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Alternative & Indie - Released January 12, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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As intense as an XS G-string stretched around an XL derrière, Shame isn’t here to joke around. The concentrated post-punk that is at the heart of this debut album from the London quintet stands out through its charisma, violence and originality. Songs Of Praise even sounds like the soundtrack to a really grey, frustrated England. There’s a lot of The Fall, Gang Of Four and Killing Joke in this sonic bundle of nerves, but it never sounds retro or backwards. Like Fat White Family, Ought or even Vietnam, Shame belongs in 2018 and you can definitely hear it! Straight from Brixton, singer Charlie Steen, guitarists Sean Coyle-Smith and Eddie Green, drummer Charlie Forbes and bass player Josh Finerty produce and cage their seemingly visceral irritation on punchy songs (Dust On Trial) that are sometimes poisonous and throbbing (The Lick) but at other points more genial (One Rizla). Here, Shame play brazen, uncompromising and unapologetic rock. Just one listen to Songs Of Praise and your body will come out bruised, yet you will keep asking for more. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 15, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Songs Of Praise was rather the eye of the post-punk revival storm. With this first Qobuzissime album, released in 2018, Shame won listeners over through a mixture of charisma, violence and originality, producing an ambiguous soundtrack for a grey England, frustrated and alert, an electric symphony that inherited from predecessors like the Fall, Gang Of Four and Killing Joke... Two years later, singer Charlie Steen, guitarists Sean Coyle-Smith and Eddie Green, drummer Charlie Forbes and bassist Josh Finerty are still going strong. And just as well. The Brixton gang have mostly found the right balance for their difficult second album, retaining the characteristic style of Songs of Praise without wallowing in it. Drunk Tank Pink plays with changes of rhythm, imprecations, tense – even very tense – sequences, over-the-top repetitive passages, and humorous gimmicks too. Above all, the teenage rage is eclipsed a little in favour of increased sound space and reflection. Losing identity and navigating reality, Steen has pulled out all the stops to make this second album more... adult? "After we finished touring," the singer explains, "I was left with a lot of silence as I stumbled around trying to figure out the daily routine. On top of that, I was confronting my subconscious at night through a series of intense dreams which left me in a daze during the day.  ‘Nigel Hitter’ feels like a cathartic expression of that period.” On Born in Luton, Shame opens on an almost-funky groove in the Talking Heads/ESG mould, before taking a 180° turn towards a more oppressive ambiance. The Londoners fascinate with this schizophrenic pivot that repeats throughout the song and fits well with the atmosphere of a hectic world. And when the 41st and final minute of Drunk Tank Pink comes to an end, the urge to take a ride on this neo-post-punk rollercoaster is overwhelming. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 6, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 18, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 10, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 3, 2020 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 23, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Rock - Released April 19, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2021 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 15, 2017 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 20, 2017 | Dead Oceans

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Punk / New Wave - Released February 26, 2018 | Quality Control HQ Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 25, 2018 | Dead Oceans

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Rock - Released September 19, 2019 | Shame

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Rock - Released September 3, 2021 | Shame

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2016 | Dead Oceans

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 29, 2017 | Dead Oceans

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 8, 2017 | Golden Era Music, Inc

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Pop - Released May 21, 2016 | Jeff Crabtree

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Pop - Released November 9, 2018 | Shame

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  • Neo-Post-Punk Rollercoaster!
    Neo-Post-Punk Rollercoaster! Songs Of Praise was rather the eye of the post-punk revival storm. With this first Qobuzissime album, released in 2018, Shame won listeners over through a mixture of charisma, violence and original...
  • Shame on you!
    Shame on you! The Qobuzissime debut album from five frustrated guys, experts in post-punk...