Shame

Our music is about wanting to provoke something," says Charlie Steen, 19-year-old lead singer of London's most talked-about young band, SHAME. "It's not about standing onstage and singing pretty love songs. It's about confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy.".
Since starting out as school boys, this five-piece band has become notorious for stealing every stage with the outrageous, jaw-dropping performances that have become the Shame signature.
Their riotous two-year journey has included gate-crashing a Glastonbury stage, supporting The Fat White Family, Warpaint and Slaves, performances in Europe, Austin Texas, a nomination for best new artists at the prestigious Anchor awards, headlining their own UK tour and releasing the double A-side single, Gold Hole/The Lick.

Formed in the playgrounds of South London, Steen met guitarist Sean Coyle-Smith at primary school. They got together with guitarists Josh Finerty and Eddie Green at secondary school. Charlie Forbes – the drummer – was at nursery school with Green.
Bonded by their precocious taste in music (one of their first gigs was supporting their hero Mark E Smith of The Fall) during their A level years they were hanging out at Stockwell's Queen's Head – unofficial home to The Fat White Family.

"We were sucked into this alternative world which just crystallised everything we thought about" says Steen. "There were drag queens and jobseekers; people who'd been in bands, like Alabama3, The Ruts, and the bassist from Stiff Little Fingers – this older generation of people and they saw a kindred spirit in this little group of schoolkid runts."

Along with the Queen's head crew, The Fat Whites inspired and mentored them. "In a sea of mundanity the Fat Whites were exciting and dangerous," says Steen. "It was like watching chaos explode in front of you."
As their foothold in the South London scene grew, Shame instigated the daredevil club night, Chimney Shitters and creating a politically outspoken, DIY ethos reflecting a punk spirit in today's world.
"We are not puppets. Everything we do, we do ourselves," says former Camberwell student, Steen. "From our songs to our clothes to the artwork for the singles, T-shirts, and fanzines. It's all us. We are about creating a movement - it's all our blood, sweat and tears."

Shame's music is controversial, challenging, political and often unprintable. Visa Vulture (written two years ago) is a vicious indictment of Theresa May wrapped up in a happy love song. 'Gold Hole' is a satire of rock narcissism, while 'Tasteless' is about "Living in a world where nobody dares to say anything or do anything different."

But to be 'Shamed' you have to see them live. Their appearance at The Great Escape last May so knocked out the editor of French magazine 'Les Inrockuptibles' that he penned a two-page eulogy prompting a wave of Shamemania – a performance at Pitchfork Paris and on Le Grand Journal TV show in the slot usually reserved for the likes of Taylor Swift or Kanye West.

A sign of how fast they are steaming their way to the top is this. Last year they gate-crashed Glastonbury ("It was insane, says guitarist Coyle Smith. "We got the directions wrong and ended up walking miles round the perimeter with our instruments before we found the right hole in the fence") this year they have been invited to play by Billy Bragg on the Leftfield stage.

With a UK headline tour under their belt, 40-odd festivals this summer, their first album is being produced by Local Hero, aka Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy best known for techno music and work with James Blake. "As soon as we met them, it clicked," says Steen. "They had ideas that a stereotypical person producing a guitar band might not necessarily think of. And we never want to be predictable. We always want to do something unexpected."

Shame are: Charlie Steen (vocals), Sean Coyle-Smith (guitar), Eddie Green (guitar), Josh Finerty (bass), Charlie Forbes (drums)

Shame Rip Through “Concrete” Live

Filmed at Off The Cuff in Herne Hill (South London), this raucous live video exhibits shame’s ferocious live performance. The clip was premiered by Beat Magazine who said, “Londoners Shame are a force to be reckoned with…As you can see Steen’s snarlingly visceral delivery really takes on a life of it’s own live – his attitude is pure eat or be eaten.”

shame play London’s Scala this Wednesday October 18th (their biggest gig to date). They’ve also got a full run of dates (on both sides of the pond). Check ’em out below. Get thee to the gig.

