- Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the British post-punk quintet that includes Charlie Steen, Sean Coyle-Smith, Eddie Green, Josh Finerty, and Charlie Forbes.
- Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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MojoJan 5, 2018There's no escaping Steen's brutal vision, guitarists Eddie Green and Sean Coyle-Smith and Edge-like chimes to Concrete's verses, before the terrace chorus tilts the mood back to belligerent. No Brit band is better equipped to set 2018 alight. [Feb 2018, p.91]
Jan 11, 2018There’s a Stone Roses-style naive melody on Friction, and Angie is the kind of epic that closed Britpop albums. But there’s also seething post-punk that recalls early Fugazi, and the lyrics--full of blood, spunk and dirt--are far too jaded and contradictory to make for easy indie-disco fodder.
Jun 19, 2018Without a doubt one of the most enjoyable and energetic albums to come out of the UK scene in a long time. Shame provide a breath of fresh airWithout a doubt one of the most enjoyable and energetic albums to come out of the UK scene in a long time. Shame provide a breath of fresh air for post-punk and rock alike, with a record throbbing with power throughout. Songs of Praise is a tongue-in-cheek name for an album whose lyrics serve their purpose as a sour commentary on the state of society and the state of the political sphere, from the frantic ramblings of 'Concrete' to the spitting disapproval of a sexual affair in 'Gold Hole'. A ride from start to finish, not one to be missed, perhaps the album of the year, and all in a debut record, making it all the more exciting.… Expand
Jan 13, 2018Solid, consistent and full of political and social messages. A post-punk blast that will never fail to grab your attention a single minute,Solid, consistent and full of political and social messages. A post-punk blast that will never fail to grab your attention a single minute, especially if you're a fan of rock music… Expand
Sep 30, 2018The whole punk rock genre has properly been done to death. Anytime I check out a new band branded as "punk" I'm pretty much always leftThe whole punk rock genre has properly been done to death. Anytime I check out a new band branded as "punk" I'm pretty much always left disappointed. "Songs of Praise" doesn't. The opening track "Dust on Trial" is like a petrol bomb thrown from your speakers. The rest of the album isn't quite as vitriolic and it's probably more post punk than the pure substance but these lads are definitely from the traditional punk school, no doubts about it. "One Rizla" is a (successful) stab at radio play only to be followed up immediately by "The Lick" with the screams of "bath me in blood" finishing this particular number. The rest of the album is bursting with highlights, songs full of licks and riffs all the while being driven by snarling, spat out lyrics. This is one of the true albums of the year, delivering on a multitude of levels.… Expand
Jan 18, 2018Wow, these guys are so deep. Look at how deep these guys are. Listen to their game-changing lyrics like, "Do you know the difference betweenWow, these guys are so deep. Look at how deep these guys are. Listen to their game-changing lyrics like, "Do you know the difference between what is right and what is wrong?" So **** profound.
Yeah, I'm sorry, but this isn't working for me. I've listened to this album thrice already and every time, I've been unable to resist rolling my eyes. These Talking Heads wannabes seem to be getting a lot of praise, though, so maybe I just don't get it.
Sorry, boys. You wanted your music to be debatable, not relatable. Well, you got your wish. And I debate no.… Expand
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