Shame Release New Single “Concrete”; Debut Album Coming In Early 2018

Shame are: Charlie Steen (vocals); Sean Coyle-Smith (guitar); Eddie Green (guitar); Charlie Forbes (drums); and Josh Finerty (bass)

There’s a certain tingly, effervescent hum that pervades truly solid post-punk. A three-coffees-deep jitter, an anxious buzz. Well today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands Shame share their new single and video “Concrete”. It’s a bracing jolt of a song, liquid lightning and a rumble of thunder. “Concrete” races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, it’s call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil of schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.

“It’s about someone who’s trapped in a relationship and they’re being pummelled into surrender,” says singer and lyricist Charlie Steen. “It’s not about a physically abusive relationship – more an emotionally and psychologically draining one. The call-and-response vocals [between Steen and bassist Josh Finerty] is the central figure’s own internal dialogue. They are dealing with two different things that they don’t want to address.”

The band cite The Fall, Parquet Courts, Country Teasers, Television Personalities and Wire among their biggest influences, and the icily claustrophobic sound of “Concrete” sets it in a lineage with Magazine, Joy Division and Siouxsie & The Banshees.

As a lyricist, Steen is a modern flâneur, forensically observing the lives of others around him as they unspool and fracture, with Hubert Selby Jr. and Irvine Welsh his primary literary influences.

“That graphic and harsh style of writing always interested me,” he explains. “It’s not about the shock factor; it’s about the fact they are talking about these things in such great detail without stripping anything back.”

The London five piece have swiftly earned a reputation as one of the most visceral and exhilarating live bands in the UK, their combustible shows being honed through a heavy touring schedule in the UK and across Europe. Cutting their teeth on the squat-punk scene in the Queen’s Head in Brixton in 2015, where they were taken under the wing of Fat White Family, the white heat of their gigs quickly landed them support slots with Slaves and Warpaint. They were also personally invited by Billy Bragg to play the Left Field stage at Glastonbury this year.

Following two official singles – “The Lick”/”Gold Hole” and “Tasteless” on Fnord Communications as well as the digital-only Theresa May-baiting “Visa Vulture” (described by Steen as “the worst love song ever”) – “Concrete” is the first track to be released as part of their record deal with Dead Oceans.

“We started this band as a joke that went too far,” deadpans Steen. “What we do is quite strange and quite weird, but I get to meet a lot of people and I get to hear a lot of things. I am interested in the surrealism of reality.”

Watch the video for “Concrete” and see Shame’s full list of tour dates below.

Stream and/or Purchase Shame’s “Concrete”:

Saturday, Sep. 30 – Margate, UK @ By The Sea Festival
Mon. Oct. 9 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Tue. Oct. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Lending Room
Wed. Oct. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Thu. Oct. 12 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Fri. Oct. 13 – Liverpool, UK @ Buyers Club
Sat. Oct. 14 – Dublin, IE @ Workamn’s Club
Wed. Oct. 18 – London, UK @ Scala
Sat. Oct. 21 – Cardiff, UK @ Swn Festival
Tue. Oct. 24 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Wed. Oct. 25 – Groningen, NL @ Vera
Fri. Oct. 27 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival
Thu. Nov. 2 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves Festival
Fri. Nov. 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right 
Sun. Nov. 12 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA 
Mon. Nov-13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 15 – New York, NY  @ Home Sweet Home
Thu. Nov. 16 – Allston, MA  @ The Great Scott
Fri. Nov. 17 – Montreal, QC  @ M for Montreal 
Sat. Nov. 18 – Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck 
Sun. Nov. 19 – Buffalo, NY  @ Mohawk Place 
Mon. Nov. 20 – Arden, DE  @ Arden Gild Hall +
Fri. Dec. 1 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
Sun. Dec. 3 – Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom *
Mon. Dec. 4 – Heidelburg, DE @ Halle O2 *
Wed. Dec. 6 – Köln, DE @ Gebäude 9 *
Thu. Dec. 7 – Munster, DE @ Gleis 22 *
Fri. Dec. 8 – Essen, DE @ Hotel Shanghai * 
Sat. Dec. 9 – Dresden, DE @ Groove Station *
Mon. Dec. 11 – Hannover, DE @ Bei Chez Heinz *
Tue. Dec. 12 – Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus *
Wed. Dec. 13 – Hamburg, DE @ Knust *
Thu. Dec. 14 – Braunschweig, DE @ Eule *
Fri. Dec. 15 – Rostock, DE @ Helgas Stadtpalast *
Sat. Dec. 16 – Berlin @ Festaal Kreuzberg *
Fri. Feb. 2 – Adelaide, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 3 – Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 4 – Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 10 – Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 11 – Perth, AU @ Laneway Festival

