Shame

Shame have been together just over three years and in that time have become the most viscerally thrilling new band in the UK. They will release their highly anticipated debut album at the start of 2018.

South London school friends Charlie Steen (vocals), Sean Coyle-Smith (guitar), Eddie Green (guitar), Charlie Forbes (drums) and Josh Finerty (bass) formed the band in a practice space at the infamous Queen’s Head in Brixton. Given three long months - rather than the usual six weeks - to fill in June 2014 after their AS levels, starting a band seemed the best use of that time for everyone.

The Queen’s Head was a lawless space where The Fat White Family rehearsed. "We kind of just took refuge there," says Forbes. "The Fat Whites didn't really know we existed for a while until we started using their stuff as we didn't have any instruments."

It was the filthy incubator that shaped the band and opened their eyes to whole new ways of life as the much older freaks, dropouts and misfits of South London who frequented it treated it like a freewheeling community centre. "You could do whatever you wanted there," recalls Steen. "Nothing was off limits."

By Christmas 2014 they got their first headline show at The Windmill in Brixton and ran into likeminded bands their own age such as Goat Girl (now signed to Rough Trade), Shark Dentist, Sorry (now signed to Domino) and the Dead Pretties. An embryonic scene was taking shape at the venue and the catalyst was to be Chimney Shitters, Shame’s semi-regular night where they handpicked three other acts to play and they headlined. Following this, they landed a series of support slots. First with California punk band The Garden - where they played their first run of shows outside of London - and then with The Fat White Family where they played Ireland for the first time.

A pivotal show at The Great Escape in Brighton in 2016 was both disaster and triumph. First, they were threatened with a bill for £700 for damage to a venue. "I tore down a chandelier by swinging on it Adam & The Ants-style," admits Steen. However, JD Beauvallet of Les Inrockuptibles saw them at that show and wrote an effusive two-page feature on them that helped get them booked at Pitchfork Paris in October and land their first TV appearance on France’s Le Grand Journal. "It was so surreal doing live TV," says Forbes, "but that was the moment it dawned on us that we might be onto something."

While on tour with Slaves, they released their debut single - The Lick / Gold Hole - on Fnord Communications. Recorded and produced by Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy, they would go on to do Tasteless, the band’s second single, in March 2017 and record their debut album. Just before that, they put out a video for Visa Vulture, an attack on Theresa May’s stance on immigration and described by Steen as "the worst love song ever".

Warpaint, having seen them at Pitchfork Paris, gave the band a support slot on their UK tour in March 2017. As a band that is rarely off the road, they have played over 47 festivals this year and "well over" 130 shows in total. "We have always wanted people to talk about the show after they have watched us," says Forbes. "If you are talking about it we have done something right."

After fielding multiple record label offers, Shame signed with Dead Oceans in early 2017. They recorded debut album Songs Of Praise in Rockfield in Wales in 10 days. At just 10 tracks and a run time of 39 minutes, it’s a compression of everything they are about. "We wanted our first album to be concise and to the point," says Steen. "No bullshit."

Picked as the first single from the album in September, Concrete is "about someone who’s trapped in a relationship and they’re being pummelled into surrender" according to Steen, its call-and-response vocals swinging between self-doubt and assurance.

Lead single into album is One Rizla. The track is about embracing insecurities, something which Steen had to do when the band first started playing live - taking his shirt off, getting right into the crowd, commanding such a ferocious live show.

Tasteless is a neat compression of Shame’s latent pop sensibility, a tightly wound rallying cry against creeping conformity. "It is looking at what effect indifference can have on a person and if you're willing to move forward or if you're stuck on certain smaller issues," explains Steen.

The standout moment from their live shows, Gold Hole leans heavily on a sense of disquiet - steadily building, dropping down to a sinister pant, finally erupting in a frenzy. "It's the debate about the difference between exploitation and empowerment," says Steen, "looking at sexual labour through a stereotypical tabloid perspective."

Angie is a dark and epic closer, its musical chiaroscuro hinting at where the band could move next. Steen calls it "a dark love story" where "a guy is in love with this girl at a young age and she kills herself but he's still feeling so much love towards her". It builds from a gentle three-note intro to a towering conclusion that distils the beauty, pain and darkness of the story behind it.

