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Shame announce second album with anthemic lead cut "Water in the Well"

18 November 2020, 18:10 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Shame have finally announced their highly-anticipated second album Drunk Tank Pink, alongside unveiling the lead single "Water in the Well".

"Water in the Well" follows Shame's September single "Alphabet" (which will also feature on Drunk Tank Pink), and last month's live video for "BiL", which is presumably an abbreviation of their "Born in Luton" song on the tracklist.

The new single is accompanied by a visual directed by Pedro Takahashi.

Drunk Tank Pink will follow Shame's 2018 debut LP Songs of Praise.

Lead vocalist Charlie Steen wrote songs for the album from a tiny room he calls 'the womb' (it's painted pink), and tackled topics including the impact the band has had on his mental health, identity crisis and more. He says, "The common theme when I was catching up with my mates was this identity crisis everyone was having. No one knows what the fuck is going on."

Guitarist Sean Coyle-Smith adds, "It didn’t matter that we’d just come back off tour thinking, 'How do we deal with reality!?' I had mates that were working in a pub and they were also like, 'How do I deal with reality!?' Everyone was going through it."

Steen says of the LP, "You become very aware of yourself and when all of the music stops, you’re left with the silence, and that silence is a lot of what this record is about."


  1. Alphabet
  2. Nigel Hitter
  3. Born in Luton
  4. March Day
  5. Water in the Well
  6. Snow Day
  7. Human, for a Minute
  8. Great Dog
  9. 6/1
  10. Harsh Degrees
  11. Station Wagon
"Water in the Well" is out now. Shame's Drunk Tank Pink album will be released via Dead Oceans on 15 January 2021, and is available to pre-order now.
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