Letting us into the secrets behind the song
Shelf Lives
14:10 28th April 2022

Trash-pop punks Shelf Lives have put their debut mini-album Yes, offence out into the world, and this eight-track collection is an electrifying experience.

We caught up with the duo to find out more about the tracks on YES, OFFENCE – just keep reading for an insight into their thoughts. And then listen to the album. Obviously.

Lets pass the mic to the band...

Yes, offence is a reflection of a broken, cultureless society all while wearing a party hat and not getting too deep about it.  It can be unapologetically cliche and represent the worst but the most liberating versions of ourselves...the most aspiring and inspiring yet most egotistical versions of ourselves.
 

Shelf Life

'Shelf Life' is about life. Life is short and fickle, so let's embrace a more "whatever, who cares" attitude. It's chaotic, beautiful, and brutal and all you can do is you. It's essentially an unveiling that living your best life is actually just living your SHELF LIFE. 

I Don't Like Me You

This one started out with completely different lyrics sung by Jonny but it just wasn't right. The best part about this track is that as ridiculously brash as it can come across, it's completely authentic. This track was literally written taking phrases from a conversation recorded between us and SPACE while sitting around in the studio.
 

Shock Horror

Shock Horror is an homage to our worst nightmare of a human. An amalgamation of specific traits that are so transparent yet irresistible, in a way. Everyone has met one or has even been one at some point in their lives. The catch is that this type of person is annoyingly frustrating in that you can't help yourself but feel a little bit sorry for them. They're lost, probably lonely, and super cliché which makes them harmless and so easy to dislike.

Mark Twain

We're  in an age of self expression which comes hand in hand with opinion.  We're being told by each other who we can and can't be, how we can and can't feel and how to express that feeling.  Mark Twain is a, sort of, commentary on the confusion and complexity this behaviour create of something meant to be so genuine and authentic.  It becomes safer to be emotionless or at least perceived as, but as we waste these moments of vulnerability and expression a resentment and sadness build which inevitably leads to the disassociation with these "norms" and potentially isolation

Call Me

This was actually the very first song we wrote and nearly didn't make the cut but Sabrina wouldn't let it go.  It's kind of from the perspective of a person who can only find love through chemicals, i.e taking drugs leading up to the chorus which is their experience of the addiction kicking in ...all wrapped up in an upbeat party tune. 

I Don't Think I'll Go Out Today 

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.

Fighting That Bitch 

So, Jonny came up with this idea that he wanted to write a punk song that took you through the same journey that a dance song did...with tense builds and drops and all.  In all honesty the lyrics dropped out of nowhere but the repeating of them came natural and became necessary.  It drove home the idea of being your own worst enemy. 
 

She Gon' Kill Ya 

We were meant to be recording a tune that ended up being our intro when we play live so we wrote this from scratch with SPACE in the studio.  We channeled our inner femme fatale and wrote a track from the perspecitve of a female serial killer.  
 
Now forget we said all of that and allow the tracks to mean whatever they need to mean to you.  Thank you for listening. 

Yes, offence is out now

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Photo: Nici Eberl