OnlineCombining elements of ska and indie, and in the process coining the term ‘Skindie’, Glaswegian upstarts The Begbies have released their soundtrack to the summer with the single It’s Just The Way, out now via Choose Rude Records.
The band have blended their love of classic two-tone ska music with indie influences, creating a unique and energetic sound that is fun and relatable, appealing to a cross section of music lovers, festival goers and casual listeners alike. It’s Just The Way perfectly captures The Begbies high octane sound as massive brass hooks and off-beat guitar is mixed with raw, uplifting vocals and socially challenging lyrics highlighting the hypocrisy and selfishness of the political classes who’s indiscretions are dealt with differently to the masses.
While originally formed in 2010 by Gary Ovens (vox/guitar) and Liam Corbett (guitar) the current line-up didn’t settle until 2015 with Scott Wilson (drums), Kieran Lewis (bass), Callum Stevenson (keys) and Sally Jay and Steph Clark (both saxophone) completing the line up. Not content with treading the usual, mundane well worn path, they have made a habit of playing some of the weirdest shows any band could wish to play, having performed in a field to just two people, one dressed as a gingerbread man and one as a penguin, both proceeding to fight each other, as the The Begbies performed like some kind of backing band to a Trigger Happy TV sketch.
Mixing ska influences such as The Specials and Madness with indie-centric bands like The Libertines and The Good Shoes, The Begbies have created their very own niche which has seen them gain support from the likes of Amazing Radio, Radio X, BBC Scotland and The Scottish Sun. They have also supported a number of bands in their native Glasgow ranging from a sold out show at The Barrowlands with Frightened Rabbit as well as securing tour dates with The View, Ordinary Boys, Bad Manners and The Buzzcocks.
It’s Just The Way by The Begbies is out now via Choose Rude Records.