Eclectics: Shrug Life

Eclectics and The Black Gate present Shrug Life with support from French Ketamine.

Dublin’s 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 July saw the group release new song ‘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 Hers, Declen Welsh, Swimming Tapes, The Beths, Alex Lahey and Pip Blom, while putting the finishing touches on their second album, which is due for release in 2020.

“Genuinely excellent power-pop” – Headstuff

French Ketamine are a rock band from Galway. With a distinctive garage rock sound and quirky live shows.