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Shame - Drunk Tank Pink - Limited Edition Opaque Pink Vinyl LP

Shame - Drunk Tank Pink - Limited Edition Opaque Pink Vinyl LP

Dead Oceans

Regular price £20.69 £18.99 Sale

Released: 15 Jan 2021

Limited Edition Opaque Pink Vinyl LP

There are moments on Drunk Tank Pink where you almost have to reach for the sleeve to check this is the same band who made 2018’s Songs Of Praise. Such is the jump Shame have made from the riotous post-punk of their debut to the sprawling adventurism and twitching anxieties laid out here. The South Londoner’s blood and guts spirit, that wink and grin of devious charm, is still present, it’s just that it’s grown into something bigger, something deeper, more ambitious and unflinchingly honest.

The genius of Drunk Tank Pink is how these lyrical themes dovetail with the music. Opener Alphabet dissects the premise of performance over a siren call of nervous, jerking guitars, its chorus thrown out like a beer bottle across a mosh pit. Songs spin off and lurch into unexpected directions throughout here, be it March Day’s escalating aural panic attack or the shapeshifting darkness of Snow Day. There’s a Berlin era Bowie beauty to the lovelorn Human For A Minute while closer Station Wagon weaves from a downbeat mooch into a souring, soul- lifting climax in which Steen elevates himself beyond the clouds and into the heavens. Or at least that’s what it sounds like.

From the womb to the clouds (sort of), Shame are currently very much in the pink.

Tracklist

A1 Alphabet
A2 Nigel Hitter
A3 Born In Luton
A4 March Day
A5 Water In The Well
A6 Snow Day
B1 Human, For A Minute
B2 Great Dog
B3 6/1
B4 Harsh Degrees
B5 Station Wagon