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Asheville five-piece Secret Shame have announced the details of their debut album Dark Synthetics, out on Sept. 6 via Portrayal of Guilt Records. Today (July 11), they’ve also shared the album’s first single “Dark,” which you can hear below.
On “Dark,” Secret Shame channel both the tragic beauty and spooky ambience of a graveyard. Drawing on deathrock, goth, punk and psychobilly, the track captures the struggle to remain sane when those around you are in a rough mental state. There’s a murky allure to lead singer Lena’s voice, and though the guitars are nightmarish, their sharp melodics offer some stability to counteract the track’s rickety emotions.
The spirits that inhabit the rest of Secret Shame’s debut Dark Synthetics are similarly tormented, but ultimately good-natured. Their chunky bass guitar wriggles, their guitars chime, their vocals ooze with tenebrosity and their lyrics hover like a ghost in search of a host with some emotional reassurance.
Listen to “Dark” below, and scroll down for Secret Shame’s upcoming tour dates. You can preorder Dark Synthetics here.
Secret Shame Tour Dates:
14 – Asheville, N.C. @ Lazy Diamond
26 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Mothlight
17 – Asheville, N.C. @ Static Age Records
05 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Hopscotch Music Festival
16 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Mothlight*
(* Album release show w/ Thin Pigeon, Kangarot)