Review: Shame – 11/04/18 – The Cluny, Newcastle


The Kids Are Solid Gold presented Shame to a completely sold-out venue at The Cluny last week and boy was it one hell of a show! 

Hands up, I am late to the Shame party! In fact I tweeted on album release day for their debut ‘Songs of Praise,’ that I didn’t know who they were. It wasn’t until my social feeds started to fill up about this band that I had enough so decided to press play…

I thought, ‘oh another loud indie male band,’ then when the third track ‘One Rizla’ came on, I continued, now understanding the hype. Seeing they were heading to The Cluny, I had to get in on the action, especially when I saw that the Berlin band Gurr were supporting. And what a night it proved to be.

Gurr opened with most of the sold-out crowd already there for the punk-pop-garage sounds. It is Gurr’s fourth visit to Newcastle. With each North East performance their crowd grows in numbers.

They engaged the crowd with their infectious energy and even had us on the floor and screaming at the top of our lungs. Unfortunately, for both bands there was no time for a real sound check. This was due to classes in neighbouring buildings. Ironic, considering that there was a song on their setlist called ‘Don’t Go To School.’

A mic malfunction saw the sound guy ‘be a part of their set’ too. Even their mini take on Gwen Stefani’s ‘Hollaback Girl’ going into ‘Rollerskate’ was fun. These little quirks added to their already enticing set.

I don’t think there was a moment to breathe for Gurr with their strong shouty vocals and lots of jumps and falls to the stage floor. They could be considered as a bubblier, female version of what we were yet to witness.

Again, a brief soundcheck and time to grab beers then with about five minutes to spare, every inch of the floor was taken. It was going to be a messy one.

The set started with a quiet introduction. However as soon as the beats got loud and front man Charlie Steen gets on the vocals for ‘Dust On Trail’, the night started as it meant to go on.

The crowd moshed non stop and Steen came out to the front ledge of the stage. After the opener Steen immediately thanked Newcastle, as it is the city his Mum and a lot of his family is from. They even bring a friend on stage towards the end. This really was some party.

The collective stage persona of Shame is loud and aggressive. Steen asks the crowd to come in closer – if that’s even possible – somehow they manage. In doing so he says he won’t bite as he’s Southerner and the people of the North could take him.

They jump around on stage with band member Josh Finerty doing most of it. As for moshing, crowd surfing and towards the end even a bit of crowd walking, Steen is the main culprit.

Steen and Finerty that are the most energetic. Though there’s no denying the place of Charlie Forbes who is mainly covered in smoke at the back on his drums. The band’s other two string strummers Eddie Green and Sean Coyle-Smith.

Classed as post-punk they also bring a bit of pop with the aforementioned track ‘One Rizzla,’ and dance with ‘Friction,’ or so the band claim. Whatever you define it as being it’s definitely energetic and very sweaty live.

Such is the case with the set that Steen’s polo shirt is off. Beer is poured (and sometimes thrown) into the mouths of some gig goers so they could rehydrate so to speak!

Shame are basically five South London guys having fun making music and bringing it to life. They have clearly worked hard for this and make sure that their fans know how grateful they are. There are even dedications to certain members of the crowd that Steen picks out as the show goes on.

There is even a kiss blown to a young curly haired lad as they sing ‘Angie’ and an almost duet with a blonde haired girl at the front. The crowd were a very mixed bunch. Shame showed there are no boundaries to their music but one word of advice if seeing them live: practice your moshing skills!


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