+ with Ought
* with Gurr

Alex Lahey Shares “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself”

Being honest, either with yourself or someone else, can be hard as hell. More often than not is easier to sweep your thoughts under a mental rug, rather than summon the courage to face the truth. Yet somehow, Alex Lahey makes it seem so damn easy. “I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself” is an utterly confident profession of not being okay – the chorus a chaser of pure, blissful relief of laying it all out there.

Can you listen to this without feeling that? Can you listen without grabbing a hairbrush, broom, whatever’s closest and singing along? This song seeps into your pores like warm sunlight after a few cloudy days in a row. It just feels good. Lahey discusses the song, saying:

“A lot of the songs on the record are about the relationships that we engaging in with other people. ‘I Haven’t Been Taking Care Of Myself’ deviates from that in that it’s about the relationship that we have with ourselves and how that is reflected in the way we bring others into our lives. If you feel shit about yourself, you’re generally going to get off on the wrong foot with someone else.”

The video for the song, directed and illustrated by renowned Australian street artist Callum Preston, took over 14 hours and comprises 1,800 still photographers to assemble.

Lahey will bring her tour in support of I Love You Like A Brother stateside this November, kicking off in Boston on Wed., November 15th. A full list of tour dates are below.

I Love You Like A Brother is out October 6th. Pre-order your copy now:

Alex Lahey Tour Dates
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Witloofbar
Fri. Oct. 27 – Rotterdam, NL @ V11
Mon. Oct. 30 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
Tue. Oct. 31 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Musikclub
Wed. Nov. 1 – Berlin, DE @ Privat Club
Wed. Nov. 3 – Munich, DE @ Kranhalle
Sat. Nov. 4 – Stuttgart, DE @ Keller Klub
Sun. Nov. 5 – Fribourg, DE @ Espace culturel Le Nouveau Monde
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ La Mécanique Ondulatoire
Wed. Nov. 8 – London, UK @ Boston Music Room
Tue. Nov. 9 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Fri. Nov. 10 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Sun. Nov. 12 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Wed. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Thu. Nov. 16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Fri. Nov. 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
Sun. Nov. 19 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed. Nov. 22 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel – Underground
Fri. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
Sat. Nov. 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Wed. Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Thu. Nov. 30 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sat. Dec. 2 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Sun. Dec. 3 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Dec. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
Wed. Dec. 6 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Fri. Dec. 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Sat.Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Mon. Dec. 11 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Dec. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Wed. Dec. 13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Japanese Breakfast Releases Japanese Breakquest


Today, Japanese Breakfast‘s Michelle Zauner has released a RPG browser game titled Japanese Breakquest. The video game, which Zauner designed with Elaine Fath, features midi versions of all the songs from Japanese Breakfast’s critically acclaimed new album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, out now. The songs play from room to room and are available in full for download if you beat the game.

Zauner detailed the video game in conversations with Billboard and Polygon.

Set in space, the goal of the game is to collect pieces of the Machinist robot to help you defeat aliens trying to take over your ship. You can equip band merchandise and instruments, like a (Sandy) Alex G T shirt, or Frankie Cosmos’ Dan Electro to raise your characters’ stats and learn abilities like “Philly Indie Cred” and “Rip a Solo” to conquer your enemies.

No need to concern yourself with work today. Dive head first into Japanese Breakquest, we told your boss – it’s cool.

Japanese Breakfast are currently on their first-ever headlining tour in North America. Be sure to catch ’em if they come to your city! All dates below.

