Song of the Day: Shame – Fingers of Steel

In 2018 Shame took their debut ‘Songs of Praise’ around the world, doing over 300 live dates, and later in 2021 they released ‘Drunk Tank Pink,’ the record that reinvented the band’s sound and the concept of Anglo-Saxon post-punk.

‘Songs of Praise’ was pure teenage rage, while ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ deepened a different kind of intensity by diving into unexplored musical genres.

‘Food for Worms’ is proof of the London band’s maturity, the record that singer Charlie Steen claims is “the Lamborghini of Shame albums.”

For the first, they didn’t try to find inspiration by digging inside themselves, but by trying to capture the world around them. “It’s strange, isn’t it? Pop music is always about love, heartbreak or self. There’s not much about friends.” In many ways, the album is an ode to friendship and a documentation of the dynamic that only five people who grew up together-and grew up so close, against all odds-can share.

The album cover was created by Marcel Dzama, whose style evokes dark fairy tales and surrealism, suggesting the unspoken, what lies beneath the surface.

‘Food for Worms’ was recorded from city to city and theater to theater during the last European tour and produced in the studio by His Majesty Flood (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, U2, Foals).

With the new album Shame move away definitively from their post-punk beginnings and move for toward more eclectic territories influenced by the essential lyricism of Lou Reed and the search for melody typical of 90s bands such as Germany’s Blumfeld. Enjoy Fingers of Steel!