Stream and/or Purchase Shame’s “Concrete”: https://shame.lnk.to/Concrete

shame tour dates
10/18/17 London, UK – Scala
10/24/17 Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
11/02/17 Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
11/03/17 Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
11/04/17 Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
11/05/17 Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
11/06/17 Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves
11/10/17 Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
11/12/17 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA w/ Dark Blue
11/13/17 Washington, DC – DC9
11/15/17 New York, NY – Home Sweet Home
11/16/17 Allston, MA – Great Scott
11/17/17 Montreal, QC – M for Montreal
11/18/17 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
11/19/17 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
11/20/17 Arden, DE – Arden Gild Hall w/ Ought
12/01/17 Paris, FR – Point Ephemeral
12/03/17 Frankfurt, DE – Zoom w/ GURR
12/04/17 Heidelberg, DE – Halle 02 Club w/ GURR
12/06/17 Cologne, DE – Gebaude 9 w/ GURR
12/07/17 Munster, DE – Gleis 22 w/ GURR
12/08/17 Essen, DE – Hotel Shanghai w/ GURR
12/09/17 Dresden, DE – Grove Station w/ GURR
12/11/17 Hannover, DE – Bei Chez Heinz w/ GURR
12/12/17 Bremen, DE – Lagerhaus w/ GURR
12/13/17 Hamburg, DE – Knust w/ GURR
12/14/17 Braunschweig, DE – Eule w/ GURR
12/15/17 Rostok, DE – Helgas Stadtpalast w/ GURR
12/16/17 Berlin, DE – Festaal Kreuzberg w/ GURR
02/02/18 Adelaide, AU – Hart’s Mill
02/03/18 Melbourne, AU – Footscray Community Arts Centre
02/04/18 Sydney, AU – Sydney College of the Arts
02/10/18 Brisbane, AU – Brisbane Showgrounds
02/11/18 Fremantle, AU – Esplanade Reserve and West End

Shame Release New Single “Concrete”; Debut Album Coming In Early 2018

Shame are: Charlie Steen (vocals); Sean Coyle-Smith (guitar); Eddie Green (guitar); Charlie Forbes (drums); and Josh Finerty (bass)

There’s a certain tingly, effervescent hum that pervades truly solid post-punk. A three-coffees-deep jitter, an anxious buzz. Well today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands Shame share their new single and video “Concrete”. It’s a bracing jolt of a song, liquid lightning and a rumble of thunder. “Concrete” races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, it’s call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil of schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.

“It’s about someone who’s trapped in a relationship and they’re being pummelled into surrender,” says singer and lyricist Charlie Steen. “It’s not about a physically abusive relationship – more an emotionally and psychologically draining one. The call-and-response vocals [between Steen and bassist Josh Finerty] is the central figure’s own internal dialogue. They are dealing with two different things that they don’t want to address.”

The band cite The Fall, Parquet Courts, Country Teasers, Television Personalities and Wire among their biggest influences, and the icily claustrophobic sound of “Concrete” sets it in a lineage with Magazine, Joy Division and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

As a lyricist, Steen is a modern flâneur, forensically observing the lives of others around him as they unspool and fracture, with Hubert Selby Jr. and Irvine Welsh his primary literary influences.

“That graphic and harsh style of writing always interested me,” he explains. “It’s not about the shock factor; it’s about the fact they are talking about these things in such great detail without stripping anything back.”

The London five piece have swiftly earned a reputation as one of the most visceral and exhilarating live bands in the UK, their combustible shows being honed through a heavy touring schedule in the UK and across Europe. Cutting their teeth on the squat-punk scene in the Queen’s Head in Brixton in 2015, where they were taken under the wing of Fat White Family, the white heat of their gigs quickly landed them support slots with Slaves and Warpaint. They were also personally invited by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field stage at Glastonbury this year.

Following two official singles – “The Lick”/”Gold Hole” and “Tasteless” on Fnord Communications as well as the digital-only Theresa May-baiting “Visa Vulture” (described by Steen as “the worst love song ever”) – “Concrete” is the first track to be released as part of their record deal with Dead Oceans.

“We started this band as a joke that went too far,” deadpans Steen. “What we do is quite strange and quite weird, but I get to meet a lot of people and I get to hear a lot of things. I am interested in the surrealism of reality.”

Watch the video for “Concrete” and see Shame’s full list of tour dates below.

Stream and/or Purchase Shame’s “Concrete”: https://shame.lnk.to/Concrete


SHAME TOUR DATES
Saturday, Sep. 30 – Margate, UK @ By The Sea Festival
Mon. Oct. 9 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Tue. Oct. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Lending Room
Wed. Oct. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Thu. Oct. 12 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Fri. Oct. 13 – Liverpool, UK @ Buyers Club
Sat. Oct. 14 – Dublin, IE @ Workamn’s Club
Wed. Oct. 18 – London, UK @ Scala
Sat. Oct. 21 – Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
Tue. Oct. 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Wed. Oct. 25 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri. Oct. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival
Thu. Nov. 2 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves Festival
Fri. Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right 
Sun. Nov. 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA 
Mon. Nov-13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 15 – New York, NY  @ Home Sweet Home
Thu. Nov. 16 – Allston, MA  @ The Great Scott
Fri. Nov. 17 – Montreal, QC  @ M for Montreal 
Sat. Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck 
Sun. Nov. 19 – Buffalo, NY  @ Mohawk Place 
Mon. Nov. 20 – Arden, DE  @ Arden Gild Hall +
Fri. Dec. 1 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Sun. Dec. 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom *
Mon. Dec. 4 – Heidelburg, DE @ Halle O2 *
Wed. Dec. 6 – Köln, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
Thu. Dec. 7 – Munster, DE @ Gleis 22 *
Fri. Dec. 8 – Essen, DE @ Hotel Shanghai * 
Sat. Dec. 9 – Dresden, DE @ Groove Station *
Mon. Dec. 11 – Hannover, DE @ Bei Chez Heinz *
Tue. Dec. 12 – Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus *
Wed. Dec. 13 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust *
Thu. Dec. 14 – Braunschweig, DE @ Eule *
Fri. Dec. 15 – Rostock, DE @ Helgas Stadtpalast *
Sat. Dec. 16 – Berlin @ Festaal Kreuzberg *
Fri. Feb. 2 – Adelaide, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 3 – Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 4 – Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 10 – Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 11 – Perth, AU @ Laneway Festival

