They’re back and back with a bang as Shame release another new track, this one, titled ‘Snow Day’, has come equipped with a searing new video too. The South Lodnon boys are proving that absence really does make the heart grow fonder and, with a new song, comes the ever-alluring prospect of a brand new album on the way.
The latest teaser from Drunk Tank Pink, the new LP that arrives on 15th January from Dead Oceans, is an archetypal piece of Shame post-punk joy. Mired in the drudgery of British greyness, the band jump onto the frivolity of a snow day with all the smiles and clapping hands of a bus queue. But while the beat is most certainly down, the intensity of the song is up there with the group’s best.
It feels like we’re constantly waiting for a new Shame album, such is the power with which they deliver said powerhouse record then retreat to their abodes. It’s a feeling that has undoubtedly been aided by the global lockdown but there’s still a heavy sense of anticipation growing for the new LP. Judging by this song it will be another barnstorming affair.
“A lot of this album focuses on the subconscious and dreams, this song being the pivotal moment of these themes,” Charlie Steen explained in a statement. “A song about love that is lost and the comfort and displeasure that comes after you close your eyes, fall into sleep, and are forced to confront yourself.”
That’s the crux of why Shame have found such a willing audience over the previous years and now, in 2020. The group aren’t here to thrash through some chords, bathe the audience in sweat and leave without so much as a second thought. What makes the band so enticing is the sheer volume of thought that goes into every song. This is the intellectualised punk rock revolution beaming into your eardrums.
While we wait for the full dose of Shame to arrive on January 15th via Drunk Tank Pink, the new single ‘Snow Day’ tells us everything we need to know about what’s to come.