Shooting Daggers drop new single, Smug, from debut album Love & Rage

One of the new bands we’re most excited about this year, Shooting Daggers have unveiled a new single ahead of next month’s debut album.

The trio – Sal, Bea and Raquel – tackle “the hierarchy of the music scene and how important it is to go back to your roots and never forget where you came from/started” on newbie Smug, adding that for the song’s accompanying music video, “we wanted to highlight our little community and our favourite spots in south east London.”

The track is taken from Shooting Daggers’ Love & Rage LP, which is due out on February 16 via New Heavy Sounds.

“We want to spread a positive message, we are challenging rage into a good force, seeking for justice and unity,” Shooting Daggers say of the record. “Anger serves us as a bodyguard for our personal pain and suffering. But when you recognise rage within you, if you handle it with attention, love, and compassion, it can be a powerful mobilising factor to take action in solidarity and commitment to enacting social change.

“This is a time to focus on ourselves and our community. Protect our rights to be in this world and stop caring about men’s validations. It’s time for women and queer people to channel all our power together.

“In this album we touch subjects such as unity, sorority, self-love, taking the power back, queer love and skateboarding.”

Watch the video for Smug below: