shame – Food For Worms (Transparent Purple Vinyl)
Release date: 24/02/2023 Record Label: Dead Oceans
LP – Limited Edition Transparent Purple Vinyl.
Shame release Food for Worms, their explosive third record via Dead Oceans. On the one hand, new album Food for Worms calls to mind a certain morbidity, but on the other, it’s a celebration of life; the way that, in the end, we need each other. The album is an ode to friendship, and a documentation of the dynamic that only five people who have grown up together – and grown so close, against all odds – can share.
The album marks a sonic departure from anything they’ve done before. Shame have abandoned their post-punk beginnings for far more eclectic influences, drawing from the sharp yet uncomplicated lyrical observations of Lou Reed and the more melodic works of 90s German band, Blumfeld.
They called upon renowned producer Flood (Nick Cave, U2, PJ Harvey, Foals) to execute their vision. Recording each track live meant a kind of surrender: here, the rough edges give the album its texture; the mistakes are more interesting than perfection. In a way, it harks back to the title itself and the way that with this record, the band are embracing frailty and by doing so, are tapping into a new source of bravery.
1. Fingers of Steel
7. The Fall of Paul
8. Burning By Design
9. Different Person
10. All The People