“On Saturday night in Store VEGA, shame proved why their reputation as a live band is so respected. It was absolutely brilliant,” GAFFA wrote earlier this year in the 6-star review, after having experienced the English post-punk band shame live in Copenhagen.
The London quintet debuted in 2018 with the record Songs of Praise that received great praise from outlets like Pitchfork, The Guardian, and NME. They were hailed as one of post-punk’s greatest hopes and suddenly found themselves on a cross-continental tour of close to 350 shows. It sounds intense, and it was – to the extent that front man, Charlie Steen, suffered a series of panic attacks, and the tour was cancelled.
The band had to reinvent themselves and the result was the angsty, identity-centered second record Drunk Tank Pink, which NME called both more ambitious and more accomplished than its predecessor.
The beginning of 2023 saw the band release Food for Worms, their third record, named “the Lamborghini of shame records” by Steen himself. The album sees the band in a place of hard-won maturity and turns away from exploring their own identities to capturing the world around them. Food for Worms was recorded entirely live while playing festivals all over Europe and perfectly captures the essence of what it’s like experiencing shame on stage: Lots of energy and hard work.