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Shame – Drunk Tank Pink Album Review

Shame – Drunk Tank Pink Album Review


Almost three years to the day that Shame launched their visceral debut album Songs Of Praise they’re releasing the observe up, Drunk Tank Pink. After years on the street, the prospect of no gigs on the horizon by way of compelled isolation, intervals of self loathing and numerous reflection Shame arrived at their new report. 


Realising that self-medicating isn’t essentially one of the best ways to relaxation your demons and that partying arduous ceases to be fulfilling when the “music stops” entrance man Charlie Steen took a step again and began to deal with the state of affairs. In a cabinet that had beforehand been dwelling to a washer Steen squirreled himself away to “mirror and write”. (It is the decor of the room that impressed the title of the album).  

The resultant 11 monitor album, that has already given up 4 new tracks, is certainly completely different from it is 2018 predecessor. The lead monitor lifted from the album, and the album’s opening quantity Alphabet, remains to be in step with the band’s Post-Punk proclivities however the brand new materials is extra commercially inclined and barely much less confrontational. Shame have seemingly made an identical shift in path to that which Idles have on their newest album, Ultra Mono.

Shame’s subsequent singles. Water In The Well and Snow Day are additionally extra reserved and thought of than a few of their earlier materials. The instrumentation appears extra deftly dealt with, the preparations are much less haphazard and there may be extra singing than shouting. This is a band which have constructed on the platform they’ve established with a renewed confidence and an assured swagger. 

Nigel Hitter has a cool bass line to go with the staccato and “syncopated rhythms” that fly round and is harking back to some New Wave bands of the early 80’s. Born In Luton takes the usage of irregular and partially fragmented rhythms and splices them collectively to kind a music of many elements fused gloriously into one frantic and frenetic monitor while March Day bounces together with the power of an excitable teenager. The tympanic percussion is extra Indie-Pop than Post-Punk nevertheless it carries the music adeptly. 

Human, For A Minute is a slower monitor with a deep brooding bass line. The vocal therapy is extra solemn in nature and is as subdued as you’ve got ever heard Shame nevertheless it works. The layered harmonies in direction of the tip are usually not what you’d count on nevertheless it does emphasise the rising maturity within the band the place because the shortest monitor on the album, Great Dog, kicks you firmly again right into a extra energised efficiency that Shame have change into synonymous with.

The three tracks that shut out Shame’s second album, 6/1, Harsh Degrees and eventually the household property sized Station Wagon all showcase a band rising into themselves. 6/1  is a relentless, ahead dealing with outpouring of emotion, Harsh Degrees an unapologetic frenzy of riotous noise and Station Wagon a sprawling close to 7m monitor that calms every little thing down with it is hypnotic, darkish bass and virtually jazzy percussion. 

On Drunk Tank Pink Shame have channeled their blended feelings of the current previous, used the unhealthy negativity they’ve skilled and are available collectively to ship up a placing new album that each surprises and satisfies in equal measure. 

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