Review: Shame @ The Leadmill, Sheffield

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After following this amazing bands music since I first heard about them a year ago, I was extremely excited to finally get the chance to see them perform at ‘The Leadmill’ after they released a second show date for November by popular demand.

‘Shame’ are an incredible, alternative rock band from South London and I believe that the reason why they are so successful, is because they are reminiscent of the 70s punk bands such as ‘The Stranglers’, ‘The Clash’ and ‘The Sex Pistols’.

Their songs have a meaningful and political message, which I think is becoming less prevalent in the music industry hence why their rebellious style creates such a buzz for the audience.

You do really get a sense when you see them perform live that you are a part of something very rare and special, which is a resurgence of young rock bands with something important to say, such as in the song ‘The Lick’ which talks about the ‘four chord future’ of music.

From watching videos of their live sets I was excited to see the performance, especially the lead singer who didn’t fail to meet my expectations, confidently strolling onto the stage with his arms stretched out making him look like a monk, with his bleach blonde buzz cut and bare chest.

He really put all of his effort into showing the frustration behind the lyrics of the bands music by angrily striding along the stage and yelling into the microphone.

He also crowd surfed three times and stood up on the metal barriers between the stage and the crowd and when the bouncers tried to get him down he yelled the lyrics in their faces, which amused the audience.

My favourite song that I was looking forward to the band performing all evening was their song ‘Friction’ which perfectly displays the bands impressive lyrical ability.

The song asks many rhetorical questions such as ‘do you ever help the helpless, do you give them any time?’ and ‘in a time of social justice, how can you not want to be heard?’ which I believe perfectly summarises the impact of social media on politics, as people fight to voice their opinions in a sea of information and reflects the way that this band really makes you think about the issues of our modern world.

I couldn’t recommend this young, extremely talented band more and I really do believe that they have an even more successful future ahead of them.

If you would like to check out their music and keep updated with what they are up to then check out their website.

Words by: Amy Clarke

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