Gaining high acclaim from Rough Trade as album of the year, Shame‘s debut album Songs of Praise, released January of this year on Dead Oceans, is chock full of post-punk worthy riffs wound tight with unbridled energy. Carrying their physically impressive live set around the globe, South London’s quintet has just released their music video for “Dust on Trial”, which also marks as their stunning opener off their 2018 record.
Director BISON (Friendly Fires, Bonobo) pays homage to old school B-films, accomplishing sinister horror tropes that lure in the viewer without letting the constraint of the track’s three and a half minute time span serve as a barrier. Charlie Steen’s vocals hold an initial illusion of security with his straight-forward lyrical delivery, reciting I’ll always be here to hear your words […] I’ll always be here to hold your hand, yet plummets into lurching inflections and ominous space that work to create tension as a cohesive whole between the aural and visual. Clever shifts and flashing of light pop brilliantly side by side with Steen’s repetitious yells of closer and closer as the track’s building anxiety comes to a climax. Shame’s jarring guitars and the video’s threatening depictions of brandishing knives, a haphazard grave and split second violet imagery make “Dust on Trial” a rare and creative standout among an onslaught of the unimaginative and worthy of repeat viewings.
Shame will be playing a sold-out performance tonight in London at 02 Forum Kentish Town followed by a string of dates next month in Europe as well as a stop in Las Vegas, NV in May for the Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival:
December 7 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
December 8 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich
December 9 – Berlin, DE @ S036
December 10 – Munich, DE @ Strom
December 12 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
December 13 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
December 14 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
May 24-27 – Las Vegas, NV @ Punk Rock Bowling & Music Festival
Image Credits: Photo by Holly Whitaker.