From London’s Southside comes the post-punk stomp of Shame, a quintet of tooth and nail-fighting performers. Their debut album Songs of Praise came out earlier this year via Dead Oceans, and the band is already on a roll with new material for album two. Saturday night during their set at Standon Calling, a festival in Hertfordshire, England, they played a new song with the placeholder title “No Name.”
Charlie Steen’s two main vocal gears are spoken word-esque recitation and a rasping shout. On “No Name,” he stays mostly with the former, keeping the huskiness in his voice as he states, “Well isn’t this a place that you call Heaven, well I see you only as Hell.” Although introduced as “No Name,” it’s unlikely that the band will stay attached to that as the permanent title. A song previously referred to as “Untitled” was christened “Human, For A Minute”, and more recently on Twitter, drummer Charlie Forbes said, “That name sucks and I do not much care for it,” of keeping the title “No Name.” Shame’s 10-track debut was recorded in just 10 days, and as far as their sophomore album, it doesn’t seem like there are plans for a large gap. Forbes, who for the most part runs the band’s Twitter account, said they’re writing and have some “bits and bobs” in the works along with two finished songs—“Human, For A Minute” has a good shot at being on their second album as well, according to the band’s Twitter.
Shame will continue on the festival circuit this summer, and will be going on tour in the U.K. in November and Europe in December. Check out their full tour dates here. Paste called Shame one of 15 new British bands you need to know in 2018, and there’s still plenty of time left in the year to check them out. You can start by listening to them perform the unnamed “No Name” below.