“Strangers is a song for social anxiety – negotiating the acute alienation experienced in a crowd” – Shrug Life talks to TLMT

Shrug Life recently returned with their brand new single ‘Strangers’ and the promise of a sophomore album next year. Ahead of the band’s headline set in Whelan’s on Thursday night (September 5th), Danny Carroll spoke to The Last Mixed Tape about the track, forthcoming record and the Irish music scene. What’s the last record you…

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TLMT’s The Week Featuring Shrug Life, Sick Love, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, Havvk & May Rosa

TLMT counts down the latest additions to its Irish Mixed-Tape on Spotify with new music by Shrug Life, Sick Love, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, Havvk & May Rosa. Shrug Life – 2009 The Mixed-Tape: ‘2009’ also provides a fuller sound from Shurg Life in terms of production with the band’s garage-rock flourishes carrying more weight to…

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The Mixed-Tape | “an angular slice of indie-pop” Shrug Life – 2009

In this edition of The Last Mixed Tape’s song-of-the-week feature The Mixed-Tape, we turn our attention to ‘2009′ by Shrug Life.  Taken from Shrug Life’s upcoming second album Maybe You’re The Punchline, ‘2009’ is an angular slice of indie-pop shaped by sharp guitar lines, jolting beats and a frantic vocal that culminate to convey an underlined unease behind…

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Listen | Shrug Life release ‘Your Body’ in support of Repeal the 8th

Indie-pop act Shrug Life have released their latest single ‘Your Body’ to highlight the need to change Ireland’s archaic abortion laws. Infused with Shrug Life’s signature take on the indie-pop sound and deft touch at turning a phrase, ‘Your Body’ is the trio’s most lyrically pointed song to date. Opening with the line “Your body…

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Listen | Shrug Life return with ‘Marvin Gaye’

Indie-pop outfit Shrug Life have unveiled their brand new single ‘Marvin Gaye’, taken from Little L Records’ A Litany Of Failures E.P. Featuring Shrug Life’s own turn-of-phrase take on indie-pop, ‘Marvin Gaye’ once again highlights the group’s ability to merge melody and meaning in a way that is completely their own (as seen in their stand-out…

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Listen | Shrug Life talk politics on ‘Making Progress’

Indie-pop three-piece Shrug Life have unveiled the political pop sound of their brand new track ‘Making Progress’. Following the cutting “lost generation” satire of their debut E.P. The Grand Stretch, few bands are better placed to send-up Ireland’s current election. Imbued with trio’s snap-shot indie-pop sound, that throws as many hooks at the listener as humanly…

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This Weekend | January 29th – 31st

The Last Mixed Tape’s weekly gig guide featuring shows by Talos, the Strypes, Miriam Donohue & more.  Friday, January 29th Hennessy’s Lost Friday’s – RHA Gallery Line-up: Talos, Forrests, Toby Kaar, Nialler9 & Homebeat Tickets: €15 Doors: 7pm Exploding Eyes, Switzerland & the Surfin’ Surfers & Shrug Life – The Mezz Tickets: FREE Doors: 9pm Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Vicar Street Tickets: €35…

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Review | Whelan’s Ones to Watch 2016

Ones to Watch 2016 descended upon Whelan’s this weekend bringing with it a wide-array of some of the most promising acts on the Irish music scene. TLMT was there to review. This year’s Ones to Watch festival was a far-more stream-lined affair than previous incarnations. Now spread over just three stages (including the front bar), the line-up was…

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Sissy to headline September’s Retro Revival Club

Monthly live indie music night Retro Revival Club returns to Sweeney’s next months with sets from Sissy, Exploding Eyes & more.  The indie club will return to the Dublin venue on Saturday, September 19th will live sets from Sissy who have just released their brilliant new E.P. Gave Birth To A Mum, Exploding Eyes who will be following their…

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Listen | TLMT Podcast Ep. 27 – A Quick Surf ‘n’ Flirt

This week Steve reviews The Chemical Brothers, El Vy, Shrug Life & more, and feels the need to surf and flirt. Meanwhile, Kate demands a quickie.  TLMT Podcast Episode 27 – A Quick Surf ‘n’ Flirt: On this week’s show Kate & Steve also discuss this weekend’s live gig guide (including Lilla Vargen, Oliver Cole…

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