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Salad Days Magazine | October 5, 2022

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Shrug Dealer releases music video for ‘Sk8 & Decoy’

Shrug Dealer releases music video for ‘Sk8 & Decoy’
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NYC punk band, Shrug Dealer, have released the music video for their song, ‘Sk8 & Decoy’.

The song will appear on their upcoming ‘Infested’ EP, which is due out on September 30th through Bypolar Records and Hidden Home Records. The EP will follow up their debut self-titled EP, which came out in 2018.

Bio: Technical punk rock is alive and thriving – in Europe. But in the United States, you’ll be much harder pressed to find a band in your local scene that plays this iteration of the genre. If you’re lucky enough to find one, they’re still likely to be plagued by poor musicianship or lackluster songwriting. Does New York City’s Shrug Dealer defy these stereotypes? Who fuckin’ knows, but they’ve spent the last three years doing their damndest.

If 2018’s self-titled debut EP was any sign of the shape of Shrug Dealer to come, then 2021’s ‘Infested’ is the fulfillment of that promise. The new 8-track EP (what the hell is an EP anyway?) is a meticulously constructed statement of what punk rock could be – daring yet familiar; nostalgic yet new; bravely blunt, yet melodically sweet ear candy. It’s these conflicting realities that make ‘Infested’ what it is. It’s putting fun (‘Skate And Decoy’) head-to-head with your frustrations (‘Participation Trophies’); mixing the deadly serious (‘Summer Camp’) with the absurdly stupid (‘Get To The Point’); and balancing your internal critiques (‘Tilt Mode’) with your external (‘The Call Of The Epigon’, ‘Desperate Housewives Of Ada County’). Of course, there’s a little showing off, too (‘Please Turn Off The Gramophone’). But all-in-all, ‘Infested’ is simply what it is – a subconscious and brash statement that says “This is Shrug Dealer. Take it or leave it.” – Gene Scallops

Tracklist for ‘Infested’

1. Tilt Mode

2. The Call Of The Epigon

3. Summer Camp

4. Skate And Decoy

5. Please Turn Off The Gramophone

6. Participation Trophies

7. Get to the Point

8. Desperate Housewives Of Ada County

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