colby caldwellHOLLER

Leif Erik Johansen - Day Five

colby caldwellHOLLER
 photo courtesy of Spotify

photo courtesy of Spotify

I'm addicted to Shame! The Shame I'm referring to is a new post-punk band out of South London who just released their debut album on January 12th 2018 titled Songs of Praise. They're sound is reminiscent of late 80's early 90's post-punk, which isn't all that original, but it's gritty, clever, catchy, angry and in your face! It’s distinctly British and makes me want to sing along with my top lip curled up to one side like Johnny Rotten or Billy Idol.

Let's be honest, there is a lot to be angry about these days so it's no surprise an album like this has emerge from the ashes of Brexit, Trump and the reemergence of racism. Do we need more angry white men? Perhaps that's exactly what we need someone or something that represents the feelings of those of us (many being white men) who stand firmly against the hatred coming at us from the "Right" like a freight train on fire! Their lyrics aren't all that political, but the passion, the rage, the angst is all there screaming, “subvert the dominant paradigm!” Such as the lyrics in their song Tasteless, “That's’ racist, that’s racist, how tasteless, how tasteless, how tasteless can you be!” In an album review written by Eve Barlow on Pitchfork.com, she states, "If Shame belong to a generation of mobilizing British refuseniks teetering on an uprising, Songs of Praise is its soundtrack, whistling like a kettle coming to the boil."

I've been a music fanatic my entire life and my artwork is often inspired by music. This album makes me want to be in the studio creating work that speaks loudly, has a message and makes people feel something. With any hope, this will create a snowballing effect.