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Shame are a gnarly five-piece who count Fat White Family and Mica Levi among their cohorts Don't miss their squalid South London sound on the festival circuit this summer.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 6 Jun 2016
  • min read
Who? Shame are Eddie Green, Charlie Forbes, Josh Finerty, Sean Coyle-Smith and Charlie Steen.

What? Full blooded rock ‘n’ roll rantings.

From where? South London.

What’s the story? This gnarly five-piece first began tearing off the roof and scaring the neighbours just a couple of years back, using the Fat White Family’s South London rehearsal space as a breeding ground for their brash sonic swagger.

Much like their stablemates, Shame’s sound skirts around the edges of punk, ska and blues, building an agitated momentum as they bounce off each other with each rip-roaring riff.

In front man Charlie Steen, they’ve unearthed a brassnecked lyricist whose deadpan delivery and general contempt recalls the charming arrogance of The Fall’s Mark E Smith or Tom Mayne from David Cronenberg’s Wife.

It all adds up to a supple live show, where the antsy apparatus of pure rock ‘n’ roll is given a squalid South London twist.

It’s no surprise then that, over the last 12 months, they’ve been cleaning the floor with just about every titchy London venue who’ll have them over. Many have ended up playing unwitting host to the mischievous misdemeanours of their growing fan base as temperatures rise and clothes are shed.

Fresh from a couple of shows at The Great Escape last month – which brought them love from bloggers across the UK and Europe - they’re now gearing up for a summer of low key festival live dates and a show at The Old Blue Last, Shoreditch (details below).

On the recorded side, movement has been fairly slow, with just a couple of tracks out in the world - but they more than make up for it on latest release The Lick.

The accompanying video was recorded live at their Dropout Studios by Mica Levi and Tony Harewood and is a sight to behold. See below…

Sounds like? The dawn of a new era for South London rock ‘n’ roll.

Predicted to? Become a UK-wide must-see band this autumn.

Must hear? The Lick:

2 July: Old Blue Last, Shoreditch
16 July: Truck Festival, Oxford
30 July: Y Not Festival, Pikehall
3 September: 1-2-3-4 Festival, Bow
3 September: In The Woods Festival, Kent

Top picture credit: Africa Pombo