Having spent the year tearing around the UK and Europe gig circuit honing their intense, spirited sound and truly making a name for themselves, Londoner’s Shame have finally announced their highly anticipated first full-length. Titled Songs of Praise and set for release in January, the record is forged by the raucous anthems they’ve been playing live, including new single One Rizla, which is preceding the album’s release. Possibly the band’s most melodically assessable venture, its an inclination of the range that the band wish to explore as they continue to develop their sound and channel the mundanities of modern exisistence.
A track filled with defiance and understanding of the self, in ‘One Rizla’ Shame have a song that can not only define them but also herald a direction from which they can find their balance and place. Defined by the well-honed thickness of the guitars that conjur subtle dissonance and hope in equal measure, Charlie Steen is incensed but also at his most frank and undeterred, beating his chest as he clarifies the personal intentions of someone leaving their mark and how they should be taken as they come or not at all; “and I’d rather be fucked than sad, and that’s a start“. Through the battered, industrial toughness of growing up in the modern day, Shame attempt to herald a glimmer of hope by instilling the notion of simply showing pride in who you are.
Songs of Praise is available from January 12th via Dead Oceans. Watch the video for One Rizla below. The group have announced a new lengthy U.K. tour for April 2018, check out the dates below.
Apr 4 ~ Cardiff. Clwb Ifor Bach
Apr 5 ~ Bristol. Thekla
Apr 6 ~ Liverpool, Magnet
Apr 7 ~ Dublin, Whelans
Apr 9 ~ Sheffield, The Leadmill
Apr 10 ~ Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Apr 11 ~ Newcastle, Cluny
Apr 12 ~ Glasgow, Stereo
Apr 13 ~ Manchester, Gorilla
Apr 14 ~ Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Apr 16 ~ Leicester, The Cookie
Apr 17 ~ Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Apr 18 ~ London, Electric Ballroom
Apr 19 ~ Oxford, The Bullingdon
Apr 20 ~ Brighton, The Haunt
Apr 21 ~ Tunbridge Wells, The Forum
Feature Photo by Holly Whitaker