LUNAR VACATION – ” Shrug “

Posted: June 10, 2021 in MUSIC
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We’re thrilled to share we’ve signed the mighty Atlanta band Lunar Vacation! They’ve been building something really special over the past several years and we’re excited to work with them. For now, check out the energetic video for “Shrug.” It includes playful Super 8 footage of the band in their neighbourhood in Atlanta, interspersed with psychedelic animation by John J. Andrews (of the Yawns). 

To celebrate signing to Austin-based indie label Keeled Scales, Atlanta-based rock quartet Lunar Vacation shared a new single and video, the sunny, yet circumspect “Shrug.” Though its title may evoke apathy, “Shrug” is more about growing beyond a simplistic, black-and-white perspective. “I look back now and realize that this song was a pivotal moment in delving into self-identity and ultimately identifying as a non-binary person,” says songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Grace Repasky in a statement. “The more I tried to fit into a box, the more I felt out of place. Reconstructing thinking patterns and unlearning a binary outlook is a lifelong journey, and I think ‘Shrug’ is a documented beginning for me.” Produced by Daniel Gleason of Grouplove, “Shrug” is cleverly built on a binary guitar progression, sliding back and forth between two woozy chords in its verses, only to grow more complex in its choruses. Repasky’s plucky vocals lend the song a light heart, even as they recall being “Invited but I’ll never show / Sit at home and playing too much Wilco,” and their ease in concluding, “Good or bad, it’s hard to say,” is uplifting and empowering, depicting uncertainty not as something to be afraid of, but as something to embrace. When Repasky sings in its closing moments, “Why don’t you get up and shrug it off?” the song feels less like a shrug and more like a heartening pat on the back. 

Written by Grace Repasky and Maggie Geeslin

Grace Repasky: electric guitar, bass, vocals
Maggie Geeslin: electric guitar
Matteo DeLurgio: auxiliary percussion
Connor Dowd: drums

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