With so many huge acts in and out of our doors, it’s easy to forget those that are out there, tirelessly working their way up to the top who deserve your attention. This week, we’re putting the spotlight on scrappy young indie-punks, Shame.
For Fans Of: Slaves, Cabbage, Sleaford Mods
Essential Listening: 'One Rizla', 'Concrete'
Most teenagers spend their summers after exams going on group holidays, working jobs at the local cafes and preparing for the big bad world of University, but not Shame. They do things differently.
Formed in South London in the hazy months after finishing their college exams just over three years ago, the five musicians spent their time holed up in a pub and studio space in Brixton, practicing and writing songs that, little did they know, would change their entire career plans for the future.
Once they’d started gigging around the local circuit, they quickly began making friends with notable upcomers in the scene, including Goat Girl and The Fat White Family, who later took them on tour. Their live energy and shouty, indie sound grabbed people’s attention immediately and early singles ‘Gold Hole’ and ‘The Lick’ announced them as a guitar band not to mess with.
Following a support tour with Slaves, a slot at Pitchfork Paris, one rowdy performance at The Great Escape festival (which landed them a £700 damage fee) and a terrible love song aimed at Theresa May, Shame were well on their way to becoming one of the most talked about bands to come from the UK.
The band signed a record deal with Dead Oceans early last year and soon got to work on writing their debut full-length, which took only 10 days to complete, but when you have a lot to say, these things happen quite quickly.
Songs Of Praise, the confident and engaging collection of work that makes up Shame’s debut album, was released at the start of 2018 and has already been named a highlight of the year. Full of boisterous, in-your-face anthems that tackle everything from self-doubt to politics, the passion that shines through it all is remarkable. This is a band who aren’t here to write some nice indie songs that’ll do alright on the radio, they’re practically knocking on your door, telling you to wake the f*ck up and do something with your life.
If you’re still wondering why they’ve become one of the most exciting bands of 2018, just take a look at their recent live track record. They've sold out headline shows both here and in other countries months in advance, whilst also jumping on tours with the likes of Warpaint and Fidlar, and things aren't going to slow down anytime soon either.
With more headline dates booked for November, the tour will see them take on their biggest stages yet, so if you want to experience Shame for yourself, you’re gonna have to get your tickets quick.
Catch Shame live at the following shows:
O2 Academy Leicester: Saturday 17 November - Buy Tickets
O2 Ritz Manchester: Thursday 22 November - Buy Tickets
O2 ABC Glasgow: Saturday 24 November - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Oxford: Tuesday 27 November - Buy Tickets
O2 Institute Birmingham: Wednesday 28 November - Buy Tickets
O2 Forum Kentish Town: Friday 30 November - Buy Tickets
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