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Shame: Drunk Tank Pink

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With their 2018 debut album, Songs of Praise, Shame emerged as England’s most pissed-off post-punk group. The boys behind the band rejected basically everything. Did they want to be rock stars, asked The Guardian? No. Would they say yes if a brand wanted to use a Shame song in an ad? Of course not. Unless, one member said, it was a “tequila flavour Bud Light” sponsor. Accompanying a YouTube video for a song about Theresa May, the band wrote, “We would like to take this opportunity to humiliate and debase her frankly evil political record even further.” But the subversive music scene that birthed Shame has changed since 2018, disappearing as South London gentrified. Amid this confusion, the quartet recorded a second album that is just as energetic as its first, except that anxiety may have replaced anger. New influences appear, too—Talking Heads, Talk Talk, some funk. Drunk Tank Pink may find the boys less sonically and philosophically resolute, but they are just as intriguing, fun, and, of course, loud. —C.J.F.

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