And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Debt

Shrag in 2004

“Kind-hearted and recklessly indulgent indie promoters up and down the country will be relieved to learn that Shrag have decided to call it a day. We’re old, we’ve done this band for nearly TEN YEARS, and we finally made a record that we are uniformly proud of, so enough’s enough!

Press releases weren’t our strong point in the beginning when we started in Brighton in the spring of 2003. We attempted to show what could be done in the music industry without any press, booking agent, or manager (and we showed that you could achieve almost nothing without them). In any case, we just wanted to say thank you to the many, many people who have helped the band to do the things we have done, most if not all of would have seemed laughably impossible to us when we started out.

We had very lo-fi beginnings and ambitions and our first album sounded like it was made by teenagers (although we really weren’t). Around 2008 something weird happened and we were collectively afflicted by delusions of grandeur and we went on a quest for a perfect pop album. We don’t know if we got there, but it’s been a whole lot of fun trying. Favourite review of all time was the one where the writer said our mere existence made them ‘ashamed to be British’. We’ve disgraced ourselves in front of the whole of Leamington Spa and haemorrhaged thousands of pounds going on what were basically extended holidays to the USA whilst kidding ourselves that we were ‘on tour’. But somehow, we managed to produce three albums that some people quite like. We are proud of ourselves and not sorry for ourselves. We are ending because we didn’t think we could get through another two year process of making an album. But we are ending for the same reasons we began, because it feels right, and because we are friends.

Big love to John Jervis of WIAIWYA, Sean Price of Fortuna POP!, and COUNTLESS other bands/promoters/friends who have helped us and enabled us to do this weird band for so long. You definitely know who you are!

We’re doing one last show at the Lexington, London, on March 15th. And we’re releasing one last 7″ single, ‘On the Spines of Old Cathedrals’ (and yes, that’s ‘spines’ and not ‘spires’), which is out on February the 11th.

addendum: as specified during our last 6music session for Marc Riley, offers for future shows/reunion tours/’Don’t Look Back’ style nostalgia-extravaganzas involving a guarantee of £300 (and upwards) per show will be seriously considered.”

- Shrag

6 thoughts on “And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Debt

  1. I was so happy when I found out about you guys and I am happy I got to see you make one last album. Gutted you’re splitting, but you guys did what you had to do, and nice one for doing it your way.

    Take it easy and good luck!

  2. Gideon Coe has just played Spines of Old cathedrals on BBC6.

    Sounds fabulous and such a strong, warm and engaging sound.

    Saddened to hear you guys are splitting.

    Good luck to you all for future ventures.

  3. I love your sound. I listen to you at least once every day. more-so recently. I’ll be at the Lexington and I’ll be rallying fans to raise £300 for a yearly reunion until I’m rich enough to pay that myself to just have you playing in my front room.

    You definitely stood the test of time, it’s years since I first heard you on Marc Riley’s show & I’ve not got bored yet,

    I love you

  4. Helen, please keep writing/singing. your songs are amazing. it’s either that or you have to marry me and live with me and talk/sing to me all the time. you decide.

  5. Aww, I’d only just found you. Canines was one of my favourite albums of last year. And I found out about the last gig too late, so I don’t get to see you live. Still, at least your music is out there, and will stay out there, which is what matters in the end.

    Best wishes for the future.

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