Danny Carroll (vocals/guitar) and Keith Broni (bass) first met in secondary school aged 15, where after bonding over the bombast of Queen and the melodrama of The Smiths they set about making overly earnest rock throughout their formative years. With Josh Donnelly joining on drums, the trio started jamming their first self-penned songs in late 2014. Their debut EP ‘The Grand Stretch’ was released via legendary local label Popical Island in July 2015. As well making best of the year lists from The Last Mixed Tape and The Thin Air, the latter publication has cited Shrug Life as part of their ‘16 for 16’ series, saying that singer “Danny Carroll’s lyrics are some of the smartest, wittiest that the country has to offer”.
“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”