Dublin’s Shrug Life started as the product of rubbish jobs, failed romance and political apathy. Known for their wry humour and frenetic indie-rock, the group supported and toured with songwriting heroes Jeffrey Lewis and So Cow before releasing their debut album ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ in October 2017, via Seattle based Jigsaw Records. The album was hailed by the Irish Times for it’s “sharp lyrics that poke and prod at the clamour of modern life,” while the Thin Air named it in their 15 best albums of the year stating “they are impossibly infectious and improbably good.”
Following on from the recent critically acclaimed single ‘Strangers’, the band show a lighter side with a tongue in cheek take on Albert Hammond’s ‘You’re Such A Good Looking Woman’, obviously best known in Ireland as a massive hit for Joe Dolan, set for release on 8th November.
In May 2018, the group featured in The Guardian for their politically charged song ‘Your Body’, while July saw the group release new song ‘2009’ produced by Daniel Fox (Girl Band/Paddy Hanna). The track features on the compilation ‘A Litany Of Failures: Volume II’ along with 17 of Ireland’s best independent bands. Recently Shrug Life has played supports for international acts Hers, Swimming Tapes, The Beths, Alex Lahey and Pip Blom, while putting the finishing touches on their second album.
Shrug Life play the following dates…
14th November – Tengu Dublin(with Naoise Roo support)
20th November – Black Gate Galway (stripped back show with French Ketamine)
22nd November – Ulster Sports Club (supporting Careerist at their Belfast album launch)
28th November – Whelan’s (supporting Careerist at Dublin album launch)
29th – 1st December: Other Voices Music Trail