"Since I was young, I've always had a strong protective instinct towards my art. That was perhaps sometimes almost childish. But the way it is, and after my last album I felt partly driven quite cornered. In response, I have the store closed down for now. "
Jamie Alexander Treays leans back in his somewhat untidy studio in East London back and grins. One thing has not changed with the artist known as Jamie T: the disarming jumping back and forth between self-revelation and disrespectful humor, between confidence and vulnerability, cheeky Cockney charm and serious introversion, which is a concomitant of a life for art. What has changed on the other hand, is anything but. Disappeared of thin is "poet in Hoody" who always looked as if he felt in a kebab shop at home in Wimbledon as well as in a studio or on the stage of Glastonbury. taken its place is a grown man in elegant mod clothes with something fuller face, which is considerably less boyish and untwisted. Then he plays his first album since FIVE years ago, and you have to think of the old adage: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
But before we continue triumphant us with the element of surprise and Carry On The Grudge employ, we should not beat about the bush. Nearly five years have passed since the edgy, shaped by world events and partly gruesome album Kings And Queens, the his The Clash influence proudly sporting, went to number 2 in the UK charts. Critics enticed it to the then 24-year-old Jamie "exceptional, arrogant talent" for (BBC) and "national institution" (NME) to explain. For this purpose it's been nearly four years since he last has blank look on stage. Where the hell was he so so long?
"I went back to school and have learned again how to write songs," explains Jamie and is not suggesting an actual school building with teachers therein. "I have prepared a few years on making an album. The whole time I've ever written. I have hundreds of songs. But I also have a great deal of time spent trying to copy other people's songs, pretty obvious even. But that was a means to an end. I have tried to develop a new kind of songwriting. "
At the same time pulled Jamie also from the district on the southeastern outskirts of London, with which he seemed now linked so inextricably to Hackney in East London. He was alone in America go ( "I have found that you can not buy Autoharp in Nashville. And that an American when he" says "not down the road 'means." Down the road) and went on to the somewhat isolated but necessary journey to yourself. This may explain why Jamie's old penchant for provocative street scenes and stories full of black humor in the new songs a more reflective mood full of sadness and longing has given way.
"Sadness and longing? Well, I had in recent years, in fact a few difficult times. The album is Carry On The Grudge, because it is more or less to become an independent personality. You grow with all the stuff on which a people give to, which may be a short temper or a trace of racism, whatever. All of these things that do not actually come from within. I have often been 18-24 on the road and have a lot of normal things not experienced, experience the other young people. I grew up fast. I had to. When I had time to take stock, I really got scared. "
And he has come to a conclusion, who is Jamie Treays really?
"No. But to ask the question is more important than to get an answer. "
The most striking, almost shocking about songs like "Lie Limits", "Do not You Find" and "Turn On The Light" is how bold they are. The most radical amendments but the finishing touches. Jamie Ts trademark - a flood of rhymes that are sung and rapped and are often equipped with a literary view fOr visual details and eccentric characters - lacking almost completely. This can be found texts that fit the melody, compressed voice and a feeling that you can actually call only controlled discomfort. Melancholy instead of anger. The power ballad takes the place of hibbeligen rap antics and punk folk digressions that have marked his first two albums. But above all, the number of words is drastically reduced.
"I just try to be briefer. I can write a four-minute story with countless words without any problems. I can do that. This album is something I not can.
But should one in music, I think, eh never know exactly what to do. One should always risking something there. "
In contrast, the rousing, ambiguous "Zombie" Voodoo Rock'n'Roll is in the style of The Cramps and The Gun club with evil laughter, horror movie effects and all the trimmings. But behind all the GarageBand fun this song busy indeed most clearly with the negative consequences of Jamie's self-chosen exile.
"Yes, Zombie 'is my Rocky Horror Show. The song is all about the monotony of doing nothing. If I'm not productive, makes me problems because I am full of restless energy. And that can lead me fast times in the pub ... and then there is perhaps anger. I like the song, because he is funny, even if it comes to a serious issue. "
But one should not be worried that Jamie has turned away from it all, what you liked him so far. "Turn On The Light" is a Jamie T Classic: rattling post-Clash rhythms, cheeky allusions to Prince Buster, Madness and The Who and arbitrary rhymes like "carcass" and "Marcus". "So what still slips me sometimes out," laughs Jamie.
The only other musicians Carry On The Grudge are James Dring, the singer Hollie Cook and his loyal co-producer Ben Bones. According to Jamie Otherwise "95 percent" played by everything you hear from him.
During his voluntary break from the spotlight must Jamie have sometimes wondered if his fans Ever still waiting for him. Emotions in the direction: What if me to take out an album, and it is interested not sow?
"Yes, so what is an already mind. But my arrogance tells me that it is better to masturbate himself from his podium, before someone else does. I do not like swimming with on any wave. When you're really good, you get your own wave. It all depends on whether you have songs that are good enough. "
Then there is no problem, the songs are better than good enough. Quite a few had already felt that in the battered musical landscape without the clever, punk-inspired pop with an edge, such as making him Jamie T, has long been missing something and will be just happy wiederzuhaben him.
One final, obvious question is asked. Earlier Jamie has always dismissed it in typical Art-punk, I-do-the-fOr-the-kids-style as irrelevant. When I now therefore wiser elders and Jamie Treays behind after his ambitions Carry On The Grudge wonder his response seems himself as to surprise me how. "this time I actually ambitions, which is really weird for me. My ambition is not to disappear. I'm not looking for world domination. I want to work and that people want to hear more from me, and then I want to do more. And I hope this is not too much. "
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