Though not short of his established talent and gusto, with his previous and debut solo album ‘Muscle Memory’ back in 2013, British singer/songwriter and former Reuben frontman Jamie Lenman seemed to be somewhat testing the waters no only of his capabilities, but also in finding out how much of and how passionate of a fanbase for his musical output still remained after sitting it out for just over half a decade.
Produced by Space (the pseudonym of Paul Frazer), and after progressively releasing singles from the beginning of 2017 with ‘Mississippi’, Lenman finally released his sophomore full-length ‘Devolver’ in October. A shorter and less juxtapositional affair, the record had a far more streamlined and textured sound, blending his firmly established Reuben style with more electronics and traditional pop qualities whilst bringing up topics of the music industry and also existentialism.
With a new record, and seemingly a freshly rejuvenated sense of confidence in himself that we haven’t seen in at least a decade, Lenman also held his own aptly named all-dayer Lenmania in London, showcasing new talent whilst also performing two sets of his own, and now he’s back on the road for his own headline stint to kick off his 2018.
Whilst at the Manchester date of the tour, having not long returned to the venue after picking up some Ghostbuster figures from Affleck’s Palace, we had a chat with Lenman to speak about the new album, his thoughts on the necessity and importance of record labels, where the main riff from ‘I Don’t Know Anything’ came from, and we even taught him about the social media tool Periscope.
You can watch the full interview below:
The band’s new album, ‘Devolver’, is out now through Big Scary Monsters.
Interview by Zach Redrup (@zachredrup)