What began as a group of like-minded musicians getting together to jam some cover songs in 2012, quickly developed into a vehicle for their original music. Bringing a broad range of influences to the table helped the Villains forge their sound: a modern take on classic rock with songs based around punchy guitar riffs and rockin’ choruses
In October 2015, three years of constant writing and gigging culminated in the release of their debut album: Red Lake. The album was well received, getting played on radio stations such as RTE2XM, Near FM, KCLR, DSFM & Phoenix FM. Red Lake also received praise from U & I and Pure M magazines. Pure M said that "they straddle the balance between good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll in the instrumentation and a more modern, indie rock optimism in the overall tone of the album.” Cut & Run, the second track from Red Lake featured on Garageland Vol. 1, a compilation album of Irish bands. Shag Haired Villains' second album, There Is A Noise was released in October 2017.
The band drastically changed their recording style to capture the raw energy of their live performances. While still distinctively SHV, on There Is A Noise their sound became a crunchier, punchier, heavy blues with a grimy tone.
Shag Haired Villains finished out 2017 with a series of gigs and radio slots in support of There Is A Noise.