The Shrugs: An Awkward Silence
By Martyn Pepperell
The Shrugs are a three-piece rock'n'roll band from Hamilton and their album is a great listen for fans of unpretentious melodic rock music which leans away from the hard, fast and angry end of the spectrum. Band members Geoff Doube, Paul Tregilgas and Gordon Bassett have produced a work of great maturity and quality musicianship. 'An Awkward Silence' is the kind of music that can only come from acceptance of all of ones flaws and strengths and a realisation that as time has passed you no longer have anything to prove to anyone. For me a standout feature of the music is the visual-ness. You can just picture the Waikato River, you know, humid afternoons, Indian summers, sleepless nights and that strange eerie sense that floats up from the river. The music is well recorded, but retains that slight rustic DIY feel that we've grown to love out these ways, and the musicianship is on point from start to finish. Two albums, three drummers and two bassists down the track all systems are go. for The Shrugs. An album and a group warranting closer examination.