For the fans of bands such as Weakened Friends, Puppy Angst, and Venus Twins—the list could go on—we here at Punkaganda have a new artist recommendation for you. Shangrila is a band from both Baltimore and Philadelphia whose members like to describe their music as “aggressively dreamy,” and accurately so. Today, the band has gifted everyone with a new track to add to your weekend playlists with their newest single “Popinjay.”
Shangrila cannot be defined by or confined to any single genre, and their latest single proves this to be true. “Popinjay” is a departure from the band’s 2021 album “Schizophonic”—which leans primarily towards the genres of shoegaze and grunge and could appeal to fans of bands such as Narrow Head and Slow Joy—while simultaneously containing enough mellowness to make you slow down and dream. While these influences are still found within their newest single, the song has a more upbeat feel to it. With funky guitar riffs and melodic vocals, “Popinjay” is the perfect addition to your summer playlist and will make you want to get on your feet and move. If you are a fan of bands such as Remo Drive and Prince Daddy & the Hyena and like the idea of adding some shoegaze influences, then “Popinjay” is a song for you.
Shangrila has a show coming up this month. So, if you are in the area and want to be one of the first people to hear “Popinjay” live, be sure to catch them at one of their upcoming show:
May 28th with Los Malcriados, The Saturn Death Cult, and The Background Action (RVA). The Camel, Richmond, VA