Shame have shared another taster from their forthcoming album Drunk Tank Pink with new single, ‘Nigel Hitter’.
The South Londoners second album is due to arrive on January 15th through Dead Oceans and is the highly-anticipated follow up to their revered 2018 debut Songs of Praise. Frontman Charlie Steen previously discussed how the new album arrived as a reaction to being forced to spend time at home due to the current pandemic and adjusting to life without touring. “When you’re exposed to all of that for the first time you think you’re fucking indestructible,” the singer said. “After a few years you reach a point where you realise everyone needs a bath and a good night’s sleep sometimes.”
He added: “You become very aware of yourself and when all of the music stops, you’re left with the silence. And that silence is a lot of what this record is about. The common theme when I was catching up with my mates was this identity crisis everyone was having. No one knows what the fuck is going on.”
The latest single from the record epitomises Steen’s statement as ‘Nigel Hitter’ sees the singer frustratingly deal with life’s monotony. “Like the wheels on a bus, It just keeps on turning, And as the cream gets wetter, The udder keeps on churning,” the singer laments in the track’s opening verse.
The frustrated energy continuously builds up throughout the song until eventually leading up to a chaotic payoff at the end. The crescendo perfectly replicates losing your intuitions at the end of the day in a desperate bid to make up for the nothingness that took place before. Steen euphorically sings: “I never did nothing, I couldn’t handle, Burn at both ends, That’s my candle, I’m burning at both ends, I’m burning at both ends naturally.”
Steen commented about the track: “‘Nigel Hitter’ is one of the vital organs of Drunk Tank Pink,” frontman Charlie Steen said of the track. “A necessary pulse. Focused on daily routine, repetition, and how extraordinary any ordinary task seemed to me after coming home from touring. A world of percussion and joy lies within.”
‘Nigel Hitter’ is everything you’d want from a Shame track, open and honest lyrics that are captivating whilst being relatable but most importantly, underpinned with a fiery sound that knits everything together powerfully. Drunk Tank Pink is setting up to be an evolution of Shame, lining up to potentially be one of 2021’s great albums and an antidote to January’s incessant blues.