Japanese Breakfast Tour Dates
9/14 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s +
9/15 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda +
9/16 – Dallas, TX @ RBC +
9/18 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar +
9/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo +
9/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall +
9/22 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club +
9/23 – Eugene, OR @ HiFi +
9/25 – Portland, OR @ Holocene +
9/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret +
9/27 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile +
9/28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux +
9/29 – Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court +
9/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge +
10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Triple Rock +
10/4 – Chicago, IL @ Subterranean +
10/5 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
10/6 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory +
10/7 – Toronto, ON @ The Garisson +
10/8 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB +
10/11 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair +
10/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10/21 – Bristol, GB @ Simple Things Festival
10/23 – Cologne, DE @ Blue Shell
10/24 – Hamburg, DE @ Hakken
10/25 – Berlin, DE @ Badenhouse
10/26 – Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
10/27 – Gent, BE @ NEST
10/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling
11/2 – Brighton, GB @ The Joker
11/3 – Manchester, GB @ Soup Kitchen
11/4 – Edinburgh, GB @ The Mash House
11/5 – Glasgow, GB @ The Hug and Pint
11/6 – Leeds, GB @ Headrow House
11/7 – London, GB @ The Dome Tufnell Park

+ w/ Mannequin Pussy & Spirit of the Beehive

Destroyer Shares “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood”

On this very day, we are pleased to share the video for Destroyer’s new single “Tinseltown Swimming In Blood.” The video was directed by KC (aka Karen Zolo) as an adaptation of the much-revered classic film La Jetée, which addresses contemporary issues of identity, borders, and race.

“I’d just had a conversation about artist Chris Marker with a friend when I was approached to make a music video for the upcoming Destroyer album,” said Zolo. “‘You have a month.’ Okay… I had no idea what the song even sounded like, but the only idea I had was to remake Chris Marker’s La Jetée as faithfully as possible. It’s not just an homage to the great cine-poet; it’s also about the medium of film, about still photography. It would have been a billion times easier and less stressful to shoot it digitally, but it was worth it.”

ken, Dan Bejar’s 12th studio album, is out October 20th. It’s available for pre-order right now via:

UK/EU Tour Dates
Nov 12 Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel
Nov 13 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
Nov 14 Oslo, NO – John Dee
Nov 15 Stockholm, SE – Fasching
Nov 16 Copenhagen, DN – Vega
Nov 17 Berlin, DE – Festsaal Kreuzberg
Nov 19 Dusseldorf, DE – New Fall Festival
Nov 21 Zurich, CH – Rote Fabrik
Nov 22 Montpellier, FR – Le Rockstore
Nov 23 San Sebastian, ES – Teatro Victoria Eugenia
Nov 24 Lisbon, PR – Mexefest
Nov 25 Madrid, ES – Teatro Barcelo
Nov 26 Valencia, ES – La Rambleta
Nov 27 Barcelona, ES – Sala Bikini
Nov 29 Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Nov 30 Brighton, UK – Patterns
Dec 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Dec 03 Dublin, IE – Button Factory
Dec 05 Glasgow, UK – CCA (270)
Dec 06 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
Dec 07 London, UK – Scala
Dec 08 Paris, FR – Petit Bain
Dec 09 Amsterdam, NE – Paradiso Noord
Dec 10 Brussels, BE – Botanique Brussels

US Tour Dates
Jan 10 Portland, OR – The Wonder Ballroom
Jan 11 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Jan 12 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
Jan 13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Jan 15 Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Jan 16 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Jan 17 Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
Jan 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 19 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Jan 20 Chicago, IL – Metro
Jan 21 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
Jan 22 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Jan 23 Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Jan 24 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
Jan 27 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
Jan 28 Washington, DC – Black Cat
Jan 29 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
Jan 30 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan 31 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Feb 01 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
Feb 02 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
Feb 03 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Feb 05 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Feb 06 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Feb 07 Boise, ID – Olympic Venue
Feb 08 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
Feb 09 Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom

tour dates


Grenoble, FR - L'Amperage


Nancy, FR - L'Autre Canal


Bulle, CH - Ebullition


Munich, DE - Hansa 39


Zurich, CH - Bogen F


Bologna, IT - Locomotiv


Rome, IT - Traffic Club
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