Dublin, County Dublin
Shrug Life is the questionable, protective moniker of Danny Carroll, Keith Broni and Josh Donnelly
Danny Carroll (vocals/guitar) and Keith Broni (bass) first performed together aged 16, underwhelming school assemblies with their love of The Undertones, The Smiths and David Bowie. Reuniting years later with Josh Donnelly (drums), the trio released their debut EP ‘The Grand Stretch’ via local label Popical Island, 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”.
In February 2016, the group released their election themed single 'Making Progress', taking aim at the uncertainty and false promise of Irish politics. The track was featured on BBC Ulster's Across The Line, Broadsheet and Irish Times 'The Ticket' magazine.
In June 2016, Shrug Life teamed up with Oh Boland, Junk Drawer and That Snaake to release the split EP 'A Litany Of Failures' via the lo-fi label Little L Records. The four groups embarked on a short tour of Ireland, with Shrug Life's latest song 'Marvin Gaye' being described as "Weezer and Morrissey combining after the The Smiths frontman finally found his bag of Xanax" (Remy's Music and Film Blog).
In September the trio released the pro-choice song 'Your Body' in advance of Ireland's fifth March For Choice, before playing an Irish tour with Chicago bands Dowsing and Ratboys.
"Dublin’s premiere observers of the sterility of Irish modernity" - Broadsheet
"This is an incredible piece of musicianship...totally bonkers yet 100% mainstream" - BBC Introducing - (Sam Bonham)
"Intense jangle-pop with the charm of a young Morrissey" - BBC Ulster ATL
"Sugary hooks and knowingly coy lyrics" - Golden Plec
"A truly unique prospect in the Irish indie-pop scene, set apart by their deft touch with humour, irony and satire" - The Last Mixed Tape
"More than slightly breakneck and wildly infectious" - State.ie
"Inescapably deadly, stupidly catchy, lo-fi indie rock" - The Thin Air
"Poised thinker’s pop with sharp humour" - Chal Ravens (Fact Magazine)
"My Mom says they're cool" - Milhouse Van Houten
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