Jamie T is back! Need a refresher on the returning troubadour’s career to date? Fret not… Jamie first came to NME’s attention back in 2005, playing Whorefest in London. The one-day festival was put on by London indie club night White Heat, and saw a young Jamie Treays playing on the same bill as the Long Blondes, Blood Red Shoes, Les Incompetents and Vincent Vincent and The Villains.
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Jamie T released his first mixtape, Panic Prevention Vol. 1 in 2005. The cassette only release featured everyone from punks The Clash and Rancid to Prince, Paul Weller, Billy Idol’s Generation X and reggae originals Toots and the Maytals. It was given out by Jamie for free during his autumn tour supporting Tom Vek.
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Two more cassette mixes followed in late 2005 and early 2006, with Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 giving further insight into Jamie’s musical inspiration, with folk singer John Martyn, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Gangstar and Dangermouse sitting alongside his own Turn To Monsters’ remix of Gorillaz’ ‘Kids with Gunz’.
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‘Panic Prevention’ was nominated for 2007’s Mercury Music Prize, given the prestigious nod alongside Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ and Bat For Lashes’ ‘Fur & Gold’. All of which lost out to Klaxons’ debut ‘Myths of the Near Future’.
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To thank people for waiting around for a year with no new material, in January 2009 Jamie put out the punky non-album track ‘Fire Fire’, telling NME: “’Fire Fire’ won’t be released as a single nor will it be on the new album, it is just a thank you for the fans being so patient.”
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In December 2012 Jamie T broke his almost three year long silence. As part of Tim Timebomb and Friends, he was heard guesting on Tim Armstrong from Rancid’s side project, singing on a new version of the track ‘Wrongful Suspicion’. “It’s always fun being with Jamie, and playing music together – whenever we are lucky enough, and the planets decide to line up,” said Tim and his band.
Then, earlier this week Jamie T posted a handwritten note online, announcing a trio of live dates. His first shows in four years are set to take place at the end of July in Glasgow, Liverpool and Portsmouth. Within minutes he was trending on Twitter, with Christmas coming early for Jamie T fans across the world.