Along with IDLES and the more erratic Fat White Family, Shame are another English lad guitar band who are thankfully miles outside the usual dead-end indie-rock channels that have all but smothered guitar music’s grip on the mainstream.
Shame were one of the highlights of La Route du Rock in Brittany in the summer, with their debut album Songs of Praise turned into a pogo-ready punk blast — upping the ante on their record filled with swaggering black humour, fury and grotesque observations of modern England. And in the case of breakout single One Rizla, a melancholy nostalgia trip about young, broke relationships.
They’re in the Tivoli in Dublin tonight and it wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest they’d be overshadowed by Dublin act Fontaines DC, snarling, sarcastic dry-witted post-punk that lands somewhere between The Fall and Whipping Boy.
- Shame play Dublin’s Tivoli tonight (Wednesday)