Last time we met Esme-Dee, Henry and Sidonie they graced the prestigious stage at The 100 Club in London. They hinted that their album was on the brink of completion, and after flooding the venue with their signature reverb/funk jams our palettes were craving for that release.
Months down the line, that day has finally come. ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ represents a new era for the band, seemingly abandoning the more basic surfy pop songs in favour of a sound filled with synths, cow bells and intensely funky rhythm sections. Esme-Dee pointed this out when we spoke in September, stating that “post-punk, funk and dancey stuff” has had an influence on their evolving sound.
The album opens with ‘Mango’ which still holds resonance to the bands surf roots, but bolsters this new fuller sound. The lyrics transport you to a sunny mind-set filled with palm trees and hippies as far as the eye can see.
The albums leading single, I Only Bought It For The Bottle, has been around for a few months and gave insight into the bands funk fetish. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted how juicy the outcome would be. Released on a cold English day, this album has the ability to take you away from normality, in a similar fashion that Manchester kings The Stone Roses Debut, painted a skeletal Manchester in 80’s indie, dance pop songs.
If you haven’t already, get grooving to Silver Dollar Moment at your nearest convenience.
An anticipated album from a band that’s shaping the modern British post-punk scene, bringing with it the old school guitar and vocal influences of the 70’s and 80’s such as The Clash, The Fall, and The Stranglers: Songs of Praise is a beautiful mix of British punk and modern post-punk.
‘Songs of Praise’ features singles such as ‘Gold Hole’, a bluesy punk rock track in which the guitars provoke a tone of West Coast post-punk/garage rock bands like FIDLAR and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – but with the grit of a South London punk band. Another single featured, released in 2016, is ‘The Lick’, where Josh Finerty’s bass line is an enticingly 80’s groove throughout – marking their influences from the golden years of British punk.
The five-piece’s latest single, ‘One Rizla’, will also be included. Charlie Steen’s lyrics joke about the music industry’s obsession with image and reputation, “My nails ain’t manicured/My voice ain’t the best you’ve heard/And you can choose to hate my words/But do I give a fuck”. The lyrics throughout the album may have tongue-in-cheek overtones, but they call out real issues and cut deep. In the song, ‘Tasteless’ – in which the riffs and licks of the guitars inspire head-banging throughout – it includes the lyrics, “Sodomy had a place in the past/But now it’s fashionable”, and talks about the tastelessness of celebrities, musicians and politicians who get called out for it, “internal crisis glued to an ego’s need”.
‘Songs of Praise’ is sure to be an explosive start to 2018, and makes us at GreatWave excited for more from Shame. The album can be found on bandcamp, Apple Music, and various record shops.
Yo, I’m Cheung – I do vocals and play guitar in Muskets.
- Talk me through the journey of the band so far?
So we released an EP called SPIN in 2015 through Venn Records, it was a great time. Through that we did countless DIY tours in basements, houses and small venues to like-minded punk and emo fans and created some incredible memories and also formed some great friendships.
We’re signed to No Sleep Records and have been since earlier this year. They’re a wicked label and were one of the labels we aspired to be on when we were younger, which is cool. Their new roster is also sick; Looming, Hot Mulligan, Julia Louise, Daisyhead, Pine, Aviator and Able Baker Fox to name a few, being a part of this new wave of No Sleep artists is sick, check them out.
- Who have you been on tour with?
We’ve been on tour with some really cool bands, our old friends; The New Tusk, Broadbay and Beachtape shared some of our favorite tours during the SPIN release. Since then we’ve done tours with Tigers Jaw, Culture Abuse, Creeper and Moose Blood and we’re up for ignoring real life by jumping in the van and travelling around, playing shows and getting fucked together and stuff, you know.
- Chewing Gum. Will it be put on an EP or even an album?
Chewing Gum, 17 Years and You’re So Cool are all going to feature on our debut album ‘CHEW’ which is being released through No Sleep Records on 20th October.
- What are the bands plans for near future?
We’re heading out on a co-headline run with Wallflower on 25th to 29th October. Check out the poster below.
Go listen to Muskets emofuzzness on Spotify, and follow them on Instagram & Facebook for updates and news.