Listen to new Shame single Adderall, featuring a secret cameo from Phoebe Bridgers

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Shame have shared a third preview of their forthcoming Food For Worms album in the form of reflective new single Adderall

The South London quintet's frontman Charlie Steen says: "Adderall is the observation of a person reliant on prescription drugs. These pills shift their mental and physical state and alter their behaviour, it’s about how this affects them and those around them.

"It’s a song of compassion, frustration and the acceptance of change. It’s partly coming to terms with the fact that sometimes your help and love can’t cure those around you but, as much as it causes exasperation, you still won’t ever stop trying to help."

Speaking to NME, the band's drummer Charlie Forbes revealed that the song features a hidden contribution from singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.

"We thought the song had an American edge to it, and thought it would sound nice with a woman’s voice," said Forbes. "By chance, she was recording in the same studio as us, and one day we did a trade where Josh went and did some tambourine on her new track, and she came in and did the vocal line on our track....which you can’t actually hear at all."

Listen to Adderall below:

Shame will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland from the end of February. The band will play:

Feb 28: Dublin Button Factory, IRE
Mar 01: Dublin Button Factory, IRE
Mar 03: Glasgow SWG3
Mar 04: Newcastle Boiler Shop
Mar 05: Leeds Stylus
Mar 07: Sheffield Leadmill
Mar 08: Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory
Mar 09: Bristol SWX
Mar 11: Manchester New Century
Mar 12: Cardiff Tramshed
Apr 28: London Troxy

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.