HOLY MOLY! Jamie Lenman has unveiled an incredible new single
A few weeks back in the pages of Kerrang!, we had a long overdue chat with ex-Reuben legend Jamie Lenman to discuss his plans for 2017 – including the eagerly-awaited follow-up to his 2013 double disc debut Muscle Memory. Well, the waiting is finally over… he’s officially back in business with his monstrous (and very moving) new single, Mississippi, which debuted on the Radio 1 Rock Show last night and is available now across all digital and streaming platforms.
Speaking about Mississippi, Jamie says: “Since ‘Muscle Memory’ came out at the end of 2013, I’ve been kept very busy by my illustration work but I’ve been involved in several collaborations with fantastic bands like Black Peaks and Down I Go, as well as working on new material of my own. I’ve known (producer) Space for years but we never considered recording together until recently and I’m over the moon with the results. I came up with the basic idea when I was writing the last record but it fell between the two pillars of ultra-heavy and super-soft that I was going for, so I put it to the back of my mind and dug it out again when that was all over. Lyrically the song is about all the bad thoughts and feelings a person carries round with them and tries to cover up on a day to day basis, but if I get that little ‘Mississippi’ mantra in my head, which is a song my Dad used to sing, it brings them all back up. Watching him die is just one of these thoughts I can’t get rid of but the phrase acts as a symbol for all of it. This song and the new material in general is a bringing back together of the cores of how I write songs, the riff and the melody. On ‘Muscle Memory’ I separated them out and it was fun to experiment but it wasn’t how I naturally do things – now I’ve got back into that but with an added feel for rhythms and digital elements which Space is so good at.”
You can listen to the Mississippi below, and don’t forget to leave us your comments!