Thursday, September 17, 2020

Shame release new single ‘Alphabet’ with Electric Brixton Show announcement

New powerful single but is it too late?

Surprise single and music video drop from the South London Punk Lads Shame with ‘Alphabet’. It’s been two years of silence from the Shame, with rumours in the ether of a second album ready to go.

The rumours only sparked higher with Web-chat series they were doing during lockdown with other bands like Fontaines D.C. lead singer; Grian Chatten, with the band’s friends discussing how good the second album is.

Then with one day’s notice across Shame’s social media accounts teasers to keep your eyes open on the 10 th September. The day came and they dropped ‘Alphabet’. It’s pure, unapologetic punk; the boys are back and aren’t holding back and showing us why we love Shame. They have not lost their identity or energy in their hiatus.

Alphabet is relentlessly brilliant, with a blend of rolling drums, punchy bass and raw feedback guitar riffs, woven together with snarling throw off lyrics. It’s a pure and frankly brilliant. The song discusses relationships, the subconscious and social normalities in our society.

Alongside the single they dropped a video for the song as well. It was directed by Tegen Williams; who has also directed videos for Mount Kimbie and Babeheaven. The video is surreal, chaotic, a never ending blend of different cut-aways with only enough time for your brain to keep up. My only question; this could be my cynical nature but is it too late? With their ‘competitors’ like IDLES, Fontaines D.C. already on their second or third album and a new trend in punk to release albums and songs at a fever pitch, have Shame missed the boat?

But you can’t take away from this incredible song and I can’t wait for my cynical mind to be debunked with more releases and new album.


By: Elliot Gibson



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