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Jamie T, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, NME + Tour Dates

Jamie T @ The Archway Tavern (2006) (CRED)
Jamie T

And the nominees for “Best Solo Artist” in this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards are….

* Lily Allen
* Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
* Jarvis Cocker
* Jamie T.
* Thom Yorke

Brooklyn Vegan readers are probably well acquainted with Lily, Jarvis & Thom by now. You may even remember GCWCF (Sam Duckworth). But who is Jamie T?

Like a modern-day mix of Billy Bragg and Vicky Pollard, Jamie T (or Jamie Treays, as he’s known to his mum) is set to divide opinion.

On the plus side, his songs frequently have a vibrant narrative, rich in poetic observation. The downside, at least to some ears, is the Sarf London patois he insists on singing.

The tall, skinny teenage lad from Wimbledon is clearly influenced as much by The Clash, Tom Waits, Rancid and The Specials as the drum’n’bass and garage that surrounded him while growing up.

Armed only with an acoustic bass guitar, he began playing the backrooms of pubs in Soho and Twickenham. The songs on his just released debut album, Panic Prevention, feature tales of life in identikit suburbia and what it is to be a young man growing up in 1990s Britain.

The live experience is akin to the troubadour spirit of the American folkies of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan colliding headlong with true English gents like Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and Elvis Costello, with a few pills and cans of Stella to loosen the creative juices.

There no doubt he possesses the ability to pen a memorable hook or two. Whether his faux street-slang vocal-style though will enthral or enrage you depends on your tastes. Like Marmite, you’ll either love or hate it. He’s mates with Lily Allen. Make of that what you will. [Norwich Evening News]

I’m surprised they didn’t mention the Streets. Here’s a video…

Jamie & Sam (GCWCF) are both visiting very soon….

Jamie T | 2007 US Tour Dates
Mar 14 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s w/ Lily Allen (NME SXSW show)
Mar 21 – NYC @ Mercury Lounge

Get Cape Wear Cape Fly | 2007 US Tour Dates
Mar 15 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s w/ Bloc Party, The Dears, Rodrigo y Gabriela (SXSW)
Mar 20 – NYC @ Mercury Lounge w/ Fionn Regan

Fellow NME nominee Jarvis Cocker is playing a much larger NYC venue.

Jarvis, Thom, and Lily were also nominated for Brit Awards. Jamie & Sam were not.

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