South London duo Shelf Lives have shared a new track I Don’t Think I’ll Go Out Today along with a stop-motion animated video directed by Ben Pollard. The new track is the final taster of the band’s upcoming debut mini-album ‘Yes, offence’ out April 28 via Not Sorry Mom Records.
New track I Don’t Think I’ll Go Out Today is a captivating example of the pair’s unique electronic trash-pop / post-punk amalgam. Caustic guitars are punctuated by spiralling electronics, all welded together with an unsettling intensity as vocalist Sabrina grapples with themes of social expectations and the resulting effects on mental health. Watch the video clip via YouTube below.
Discussing the new single, Sabrina said: “Straight up, this track does what it says on the tin. The last couple years have been a bit of a Pandora’s box for most people. We all learned a thing or two about the World and how we live in it but with that comes judgement and sometimes even self-righteousness. We wanted to convey not only a mental health issue but also its corresponding social issue that may seem trivial on the surface but in actuality is usually just scratching the surface. We kept it building to an intensity and release in an attempt to emulate the actual thought pattern of someone in that situation but we kept it simple. Everyone ‘deals’ differently, therefore everyone will individually pick up exactly what they need from the track.”
Originating from Toronto, Canada and Northampton respectively, Shelf Lives consist of vocalist Sabrina and guitarist/producer Jonny – who now both reside in Streatham Hill, South London.
An enthralling, genre-bending debut body of work, bringing to mind the acerbic art-rock of Le Tigre and the gritty garage-rock inspired electro bombast of Peaches, Shelf Lives’ debut mini-album ‘Yes, offence’ emerges from the band’s ongoing creative collaboration with producer Space (IDLES, Do Nothing), and follows previous singles Shelf Live, Mark Twain and Shock Horror.
Shelf Lives are poised to make a huge impact over the coming 12 months. With an unmissable live show, the pair have already supported the likes of Lazy Queen, Skating Polly, Dream Nails, moa moa, False Heads and more – with a UK/EU tour with Skunk Anansie commencing in April and running through May.
With press support coming in thick and fast from The Line Of Best Fit, Dork Magazine, Gigwise + more, alongside radio airplay on BBC 6 Music – Shelf Lives are bringing punk back to the house party just in time. The band’s debut mini-album ‘Yes, offence’ will be released April 28 via Not Sorry Mom Records. New single I Don’t Think I’ll Go Out Today is out now.
‘Yes, offence’ track listing
Shelf Lives will also support Skunk Anansie on their upcoming UK/EU tour, dates below.
6th April – The Old Blue Last, London (supporting Hannah Hu)
25th April – O2 City Hall, Newcastle (supporting Skunk Anansie)
2nd May – Gdansk Stary Maneż, POLAND (supporting Skunk Anansie)
3rd May – Łódź Wytwórnia, POLAND (supporting Skunk Anansie)
5th May – Krakow Klub Studio, POLAND (supporting Skunk Anansie)
6th May – Warsaw Progresja Music Zone, POLAND (supporting Skunk Anansie)
8th May – Wroclaw CK A2, SLOVAKIA (supporting Skunk Anansie)
9th May – Trnava Trnava Amphitheater, GERMANY (supporting Skunk Anansie)
10th May – Munich Neue Theaterfabrik, SWITZERLAND (supporting Skunk Anansie)
11th May – Lausanne Les Docks, CROATIA (supporting Skunk Anansie)
13th May – Zagreb Dom Sportova, CROATIA (supporting Skunk Anansie)
14th May – Milan Alcatraz, ITALY (supporting Skunk Anansie)
11th June – Long Division Festival, Wakefield
16th June – O2 Academy, Oxford (supporting Skunk Anansie)
26th June – Engine Rooms, Southampton (supporting Skunk Anansie)