LIVE REVIEW: Shame @ Newcastle University (23.11.18) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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This year has undoubtedly been Shame‘s year, with the widely acclaimed Songs Of Praise now appearing in a multitude of album of the year lists. Tonight is sure to be a wild celebration of their wonderful year, first up are Fontaines D.C. who appear to be following in the footsteps of their contemporaries, politically charged riff heavy punk music exudes from the stage throughout their set. They’re followed by Sorry who open with some delicate shoegaze before poorly and unsuccessfully attempting to channel The Breeders, their short set lacks enthusiasm or direction leaving the crowd flat.

The same sentiments cannot be applied to Shame though who take to the stage in suitably excitable fashion, opening with Dust on Trial they have this boisterous crowd on side from the start. Front man Charlie spends half of this set in the crowd and the other half conducting them as they scream back the words to every song. One Rizla, Friction and Gold Hole all see this crowd turn into an exuberant entwined mass of bodies as they soak up these powerful punk tracks. As this emphatic set draws to a close, there is little you can fault Shame for this evening, these energetic anthems have enthused everyone in the room. Tonight they have undoubtedly proved why Songs Of Praise has been so highly praised.

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