Shrug Life

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¯\_(?)_/¯ – ★★★ Lit­tle L Records

Both their band name and the ti­tle of their de­but al­bum might sug­gest that Shrug Life are a band per­co­lat­ing in ap­a­thy, but don’t be fooled. The Dublin trio have a home­spun kind of charisma, but also some sharp lyrics that poke and prod at the clam­our of mod­ern life – such as the droll

First World Prob­lems and their take on Ire­land’s abor­tion laws in

Your Body. Front­man Danny Car­roll’s nasal croon sits well with their twee in­die-pop style, which ref­er­ences bands such as Orange Juice (Mak­ing Progress) and al­bums such as Paul Si­mon’s Grace­land (Never Bored), while their en­joy­ably dis­or­dered tus­sle of gui­tar, bass and drums builds to com­par­a­tive row­di­ness on Free Bird II. It’s a lit­tle too static in places, but its overall tone just about lands on the right side of nudge-nudgewink-wink clev­er­ness. face­­mu­sic

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