Since playing the festival last year, Shame’s star has been on the rise. They’ve just released debut album Songs of Praise to rapturous, well, praise and for good reason. From beginning to end, it courses with venom and wit backed by ferocious motorik riffs.
Along with HMLTD and INHEAVEN, the band belongs to a south London scene showing that guitar music can still be a place for fresh thinking and visceral thrills. It’s an album for these times: seething post-punk that recalls early Fugazi, and speaks of anger and disaffection.
Life affirmingly volatile and the very definition of reckless abandon, Shame’s live performances are a vital part of what they do. Charismatic frontman Charlie Steen steals the show, Ian Curtis-like on stage, spending most of the show semi-clothed and staring down the audience.