Release Date: Friday June 22
Since the release of his album Weird Weekends in January, the Cork-based Laurie Shaw has enjoyed a very positive critical reception; particularly with two of the album’s excellent tracks ‘Shatterproof’ and ‘Inserts’. With festival season well and truly underway, Shaw has already announced upcoming appearances at Body & Soul, Townlands Carnival and Indiependence.
Shaw’s discography is nothing short of prodigious, having recorded over 50 albums since the age of 14. Now, at 23, the Wirral-born songwriter is still ploughing a solo furrow in the recording studio, while having a full live band at his disposal, pushing his DIY ethic to the limits.
While Weird Weekends was “an ode to the exciting unpredictability of clammy-palmed adolescence” (Golden Plec), his new single ‘That’s Life’ tackles a more mature subject matter. The song, which will feature on his forthcoming album, Year Zero, takes an endearing yet caustic slant on growing up, losing friends, accomplishing things and checking out in some “hotel based asphyxiation scandal.” As usual, Shaw tackles it brilliantly with a witty style and clever references – “If I’m such a genius then I only have four years left to go”.
That’s Life could be the perfect gateway drug to the rest of Shaw’s mammoth discography, especially for fans of artists like Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, Porches, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys.