JAMIE LENMAN

FFO: Reuben

Jamie Lenman is best known as the singer, guitarist and songwriter for underground heroes Reuben, who toured and released relentlessly for most of the noughties. Their combination of brutal riffs, heartfelt melodies and frank, intelligent lyrics, together with their explosive live shows and innovative promo videos won them a hard core of dedicated fans and respect amongst peers and critics alike.

After a string of independent singles, regularly voted top of the MTV2 charts, the band released two albums with Xtra Mile (Frank Turner, Future Of The Left, Against Me!) and joined bands like Biffy Clyro, Fightstar and Billy Talent on tours around the UK and Europe. Upon their return, they founded their own label, Hideous Records, through which they released a live DVD documentary and their third, critically acclaimed album, ‘In Nothing We Trust’. Eventually, the pressure of being in the band as well as running their own label and working full time jobs became too much, and they called it a day in 2008, releasing a posthumous rarities collection through Xtra Mile in 2009.

In 2011, after over a year without playing any music, Lenman began working on an ambitious double solo album of folk/blues and thrash metal, which was released on Xtra Mile in 2013 to critical acclaim. After a dazzling live tour featuring a three-piece brass section, Lenman returned again to his illustration work and began recording new music with Prodigy and Idles producer Space in his Guildford hideout.

Lenman’s new material sees him return to his post-hardcore roots of soaring melodies over huge riffs, only this time with an emphasis on danceable rhythms and digital elements. His first single to display this approach, Mississippi, was ecstatically received across the board, reaching Number One on the itunes Rock charts and making Rockest Record on BBC Radio One. He shortly signed with indie giants Big Scary Monsters and released his sophomore record 'Devolver' to widespread critical acclaim, following a lengthy and innovative pre-order campaign. Lenman is currently touring the record across the UK and Europe with his drummer Dan Kav.