because while this sounds like a product of its time, it actually draws from a much deeper musical history and still stays relatively fresh.

Immediately, "Yup, 27 And Still Writing Pop-Punk" is full of what you might expect from this kind of band: clean singing, crunchy guitars and a focus on the vocal melody. However, the band throws in a fantastic little breakdown about a minute-and-a-half in that brings something unexpected and breaks up any monotony that might otherwise set in. While this music might be the provenance of youth, it is clear that the more advanced years of the writers (as indicated in the title) helps bring perspective that you can't trade for all the parking lot donuts and big gulps in the world. Shambles is isn't musically locked into the early aughts either, as "Wait So Umm, You Eat Chicken Right?" has a brooding quality and stop-start rhythm that could fit into a lost mid-era Alkaline Trio record and "ATL... DTF?" somehow walks a like between Dear Landlord and the Ataris.

While not quite as loose or adventurous musically, Shambles remind me a lot of Junior Battles. Both bands wear their pop-punk love as badges of pride and both show a studied history of the genre in their playing. There is also a recurring theme of growing up within the scene that permeate this EP, that those plucky Torontonians really took to task exploring in 2011. The difference is Shambles tend to show a bit less nuance and a bit more cliché but there is always room for growth.

It is exciting to know that for all the t-shirt designs, tribute acts and empty slogans out there, there are still bands that take the time to craft pop-punk that stands out while still staying true to each side of the hyphen. If you are a fan of catchy pop-punk tunes you really need to check Shambles out.

 

 
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powerbait (March 31, 2012)

Discovered these dudes through a mutual friendship with Two Hand Fools and I'm totally into it! They definitely are pop punk, I don't understand how you could call them anything but that.

huts (February 13, 2012)

Pinkerton, I honestly wish I could respond and say you don't know what good music is, but based on your profile you do haha. Oh well, can't win em all. Thanks for being honest.

SloaneDaley (February 12, 2012)

Sorry friend but this is pop-punk. Just because you think you know what pop-punk is doesn't mean you do. You don't.

Never met or spoken with the band. We live in Different countries. Get over yourself.

pinkerton (February 12, 2012)

just because you call something pop punk does not make it pop punk!

lyrically this band really blows, and the guitar riffs have absolutely no flow from one part to the next. listening to even the first 3 songs felt like a real fucking chore.

please dont post a review just because you are friends with the band.

huts (February 10, 2012)

http://shamblesmusic.bandcamp.com

The stupid period got added to the link.

huts (February 10, 2012)

Hey. This is Jeremy from Shambles. Thanks for the review. This is seriously awesome. It's basically exactly what I would say about it too. Really, really appreciate you giving it a listen and if anyone wants to download it for free at our bandcamp page: http://shamblesmusic.bandcamp.com. If we're out of free downloads there, there is a mediafire link on the bandcamp page.

mcflynnthm (February 10, 2012)

This band is super fun live. Love these dudes.

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