The post-punk of London band Shame has a lot of heart

“One Rizla” is a punchy taste of their new album.

November 15, 2017

Beneath the sneering vocals and warring guitars, there’s a finely attuned sense of songcraft to the post-punk of south London band Shame. That’s evident on “One Rizla,” a full-throttle yet heartfelt guitar jam that’s the first single taken from their debut album, Songs Of Praise, coming January 12 on Dead Oceans.


The video is kind of blokey but a very likeable way, as the band members take a playful camping trip to a farm in the British countryside, collecting chicken eggs and roasting marshmallows over an open fire.

Over email, Shame explained more about the song and video: “Embracing insecurity as a strength is what this song is about. It's the first song we ever wrote as a band and I think that's reflected in the simplicity of it. It's honest and raw, whilst attempting a stab at number one in the pop charts across the eastern hemisphere. We wanted to turn the album artwork into the video for ‘One Rizla,’ highlighting our vulnerability as individuals whilst paying homage to [U.K. cult movie] Withnail & I simultaneously.”


Watch the video above, and get an exclusive first peek at the Songs Of Praise album art below.

The post-punk of London band Shame has a lot of heart

U.S. tour dates:

Nov 15: New York, NY @ Home Sweet Home
Nov 16: Allston, MA @ The Great Scott
Nov 17: Montreal, QC @ M for Montreal
Nov. 18: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
Nov 19: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
Nov 20: Arden, DE @ Arden Gild Hall

U.K. & Ireland tour dates:

Apr 4: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Apr 5: Thekla, Bristol
Apr 6: Magnet, Liverpool
Apr 7: Whelans, Dublin
Apr 9: The Leadmill, Sheffield
Apr 10: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Apr 11: Cluny, Newcastle
Apr 12: Stereo, Glasgow
Apr 13: Gorilla, Manchester
Apr 14: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Apr 16: The Cookie, Leicester
Apr 17: Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
Apr 18: Electric Ballroom, London
Apr 19: The Bullingdon, Oxford
Apr 20: The Haunt, Brighton
Apr 21: The Forum, Tunbridge Wells

The post-punk of London band Shame has a lot of heart