A Decent Apology is a new single from Northern Irish singer-songwriter and producer Aaron Shanley. The single and video are the first new music to be revealed from the Hellacious EP, set to be released in early 2020.
In A Decent Apology Shanley channels sincerity, fragility and warmth as his instantly recognisable singing weaves around the song’s delicate guitar line. This is Shanley at his most honest, with self-produced recordings stripping songs back to the immediate intimacy of the lyrics and melody.
On A Decent Apology, Shanley says:
“The song is about self-awareness and forgiveness. Sometimes it’s easy to self-righteously point a finger at anyone but yourself, especially when a situation is complex or confusing, and you’re either too oblivious or too afraid to take responsibility for the mess you’re in or for your own shortcomings. Sometimes people simply clash with one another and it’s no one’s fault that it’s that way. I’ve been nightmarish for others at different points in my life and am guilty of doing all of the above, as I’m sure everyone is. There’s hope and peace in and beyond the pain of honest self-reflection and room to grow into someone more loving by allowing yourself to go there.”
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A Decent Apology will be released on all channels on 15th November, along with b-sides Pay No Mind and Covered In Starlight. The full Hellacious EP will be released in early 2020.
9th November / Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast
22nd November / Sunflower, Belfast w/ Taylor Johnson (Brand New Friend), Jaxson, I Am Muir
7th December / Fealty’s Back Bar, Bangor
Aaron Shanley is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Northern Ireland. Hailed as one of the country’s most naturally gifted songwriters, Shanley has shared bills with Hozier, Foy Vance and the Divine Comedy. Aaron’s songs have been picked up by BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music and Radio Ulster and featured in TV and film with placements in Hart of Dixie, Switched at Birth and Cupcake.
His writing has been recognised with awards including the Katherine Brick Award for Young Songwriter of the Year at Panarts Belfast Nashville Songwriting Festival, an ATOM award for Best Male and being made Artist in Residence at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
2017 album Metal Alligator was released on Swallow Song Records to positive reviews, securing him a live session at BBC Across The Line with his band The Horrortongues.
Aaron returns in 2020 with the release of the self-produced EP, Hellacious.