Live Review

Jamie T, XFM Studios, London

24th September 2014

Welcome back Jamie.

“That’s a bit odd,” says Jamie Treays - more commonly known as Jamie T - referring to the glass window separating the audience from him and the rest of his band, as he begins playing to an intimate crowd of just 30 people at XFM’s London studios.

Jamie T's third album, 'Carry on the Grudge', his first since the 2009 release of 'Kings & Queens' is out on Monday, and much has been discussed of his five-year absence - Treays recently speaking about dealing with anxiety issues and questioning his abilities as a songwriter.

Tonight begins with 'Mary Lee', more folksy than those songs already shared from the new record, which is then followed by 'The Prophet', perhaps most reminiscent of the Jamie T that's well-known and well-loved. As he snarls the lyrics "I don't ask the questions / I don't write the rules", it feels as if the song picks up from where 'Calm Down Dearest' left off.

During the session Treays is asked about the reported 180 songs he has written during his time away and whether it was a tough choice to cut it down to just 12 for the album. “Well no not really, most of them were rubbish” he muses, giving a wry smile to the audience; the self depreciating and self doubt only adds to his likeability.

Then there’s a chance for some more reminiscing as he plays 'Salvador' from first album 'Panic Prevention'. It’s hard to believe it was seven years ago and those present have clearly missed hearing it live if the whooping is anything to go by. The brief session then ends with recent release 'Zombie', an infectious, upbeat track, more poppy than the other songs from 'Carry On The Grudge' and perhaps the most obvious choice as a single; it’s really only a glimpse at the brilliance of his return. Welcome back Jamie.

Photo: Victor Frankowski

Tags: Jamie T, Reviews, Live Reviews

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