Short On Shame (Rock) - Detroit, Michigan
Short on Shame is an original band conceived as a new project for two experienced but frustrated Detroit songwriters who have each always known that music was the only thing we've ever wanted to do. Once our lineup was completed, Short on Shame began priming our original blend of hard rock for the stereo and the stage. As respectful and professional as any local rock band, and armed with a growing arsenal of original songs which incorporate aspects of grunge, punk rock, contemporary pop, outlaw country, metal, and classic rock, we are hellbent on taking great strides on our journey to be heard on a national level, and sharing with everybody the unforgettable times and irreverent spirit that made us all fall in love with rock and roll.
More shows coming soon.
"The Cold Shoulder" EP Review
This new effort from Short On Shame is the follow up to their 2014 "Third Degree" EP. This new EP is a step up from their previous material and with some amazing guitar solos, highly infectious choruses and an overall great EP, they're well on their way to making their mark on the Rock world. The opening track "What Comes Next" is a solid Rock opener. The track is no frills, in your face and packs plenty of bite. "All I've Ever Been" has the same vibe as their earlier track "It's Time". It's a fun track with high energy and should have no problem in getting the live crowd moving around and singing along. "Dirty Water" is slow, sludgy and features a guitar riff that'll get stuck in your head for days. It wouldn't be surprising to hear that this was a fan favorite. It hits all the right notes in all of the right ways. "Everything's Falling Apart" has a 90's Alternative Rock sound to it and really branches out. The extra layer of vocals of "ooo's" along with the otherworldly chorus make this a stand out track. "Forget Me" is a bit slowed down before trying to balance itself out with a soaring chorus. It's a nice break in the action and will give the listener a breather before the remaining tracks. "Still" is a hit in the making. It's a kick ass track that people will be singing along to in no time. Listen to this track immediately, you won't be disappointed. "The Cold Shoulder" is the closer and also is the hardest track on the EP. It features a ton of crunch and is a roller coaster of sound that pushes and pulls the listener in all directions before closing out the EP in high fashion.
Short On Shame take their Rock sound to the next level with their new EP.
"Third Degree" EP Review:
Short On Shame have new music on the horizon, with that in mind we go back to 2014 and revisit their debut effort in the "Third Degree" EP.
"Friends" opens the EP up with a crunchy track. The rockin' riffs with the straight up rock vocals really make this track a solid opener. The track is upbeat, guitar solo is amazing and its chorus make it a track that really delivers. "It's Time" starts off with an alternative rock opening and then cuts into a bass riff and an outstanding track that has high radio potential. It'd be hard to listen to the track without bopping your head or tapping your foot to the catchy chorus, guitar solo and riffs throughout the track. "Sharks" is a high energy track that really raises the bar for the EP. It's a single through and through as it's catchy as hell. "Empty Bottles" slows things down a bit from the high tempo of "Sharks". There's a dash of late 90's rock influence in the track. The track has depth which adds even more replay-ability to the EP.
"Told You Before" kicks things back in high gear with an opening guitar solo which then transitions into its high octane verse. The chorus is good and with the guitar work that follows, it's even better. The sing along at the end of the track is a nice touch. "Red, White And Black" is a solid rock track. It really showcases how effortlessly the band can make an absolute banger of a rock song. "Pictures" closes out the EP with a driving rock song that's sure to build that lasting appeal to the listener. The guitar work on the track is stellar. Don't fret once the EP is over though, it won't be too much longer until new Short On Shame music is out.
Short On Shame have an spectacular debut EP here. Every single rock music fan should own this EP. New music is coming soon from them so get ready!
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Short On Shame” and is there any meaning behind it?
We all developed an interest in playing music by our early teens, something about music and the way it can speak to everyone in a different way and be so meaningful really endeared us. We started jamming together after having been in a few other bands. At first it was just covers and having a good time and then we were inspired to begin work on original material because of how well we work together. Since the beginning of the band we've worked out all the new songs in a room where everyone can throw their ideas out there. It's a collaborative effort. We really wanted to have a unique sound that didn't call to mind any one specific band for our audience. At the same time we didn't want to cater to what was popular at the time and try to forge our own sound out of our many influences.
Coming up with the band name was the same sort of collaborative effort, Zack threw it out on the table and we all liked it because we thought it conveyed the honest and straight forward attitude that we wanted in our music.
2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "Third Degree" EP? What can people expect from the new music you're working on?
We poured ourselves and the details of the lives we were living into every song. The songs are largely written about struggling through difficulties; creative and professional along with personal and interpersonal. Ideally, the listener can enjoy our grooves and melodies while being able to relate to our message of being an individual who lives, produces, and loves without shame.
As proud as we are of "Third Degree," we really looking to step up our game the next time out, the new crop of songs we have are definitely true to the band itself while we push ourselves into new territories. The content reflects the journey we've taken since the first EP, it is more mature and polished, while heavier and more raw than what we've put out previously. You can expect our new material to make it clear that we've grown individually and as a musical ensemble. We're very excited to get these songs completed and properly released.
3. What can people expect from your live show?
Anybody at an SOS show can expect the songs to be played hard and loud. No one has ever denied our work ethic on stage. That's really where we and our material shine, there's nothing better than feeding off the energy of an amazing crowd and giving that back to them 100%. We bust our asses to see heads bobbing and fists in the air, and nothing is more gratifying than hearing the audience sing along with us.
4. What's your favorite track to play live?
"Pictures". It's a song about being remembered, which is exactly what we're striving for when we take a stage, and it's got a great driving energy that really translates live.
5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?
Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, and Alice in Chains.
6. Any crazy show stories?
Nothing too crazy in the relatively short time we've been playing shows but the few offers from fans of the band for after parties and things like that have been fun.
7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?
There's a lot of really good rock music out there right now it just doesn't seem to get the support that it deserves. Rock radio doesn't support newer artists like it did not that long ago.
8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Michigan both locally and state wide?
In our local area there's tons of bands and between them so much variety. Lately there's definitely been a surge in metal/heavy music in general.
Bands from Michigan have this way of playing that's hard to describe, it's very cutting and to the point. Regardless of genre they really play by feel and cut through the notes. We're proud to be from here and part of a city that has such a unique history in the music community.
9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?
There's always good and bad points to that argument. As a band we recognize the power that it has to reach people around the world that otherwise wouldn't have access to our music. With that in mind we can't take a hard stance against downloading in general.
10. What’s next for Short On Shame?
More shows, more songs, updates on our social media. Basically putting more of ourselves and our music out there in our quest to be heard around the world, because we know we have something worth hearing if you're a fan of rock music.
11. Any shoutouts?
Our families, friends, and all the fans we've connected with along the way. They've really supported and encouraged us to keep being true to ourselves, we can't thank them enough for that.