"We are trying to capture a moment that has yet to cease - something that is ongoing and developing," says Steen on what Shame’s driving force is. "Something that is honest in a lot of ways. None of these stories are fabricated. They are all, unfortunately, true."

Shame Announce Debut Album ‘Songs Of Praise’ :: Out January 12th

We’re so happy to announce the debut album from Britain’s most exciting young band, Shame. Songs of Praise is out January 12th, 2018, and the video for new single “One Rizla” is available to watch now.

Shot on a farm in Lancashire, the video sees the young band’s first, moderately successful and entertaining foray into farm-work, with a less than amused patriarch overseeing their work. It’s directly related to the album artwork for Songs of Praise with singer Charlie Steen stating ‘We wanted to turn the album artwork into the video for ‘One Rizla’, highlighting our vulnerability as individuals whilst paying homage to Withnail & I simultaneously.”

The track itself is the first song the band wrote together. “I think that’s reflected in the simplicity of it,” Steen states. A song about embracing insecurity as a strength, he continues, “It’s honest and raw, whilst attempting a stab at number one in the pop charts across the Eastern hemisphere.”

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 – including an incredible sold out show at the Scala and a personal invite by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field stage at Glastonbury this year. The band is currently bringing their live show to the East Coast, and recently announced 2018 dates as well.


Pre-order Songs Of Praise
https://shame.lnk.to/songsofpraise

Songs Of Praise Tracklisting
1. Dust On Trial
2. Concrete
3. One Rizla
4. The Lick
5. Tasteless
6. Donk
7. Gold Hole
8. Friction
9. Lampoon
10. Angie

Shame Tour Dates (new dates in bold)
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
Fri. Feb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat. Feb. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall
Mon. Feb. 19 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Tue. Feb. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Thu. Feb. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Fri. Feb. 23 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Sat. Feb. 24 – Columbus, OH @ Spacebar
Sun. Mar. 11 – Mesa, AZ @ Underground
Mon. Mar. 12 – Fri. Mar. 15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sat. Mar. 16 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s &
Sun. Mar. 17 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi-Lo Lounge &
Mon. Mar. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade &
Tue. Mar. 19 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight &
Wed. Mar. 20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle &
Thu. Mar. 21 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar &
Wed. Apr. 4 – Cardiff, UK @ Club Ifor Bach
Thu. Apr. 5 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Fri. Apr. 6 – Liverpool, UK @ Magnet
Sat. Apr. 7 – Dublin, IE @ Whelans
Mon. Apr. 9 – Sheffield, UK @ The Leadmill
Tue. Apr. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Wed. Apr. 11 – Newcastle, UK @ Cluny
Thu. Apr. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
Fri. Apr. 13 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Sat. Apr. 14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
Mon. Apr. 16 – Leicester, UK @ The Cookie
Tue. Apr. 17 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Wed. Apr. 18 – London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
Thu. Apr. 19 – Oxford, UK @ The Bullingdon
Fri. Apr. 20 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
Sat. Apr. 21 – Tunbridge Wells, UK @ The Forum
Wed. Apr. 25 – Nijmegan, NL @ Doornroosje
Thu. Apr. 26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Fri. Apr. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
Mon. Apr. 30 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Wed. May 2 – Stockholm, SE @ Bar Brooklyn
Thu. May 3 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
Sun. May 6 – Warsaw, PL @ Bardzo Bardzo
Mon. May 7 – Prague, CZ @ Futurum
Tue. May 8 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
Fri. May 11 – Zurich, CH @ Dynamo Werk
Sat. May 12 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Club
Mon. May 14 – Barcelona, ES @ Side Car
Tue. May 15 – Madrid, ES @ La Boite
Thu. May 17 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbery
Sun. May 20 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
Tue. May 22 – Brussels, BE @ Rotonde

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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

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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:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/shamebanduk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shamebanduk
Website: https://shamebanduk.bandcamp.com/

tour dates

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
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