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Since starting out as school boys, this five-piece band has become notorious for stealing every stage with the outrageous, jaw-dropping performances that have become the shame signature. Their riotous two-year journey has included gate-crashing a Glastonbury stage, supporting The Fat White Family, Warpaint and Slaves, performances in Europe, Austin Texas, a nomination for best new artists at the prestigious Anchor awards, headlining their own UK tour and releasing the double A-side single, Gold Hole/The Lick and follow-up, Tasteless.

Formed in the playgrounds of South London, Steen met guitarist Sean Coyle-Smith at primary school. They got together with guitarists Josh Finerty and Eddie Green at secondary school. Charlie Forbes –the drummer – was at nursery school with Green. Bonded by their precocious taste in music (one of their first gigs was supporting their hero Mark E Smith of The Fall) during their A level years they were hanging out at Stockwell’ s Queen’ s Head – unofficial home to The Fat White Family.

“We were sucked into this alternative world which just crystallised everything we thought about” says Steen. “There were drag queens and jobseekers; people who’ d been in bands, like Alabama3, The Ruts, and the bassist from Stiff Little Fingers – this older generation of people and they saw a kindred spirit in this little group of schoolkid runts.”Along with the Queen’ s head crew, The Fat Whites inspired and mentored them. “In a sea of mundanity the Fat Whites were exciting and dangerous,” says Steen. “It was like watching chaos explode in front of you.”As their foothold in the South London scene grew, shame instigated the daredevil club night, Chimney Shitters and creating a politically outspoken, DIY ethos reflecting a punk spirit in today’ s world.

“We are not puppets. Everything we do, we do ourselves,” says former Camberwell student, Steen. “From our songs to our clothes to the artwork for the singles, T-shirts, and fanzines. It’ s all us. We are about creating a movement - it’ s all our blood, sweat and tears.”shame’ s music is controversial, challenging, political and often unprintable. Visa Vulture (written two years ago) is a vicious indictment of Theresa May wrapped up in a happy love song. ‘ Gold Hole’ is a satire of rock narcissism, while ‘ Tasteless’ is about “Living in a world where nobody dares to say anything or do anything different.”.

But to be ‘ shamed’ you have to see them live. Their appearance at The Great Escape last May so knocked out the editor of French magazine ‘ Les Inrockuptibles’ that he penned a two-page eulogy prompting a wave of shamemania –a performance at Pitchfork Paris and on Le Grand Journal TV show in the slot usually reserved for the likes of Taylor Swift or Kanye West. A sign of how fast they are steaming their way to the top is this. Last year they gate-crashed Glastonbury (“It was insane, says guitarist Coyle Smith. “We got the directions wrong and ended up walking miles round the perimeter with our instruments before we found the right hole in the fence”) this year they have been invited to play by Billy Bragg on the Leftfield stage.

With a UK headline tour under their belt, 40-odd festivals this summer, their first album is being produced by Local Hero, aka Dan Foat and Nathan Boddy best known for techno music and work with James Blake. “As soon as we met them, it clicked,” says Steen. “They had ideas that a stereotypical person producing a guitar band might not necessarily think of. And we never want to be predictable. We always want to do something unexpected.”
Hailing from Madison, WI and Viroqua, WI, Isaac deBroux-Slone and Raina Bock
were introduced as infants, and went on to transform their life-long friendship
into the band Disq in their early teens.
Raised by artistically-inclined parents, Raina grew up attending Waldorf schools
and learned to play multiple instruments at a very young age, while Isaac spent
countless hours teaching himself to produce and record music in his mom’s
basement. After honing his sensibilities recording his and Raina’s early work, he
went on to record Disq’s first full effort, 2016’s mini-LP, Disq 1 . Isaac then
began recording his friends’ bands in that same basement and while both
members were still in their teens, Disq released their first project, helped usher
in other new talent through Isaac’s engineering work and opened shows for the
likes of Whitney, Twin Peaks, Jay Som, and Quilt as those bands toured through
In January 2019, Disq released a 7” single titled “Communication b/w Parallel ”
as part of Saddle Creek’s prestigious Document Series, along with an
accompanying video shot in and around the rolling hills of Viroqua, WI. Upon
release, “Communication” was hailed as one of The Fader’s “20 Best Rock
Songs,” and one of Stereogum’s “90 Favorite Songs of 2018.”
The band—whose line up has grown to include Brendan Manley, Logan
Severson, and Shannon Connor—made its debut at SXSW in March of 2019,
having been named one of NPR’s “Austin 100” bands to watch, and NME’s
“Five New Bands to Check Out.” Following their showcases in Austin, Disq was
among Paste Magazine’s “20 Best Acts at SXSW” and made Vi nyl Me, Please’s
list of “10 Best Artists We Saw at SXSW 2019.”
The band is currently recording its first full-length release in Madison and Los
Angeles, and bringing its homegrown brand of psych-soaked power-pop to
stages across the country.