We all thought five years was a stupendously long time to wait between Jamie T’s second LP ‘Kings & Queens’ and 2014’s follow-up ‘Carry On The Grudge’ but, while our attentions were being grabbed by other pressing events on the world stage, the original urchin singer-songwriter spent an eye-watering six years polishing up his latest effort ‘The Theory Of Whatever’ and new single ‘The Old Style Raiders’ is the first snippet we get to hear.
A widescreen affair, more ‘Power Over Men’ than early storming firecracker singles ‘Sheila’ and ‘Sticks ‘N’ Stones’, ‘Raiders’ is an audacious, stirring indie-rock anthem, with Wimbledon’s Treays digging deep to sing about hope and finding something/someone/some cause worth fighting for in a world that could easily have no meaning. Potentially high-concept then, yet amidst the hymnal quality, heartfelt lyrics and epic chorus Jamie T’s rough and ready, rag-tag and earthbound stylings fizz unmistakably about. The six-year wait truly was worth it.
Produced by ex-Maccabees guitarist Hugo White, ‘The Old Style Raiders’ is released TODAY – 6th May 2022 – with album ‘The Theory Of Whatever’ coming out on 29th July 2022 through Polydor Records. The album’s available to pre-order with a load of bundles and a baseball cap over on Jamie’s website.
Find the video for ‘The Old Style Raiders’ below: