Shame return home to claim Brixton as their own

Shame are a band full of punk spirit, both their music and gigs are full of political commentary and community feel.

Tonight’s album launch party is more of the latter, mainly full of family and friends, like us at Happy People, is a joyous homecoming.

Shame have played at the Windmill tens of times, frontman Charlie Steen guessing approximately 60 before the show, the band feel at home and that is obvious. Most gig reviews you’ll read focus on the setlist but this gig is different. Tonight’s gig is about more than that and to review this gig based on the songs Shame played would do a disservice to everyone present at The Windmill tonight. In a crowd full of friends and family scattered with a few lucky fans tonight’s homecoming gig is all about thanking those people who have supported the band through 3 years of struggle and passion.

Shame played through their debut album and finished with a cover of the B52s (that may have been a joke but by that point we were too sweaty and tired to care) and every song was accompanied by a big, brutal mosh pit.

Steen ditched his shirt 3 songs in and members of the crowd committee the indie sin,  follow his lead in the knowledge this crowd wouldn’t care. Everyone watching was energetic and carefree but no one minded. A night of celebration needs people to go crazy and take off their clothes and tonight filled that description. 

Support came from friend of the band Indiqo, a jokey EDM act with songs exclusively about rowing which everyone got on board with. 15 minute later Indiqo and a friend, introduced Shame onstage for a gig crazier than The Windmill has probably ever seen. There were not 15 seconds that passed, without a fan ending up onstage trying to keep their balance from the feral mosh pit behind them. The Windmill is not a venue necessarily conducive to such a scenario but having cut their teeth here Shame know how to get the crowd going.

Given this gig was only a day after the release of their album ‘Songs of Praise’ and every song Shame play is accompanied by a unanimous singalong and limbs flying everywhere, a casual viewer would assume this was a world renowned band whose album was released months ago and got a high chart position. Shame have a stage presence that is unrivalled, certainly in the South London guitar scene and possibly even beyond. The microphone gets shared amongst crowd members screaming lyrics and hyping the band up even more. How a stage invasion didn’t occur is a mystery but we can only assume this was because of some godly power who knows Shame are destined for massive things and wanted to make sure tonight was the night they got to celebrate their own success.

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