Frenzy, rage and the exasperation of youth. That’s what South London band Shame do best. And if you want to get on their wavelength it’s time to hit the road this Saturday as the Simple Things festival returns to Bristol.

Best of all the five-strong crew of Shame will be playing our London in Stereo stage at the all-dayer, alongside Idles, Bad Breeding, Lice and Klangstof. And it’s certainly the best way to catch Eddie Green, Charlie Forbes, Josh Finerty, Sean Coyle-Smith and Charlie Steen of the up-and- coming band in an intimate setting.

They describe themselves as ‘punk’ but with the ‘patter of The Streets and the spittle of Mark E Smith’. It’s a bold claim – but one they stand up well with their unbridled noisy rock which is honed at their practice spot in a cluttered upstairs room of Brixton’s Old Queens Head pub.

And ahead of their London in Stereo stage appearance at Simple Things, we asked frontman Charlie Steen to give us the five songs that have most influenced the young band. And from Iggy Pop to Bill Grundy, here’s the blueprint to their raucous sound that is certainly nothing to be ashamed of.

Which Way to Go – Eddy Current Suppression Ring

“Eddy Current Suppression Ring is a band that was introduced to us by our good friend Jason Playford. He put on Primary Colours after a night at his, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since. I’m pretty sure they made this record at home, simple fuck off Aussie rock. Piss in the bottle.”

Where’s Bill Grundy Now – Television Personalities

“This is a little ditty from West London’s finest musical export. Several TV Personalities EPs and albums have become true staples in shame’s travel playlist over the past few years, nearly overtaking such classics as Every Rose Has Its Thorn by Poison. Whack this on next time you walk through Chelsea and try not to take all your clothes off.”

Dirt – Iggy & The Stooges

“Funhouse has had a massive influence on our sound, especially when we all first started writing together. This sludgy interlude is one of the Stooges finest pieces of work, capturing the sound of raw filth through Iggy’s menacing croon and a bass line that will curl your nails.”

Totally Wired – The Fall

“The importance of The Fall can’t be emphasised enough, one track doesn’t quite justify the diversity and brilliance this group have to offer. Playing with them earlier this year was something of a dream come true for us, although a chance encounter with Mark E. Smith ended up with our Eddie locking himself in the toilet.”

Rip It Up – Orange Juice

“This song always reminds me of the Queens Head in Stockwell. We used to spend all our time at that place, and you could always count on some Orange Juice being dropped on the aux. It almost felt as if a second home was being taken when it shut down.”


Shame play Simple Things Festival on October 22nd.