SHAME

So­ci­etal break­down never sounded so good on these South Lon­don­ers’ spiky de­but.

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South Lon­don gut­ter­snipes’ snarling ri­poste to Brexit-era Bri­tain.

SHAME SONGS OF PRAISE DEAD OCEANS, OUT 12 JAN­UARY

With their con­fronta­tional live shows, a line of Tory-bait­ing band mer­chan­dise and an ob­scenely sex­u­alised on­line-only bal­lad for Theresa May, South Lon­don­ers Shame have emerged as one of Brexit-era rock’s most in­sur­rec­tionary new voices. Ac­cord­ingly, their de­but, Songs Of Praise, ex­plodes into ac­tion with Dust On Trial, ablaze with apoc­a­lyp­tic ire like ’ 80s doom­say­ers Killing Joke, as rawthroated front­man Charlie Steen barks, “Will you walk this land with me?”, amid dis­turb­ing images of global con­fu­sion and bleed­ing soil. The in­cen­di­ary mood largely pre­vails. With echoes of The Fall’s thun­der­ous Kraut-garage clat­ter­ing be­hind him, Steen avoids di­rect po­lit­i­cal comment, pre­fer­ring to nee­dle at the so­cial/do­mes­tic anx­i­eties aris­ing from these test­ing times. “I can stay afloat, mea­sure money with fear?”, he won­ders in Con­crete, “At least I can try.” It’s a scathing racket that’s a fab­u­lously cathar­tic an­ti­dote to the triple-dip re­ces­sion­ary blues. Cru­cially, the fury re­lents for oc­ca­sional pretty mo­ments, such as the FX-tin­gling One Ri­zla, and closer Angie’s fluc­tu­at­ing mael­strom, each map­ping a sonic ar­chi­tec­ture wor­thy of Felt. Mostly, though, Shame are here to cause dis­com­fort, to ag­i­tate with their ca­cophonous howl. In spo­ken-word track The Lick, Steen rails bit­terly at mu­sic that’s “re­lat­able not de­bat­able”, and those peo­ple who choose to lis­ten to it. “I don’t want to be heard if you’re the only one lis­ten­ing,” he con­cludes, ever the di­vi­sive Mark E Smith-style provo­ca­teur. It’s rarely an easy lis­ten, but in among all the post-punk ref­er­ences lurks a sound­track to 2018’ s loom­ing global catas­tro­phe that’s ur­gent and com­pelling. AN­DREW PERRY Lis­ten To: Con­crete | One Ri­zla

A FAB­U­LOUSLY CATHAR­TIC AN­TI­DOTE TO THE TRIPLE-DIP RE­CES­SION­ARY BLUES.

Shame (front­man Charlie Steen, sec­ond right): “are here to ag­i­tate with their ca­cophonous howl.”

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