Scared To Dance proudly presents Shrag
Tickets are £7 in advance
Shrag bring buzzing, distorted guitar lines fronted by the finest frontwoman around. The natural charisma of Helen King whose onstage rage coupled with witty lyrics is forever engaging. Their groundbreaking second album Life! Death! Prizes!, laden with strings, found the band at their peak developing their musicianship with a less aggressive sound. From headline slots in Europe, to a UK tour with The Cribs to festival appearances in the USA they are the band to fall in love with. Shrag will be playing new material from their forthcoming third album Canines which sees a highly melodic strain of guitar-based pop, with a danceable, funkier element creeping into the rhythm section once more.
“Shrag are a sharp poppy post-punk band smearing their own dark lip gloss on sex and gender… You can always tell deep down they're looking for real, vital connection.” Pitchfork
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“Fever Dream’s straight-up-and-clear-the-gantry “Poyekhali”, a wonderfully explosive blast of uber-rhythmic post-punk.” Sounds XP