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Live Gig Video: Jamie T shares behind-the-scenes tour footage in ‘Tescoland’

 
By on Monday, 14th November 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

Jamie T has been on tour to support ‘Trick’, his newest album that was released in September. Read Steven’s thoughts on the effort through this link. The socially conscious singer/songwriter has decided to give us a sneak peek into the going-on of him and his crew while out on the road, soundtracking it with album track ‘Tescoland’. Watch it below. For more of TGTF’s coverage on Jamie T, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAOORzCqRa4[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Jamie T and band perform ‘Joan of Arc’ at BBC 6 Music Live

 
By on Tuesday, 11th October 2016 at 4:00 pm
 

This has been an exciting month at BBC 6 Music, with their continuing 6 Music Live series being broadcast on the radio. You can catch all up on the coverage on the 6 Music Web site, but we wanted to share with you one bit from yesterday’s programming.

Jamie T released his fourth album ‘Trick’ last month, and you can read our Steven’s thoughts on the new LP here. Here, you can watch him and his band performing album cut ‘Joan of Arc’. Enjoy it below.

 

Album Review: Jamie T – Trick

 
By on Monday, 12th September 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Jamie T Trick album coverThe social savant that is Jamie T has returned with what could possibly be his best work yet. ‘Trick’ is a walkthrough all that makes British music great. From the electronically pounding opener of ‘Tinfoil Boy’ to the closer ‘Self Esteem’, which recalls the building grandiosity found with bands such as The Last Shadow Puppets, this is an artist who can do it all with such ease. Being such a musical chameleon, switching from punk-laden tracks to those with an obvious hip-hop influence is no trouble at all for Jamie T. ‘Drone Strike’ has a fast-paced rhythm with which he easily keeps the pace. It’s when the chorus hits that the actual power of the song becomes apparent. A thunderous strike of “watch out for the drones, drones, drones” builds the unforgiving nature of the track.

As the album progresses through, one of the more prominent influences clear on the album are The Clash. This is apparent once you hit ‘Tescoland’. Even the title is reminiscent of ‘Lost in the Supermarket’ from the untouchable ‘London Calling’. The latter concerns Mick Jones’ formative years and his feeling of being lost at home, whereas Jamie T utilises this metaphor as a reference to his home of England and how he runs away to America to escape heartbreak but can never escape ‘Tescoland’ if you live in Britain.

Purposefully or not, this comparison shows Jamie T’s penchant for influence and bringing it into the modern world. Later track ‘Robin Hood’ also bears resemblance to ‘Hateful’ from ‘London Calling’. As suggested by the song’s namesake, ‘Robin Hood’ refers to a lifestyle choice made by the song’s protagonist to fight for those less fortunate, an ethos gallantly represented by the entirety of The Clash’s discography, not to mention the outro that features Jamie T enthusiastically screaming ‘everybody loves a bank robber” repeatedly (‘Bankrobber’ was a Clash track that featured only on the band’s 1980 compilation EP ‘Super Black Market Clash’.)

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TElBPcFIk0E[/youtube]

Both previously released singles, ‘Tinfoil Boy’ and ‘Power Over Men’, are brilliant excerpts to introduce the makeup of the album. ‘Tinfoil Boy’, as mentioned previously, is an introduction to the album that leaves no doubts in your mind that ‘Trick’ will be anything but boring. From the sampled intro that Jamie T utilises so well through his back catalogue, to the pounding electronically charged chorus, it’s a trigger to this major new weapon in his arsenal It’s in ‘Power Over Men’ that the classic songwriting and straight instrumentation becomes apparent as a major strength in Jamie T’s arsenal: a straightforward beat, glittering guitar sections and lyrics that strike. The focus here is upon a female protagonist’s control over men through her natural instincts, much like a call girl.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEQXJQn8LZg[/youtube]

It’s through lyrical content such as this where Jamie T shines. His entire back catalogue is rife with tales and stories of the darker side of life. Much like Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines, it’s done with projected sincerity, almost as if the stories are directly from his own life. ‘Joan of Arc’ carries this through, with a protagonist who is no doubt a character from his personal experience. It’s fully reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, both in the jumpy hook and lyrical content that also concerns a female who comes to terms with her life through a retrospective narrative.

Each of the songs on ’Trick’ deserves its own essay, as the depths you can find in a Jamie T song is truly staggering. By far, the most personal sounding is ‘Sign of The Times’. You can hear the raw feeling that he sings of his personal experience starting in the industry in 2007, a year famed for being the midst of the landfill Indie era. With this time came a change in social attitudes and an eventual growth that saw the generation living it grow out of it, just as the genre that encapsulated it did. What Jamie T does here is portray his personal experience of living and surviving this time, wishing he could go back and change his own path. It become a song to truly evoke an extreme emotional response, with the guitar that leads it reminiscent of the sound you might find in a teenager’s bedroom. The guitar is only accompanied by bass, leaving a whole spectrum uncovered, pushing the emptiness found in the lyrics forward.

In its full form, ‘Trick’ just goes to prove that Jamie T is a gem amongst the British music crowd. Where his past and current contemporaries that were mentioned earlier in this review have developed into versions of themselves that are no longer recognisable compared to what they were in their more formative years, Jamie T somehow manages to continue exuding the charm and realness that he’s shown since day one.

9/10

Jamie T’s fourth album ‘Trick’ is out now on Virgin EMI. To read our past coverage on Jamie T on TGTF, go here.

 

Jamie T / October and November 2014 UK Tour

 
By on Friday, 15th August 2014 at 8:30 am
 

Jamie T‘s newest single ‘Zombie’ (featured as a Video of the Moment yesterday), from his upcoming third album ‘Carry on the Grudge’, is set for release on the 22nd of September, with the full album out the following week. In support of the album release, Jamie T has announced the following tour dates for this autumn. Tickets go on general sale today, Friday the 15th of August, at 9 AM.

Thursday 30th October 2014 – Bristol Academy
Friday 31st October 2014 – Southampton Guildhall
Saturday 1st November 2014 – Norwich UEA
Monday 3rd November 2014 – Newcastle Academy
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 7th November 2014 – Manchester Academy
Saturday 8th November 2014 – Leeds Academy
Monday 10th November 2014 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Thursday 13th November 2014 – Birmingham Academy
Friday 14th November 2014 – London Alexandra Palace

 

Video of the Moment #1600: Jamie T

 
By on Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Jamie T is back with a new single out now called ‘Zombie’. Described on the press sheet as “infectious voodoo rock n roll, a raucous, Rocky Horror Picture show of a tune”, the promo is shot in a pub with disinterested patrons looking on, which is a shame because something happens as the video wears on… Watch the promo below.

‘Zombie’ will be released on limited edition vinyl on the 22nd of September; the single will be backed with the exclusive b-side ’40/40 ICU’ on Virgin/EMI.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PU4d5Iogd4[/youtube]

 

Preview: T in the Park 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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