Shame share ‘Nigel Hitter’, the latest track to be taken from their long-anticipated new album Drunk Tank Pink – out January 15 via Dead Oceans.
The track was premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record in the World’ and follows previously released singles ‘Alphabet’, ‘Water in the Well’ and ‘Snow Day’.
Grinding into gear via a heavy, driving bassline, the track opens up to a mesh of guitars which motor the song through its stirring hooks and explosive vocal delivery. There’s a similar, gripping unpredictability running throughout Drunk Tank Pink; a bold and ambitious new record which marks a sonic leap forward for the band.
Listen to ‘Nigel Hitter’ by Shame on the Official Fantasy Premier League playlist on Spotify.
‘Nigel Hitter’ started life as the band readjusted to a new normal back home, having spent much of their adult life on tour.
On ‘Nigel Hitter’, frontman Charlie Steen explains, “’Nigel Hitter’ is one of the vital organs of Drunk Tank Pink. A necessary pulse. Focused on daily routine, repetition, and how extraordinary any ordinary task seemed to me after coming home from touring. A world of percussion and joy lies within.”
The South London post-punk outfit features vocalist Charlie, guitarists Sean Coyle-Smith and Eddie Green, bassist Josh Finerty, and drummer Charlie Forbes. The quintet met in school and formed the band in 2014 while still in their teens.
The band signed to Dead Oceans in 2017 and quickly recorded their debut at Rockfield, the same studio as Oasis’ Definitely Maybe. The result was Songs of Praise, which on the day of release in early 2018 saw the band on The Guardian’s front page lauded as the leaders of a new wave of guitar music.