“Shrug” By Lunar Vacation
Songwriter Grace Repasky shares, “I look back now and realise that this song was a pivotal moment in delving into self-identity and ultimately identifying as a non-binary person. The more I tried to fit into a box, the more I felt out of place. Reconstructing thinking patterns and unlearning a binary outlook is a lifelong journey, and I think ‘Shrug’ is a documented beginning for me.”
Grace Repasky (songwriter / vocalist / guitarist) and Maggie Geeslin (songwriter / vocalist / guitarist) met in the eighth grade and immediately began sharing their own music. By the time they were old enough to drive, Lunar Vacation was born. The pair forged demo after demo, took to as many stages as Atlanta could offer them, and added Matteo DeLurgio (synth) and Connor Dowd (drums) to sonically match their songs’ increasingly vibrant spirit. Shortly after graduating high school, Lunar Vacation self-released two EPs – Swell and Artificial Flavors – which landed them quick critical attention, millions of organic streams, and support runs for Remo Drive, Sidney Gish, and SALES.
Keeled Scales is the Austin-based indie label home to emerging talents including Katy Kirby, Buck Meek, Sun June, Tenci and Twain. Keeled Scales recently announced a new partnership with fellow independent Polyvinyl Record Co., which will allow the two labels to work together while Keeled Scales retains autonomy over all creative decisions.
From Grace Repasky:
“One night at the start of quarantine, my roommate Anna was practicing a presentation for college. She opened with an ancient parable about a farmer and his horses. The parable talks about a farmer experiencing unfortunate things but continually responding with, “Good or bad, hard to say.”
“I think her presentation focused on the binaries in the world. It got me thinking about how it’s ingrained in everything, how almost anything is seen as black or white, and how harmful binary thinking can be. I look back now and realise that this song was a pivotal moment in delving into self-identity and ultimately identifying as a non-binary person. The more I tried to fit into a box, the more I felt out of place. Reconstructing thinking patterns and unlearning a binary outlook is a lifelong journey, and I think ‘Shrug’ is a documented beginning for me.
“The lyrics are kind of a mess but I feel like that’s what the inside of my brain looks like. But yeah. Good or bad, hard to say.”
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