+ with Ought
* with Gurr

Shame Sign to Dead Oceans, Share “Visa Vulture”

We’re ecstatic to welcome Shame to the fold. “Our music is about wanting to provoke something,” says Charlie Steen, 19-year-old lead singer of London’s most talked-about young band. “It’s not about standing onstage and singing pretty love songs. It’s about confrontation, energy, adrenaline and anarchy.” Since starting out as school boys, this five-piece band has become notorious for stealing every stage with the outrageous, jaw-dropping performances that have become the Shame signature.

Ardent fans will be familiar with song and it’s sentiment – “Visa Vulture” is a tongue-in-cheek ode to Theresa May, a darkly comical and raw take on the tense political climate. The refrain “won’t you let me stay”, is used to chilling effect. “We wrote Visa Vulture when May was only Home Secretary and we’re happy to make it widely available on the eve of probably the most important election we’ll ever vote in as a rallying cry, a wish that we’ll never have to pen another Tory bashing song for at least another 5 years come June 8th”, says the band.

As always, with their music and live shows alike, provocation is used as a tool for discussion.

Having already cemented themselves as a must-see live act, Shame have an impressive run of dates. Summer festival dates include Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Latitude, Green Man and End of the Road, with autumn club shows slated for October. Shame will play their biggest headline London show to date at the Scala. See full dates below.

Shame are: Charlie Steen (vocals), Sean Coyle-Smith (guitar), Eddie Green (guitar), Josh Finerty (bass), Charlie Forbes (drums)


Listen to ‘Visa Vulture’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yztNOX0H8HE
Listen to ‘Tasteless’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpi4V1bUEzM&t=52s
Listen to ‘Gold Hole’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYOqO-zJzho
Listen to ‘The Lick’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1TQXYl8_f0


Shame Tour Dates:

09/06/17 – Nimes, This is Not A Love Song
10/07/17 – Paris, We Love Green
15/06/17 – Nickelsdorf, Nova Rock
23/06/17 – Glastonbury, Glastonbury Festival
29/06/17 – Roskilde, Roskilde Festival
30/06/17 – Vilanova, Vida Festival
01/07/17 – Cleremont – Ferrand, Europavox Festival
13/07/17 – Carhaix, Veilles Charrues
14/07/17 – Southwold, Latitude Festival
15/07/17 – Tonsburg, Slotsfjell
22/07/17 – Neon, Paleo Festival
28/07/17 – Carbourg, Carboug Mon Amour
29/07/17 – Lowther, Kendall Calling
05/08/17 – London, Visions Festival
08/08/17 – Rees-Haldern, Haldern Pop
11/08/17 – Kent, Leefest
12/08/17 – Oslo, Oya Festival
17/08/17 – Trondheim, Pstereo Festival
18/08/17 – Bigginghuizen, Lowlands Festival
19/08/17 – Haselt, Pukklepop
20/08/17 – Brecon Beacans, Green Man Festival
26/08/17 – Reading, Reading Festival
27/08/17 – Leeds, Leeds Festival
03/09/17 – Salisbury, End of the Road
02 – 06/09/17 – Reykjavik, Iceland Airwaves
09/10/17 – Bristol, Louisiana
10/10/17 – Leeds, The Lending Room
11/10/17 – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
12/10/17 – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
13/10/17 – Liverpool, Buyer’s Club
14/10/17 – Dublin, Workman’s Club
18/10/17 – London, Scala
23/10/17 – Hamburg, Molotow Sky Bar
24/10/17 – Copenhagen, Loppen
25/10/17 – Beling, Musik & Frieden
26/10/17 – Cologne, Underground


Shame online:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shamebanduk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/shamebanduk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shamebanduk
Website: https://shamebanduk.bandcamp.com/

tour dates

10/24/17

Copenhagen, DK - Loppen

11/02/17

Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

11/03/17

Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

11/04/17

Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

11/05/17

Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

11/06/17

Reykjavik, IS - Iceland Airwaves

11/10/17

Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
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Concrete
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