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 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

06/29/17

Roskilde, DK - Roskilde Festival

06/30/17

Vilanova, ES - Vida Festival

07/01/17

Clermont-Ferrand, FR - Europavox Festival

07/06/17

Hradec Kralove, CZ - Rock for People Festival

07/06/17

Belfort, FR - Eurockennes

07/10/17

Paris, FR - We Love Green Festival

07/13/17

Carhaix, FR - Veilles Charrues
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