Dublin quartet, Shrug Life today announce the release of ‘Strangers’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming sophomore studio album, which is due for release in early 2020.
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.”
In May 2018, the group featured in The Guardian for their politically charged song ‘Your Body’, while April this year saw the group release new song and video ‘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 The Beths, Swimming Tapes, Hers, Alex Lahey and Pip Blom, while putting the finishing touches on their second album.
‘Strangers’ details a period of social anxiety and stage fright experienced by singer Danny Carroll. This is reflected in the excellent animated video for the track, made by fellow songwriter Robbie Stickland.