It is a momentous night for 28-year-old troubadour Jamie Treays as he makes his long-awaited return to the London stage with a fiery and powerful performance.
Following a five-year gap since his first flurry of albums – 2007's debut Panic Prevention and 2009's Kings & Queens – his extraordinary third album, Carry On The Grudge is the long-gestated release that sees Treays finally crack the mainstream.
Stuffed with narratives of contemporary bohemian life; the new songs contain less of the cheeky, ramshackle street-poet slurs and more rock-refined style and lyrical turns that create a darker and more sweeping momentum.
Dressed in a leather jacket and baseball cap, Traeys fires Joe Strummer guitar blasts on exuberant rough-rock singles "Zombie", "Don't You Find" and finale "Rabbit Hole", expressing lyrically touching moments on folk-lilted "Mary Lee" and "Love Is Only A Heartbeat Away".
New songs are met with as many cheers and slurred-shout alongs from the geezer-centric crowd as the older, belligerently catchy numbers like: "368", "If You Got The Money" and "Sticks and Stones", sung by support act Hollie Cook.
Jamie T has cast off the likely lad-persona and evolved as a wry, self-critical commandeer who never skimps on the catchy hooks and tonight, makes a most confident and welcome return.Reuse content