South London alleged-post punks Shame are one of the U.K.'s most exciting new bands.
So exciting in fact that it took no less than an alert from the President of the United States to distract (4:15) from the band's recent interview at Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke.
Shame's debut full-length, Songs of Praise, has enrapt rock fans around the world. But as compelling as the studio version of the band is, there's little that compares to the band's live presence, as thousands of audiences around the world can attest.
"Before we released the album last year, we did a lot of intense touring," said front man Charlie Steen. "We'd probably done like six or seven tours of the U.K., a few tours of Europe. We did 47 festivals last summer; this year we did 35."
"We've been doing, on average, 150 shows a year," added guitarist Eddie Green.
With all that time on the road, staying engaged through the ebb and flow of a tour is the biggest challenge, Steen explains. But they're handling it by bringing their best each night.
"I think it's how you learn to deal with it 'cause obviously it is very exciting in a lot of moments, and then other moments it's such unbelievable boredom," says Steen.
Still, it's the highs that they remember the best. When asked about their favorite-ever performances, the band lights up and throws around the names of places like New York, San Tropez and La Route du Rock Festival in France.
Check out the full interview above!
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