Songs of Praise
Rough Trade Album of the Year 2018 No. 1
Debut album from Shame. Available on a Limited AOTY Rough Trade Exclusive Opaque Beige Vinyl with Bonus All the Hits CD EP.
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Young South London alt-rock alchemists forge pure and passionate guitar-frenzied post-punk beauty from chaos on their debut album.
South Londoners Charlie Steen (sings), Sean Coyle-Smith & Eddie Green (guitars), Charlie Forbes (drums) and Josh Finerty (bass) met in school, practised in Brixton (in the space that Fat White Family used (often borrowing their gear)) and ran their own club night (the beautifully monikered ‘Chimney Shitters’). This is their debut album - recorded at Rockfield in Wales - 10 perfect tracks in 10 days.
If you’ve ever had the good fortune to see an uber-exuberant live show from Shame you’ll be impressed at this album. How they’ve managed to capture, tame and implement the energy from those performances. Built on a world of finely aimed chaos this is a triumphant metamorphosis of fury into beauty. Soaring, crashing guitars, heavy heavy monster drums pounding and circling, spirals of sound lifting into the stratosphere with the call and response of many voices travelling from an ominous rumble to a scream let loose. These boys are alchemists and they’ve turned the quicksilver live show fraught with emotion and passion into audio gold. Epic sounds abound for your hearts.
Shame thrives on confrontation. Whether it be the seething intensity crackling throughout debut LP Songs of Praise or the adrenaline-pumping chaos that unfolds at Shame’s shows, it’s all fueled by feeling. Comprised of vocalist Charlie Steen, guitarists Sean Coyle-Smith and Eddie Green, bassist John Finerty, and drummer Charlie Forbes, the London-based five-piece began as school boys. From the outset, Shame built the band up from a foundation of DIY ethos while citing The Fall and Wire among its biggest musical influences. Utilizing both the grit and sincerity of that musical background, Shame carved out a niche in the South London music scene and then barreled fearlessly into the angular, thrashing post-punk that would go on to make up Songs of Praise, their Dead Oceans debut. From Gold Hole, a tongue-in-cheek takedown of rock narcissism, to lead single Concrete detailing the overwhelming moment of realizing a relationship is doomed, to the frustrated Tasteless taking aim at the monotony of people droning through their day-to- day, Songs of Praise never pauses to catch its breath. For fans of The Chameleons, Early U2, Happy Mondays, Echo and the Bunnymen and Alternative TV.
CLUB MEMBER ALBUM REVIEW
"I consider myself a "music guy" so for someone to introduce me to something mind-blowing, that I have not heard of before, is a challenge (just ask my family/friends when they try to introduce me to new music)! Your January album of the month, Shame "Songs of Praise" is not only probably going to be my favorite album of the year, but it is steadily growing to be one of my all-time favorite albums! I describe them as the musical love-child of Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer (I know, that is an image to have in your head, right?). From that moment that I received the album, I have probably listened to that album about 50 times! I even had the pleasure of seeing them live in a tiny basement venue with about 20-30 other lucky listeners... They didn't come out and see that there were so few people in the crowd, they came out as if they sold out largest venue in the city! From the first note of Dust On Trial, to their final song Gold Hole, they played with the intense energy that their album brings out! Old souls in very young bodies, as they seemed to have played together for 20 years, so I am EXTREMELY excited to see what they have in store for us next! This album is just amazing! I can't believe that One Rizla was the very first song they wrote together, because that song is such a finely polished punk-pop gem and Concrete is such a kick in the stomach with the singer and bassist trading off lyrics, as if the 2nd vocal was the singers subconscious!" - Josh Nerat, Rough Trade US Club Member
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