Dublin, County Dublin
Shrug Life is the shared hobby of three man children from Dublin, Ireland.
Formed in 2014, the trio started as the product of rubbish jobs, failed romance and political apathy. These frustrations fed into the group's 2015 debut EP ‘The Grand Stretch’, released via Popical Island and making best of the year lists from The Last Mixed Tape and The Thin Air. Known for their wry humour and frenetic indie-rock, Shrug Life were cited as part of the Thin Air’s ‘16 for 16’ series, saying that singer “Danny Carroll’s lyrics are some of the smartest and wittiest that the country has to offer”. Having supported and toured with such songwriting heroes as Jeffrey Lewis and So Cow, the group were hailed as "Dublin's premiere observers of the sterility of Irish modernity" (Broadsheet). Debut album ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ was released in October 2017, via Seattle based Jigsaw Records.
"They are impossibly infectious and improbably good" – The Thin Air
"Shrug Life meld earworm hooks with lyrics that prick at your conciousness" - Goldenplec
"Intense jangle-pop with the charm of a young Morrissey" - BBC Ulster
"Sharp lyrics that poke and prod at the clamour of modern life" – The Irish Times
"Insanely clever songs that leap and bound through modern quandries" - This Is Not A Drill
"Genuinely excellent power-pop" – Headstuff
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