15th November | SWX

Photo: Rowan Allen

Last week, in Songs of Praise, Aled Jones looked into the life of WWI poet, Wilfred Owen. The week before, Katherine Jenkins went to The Royal Hospital, Chelsea and looked into popular hymns. This Thursday, Charlie Steen will stand in front of four mates in Bristol and bellow lyrics from Songs of Praise, the 2018 album by Shame. I know which one I’d rather seek out to save my mortal soul.

Shame have had a remarkable 2018, including the debut album on Dead Oceans, extensive touring in Europe and the USA and a performance on Jools Holland that must have made a fair few people leak out a drop of wee in either fear or exhilaration. Quite what the Mercury Prize judges were hearing when they made their shortlist this year, I haven’t the slightest clue, but the ‘Albums of 2018’ lists, coming soon, are bound to be Shame-ful, rather than Shame-less.

This Thursday’s ‘Songs of Praise’ will focus on topics such as conflict, awkward sexual encounters, debatability, relatability, apathy and gynaecology. So for the Gospel according to Eddie, Sean, Josh, Charlie and Charlie, make sure you congregate at SWX on Thursday evening. If you’re really lucky, JB Gill might turn up for a cheeky duet.

See Shame perform ‘One Rizla’ on the BBC here: