Jamie Lenman

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Jamie Lenman
Birth name Jamie Edward Lenman
Born (1982-11-09) 9 November 1982 (age 31)
Origin Camberley, Surrey, England
Genres Alternative rock
Alternative metal
Post-Hardcore
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Illustrator
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums
Years active 1998–2008. 2013-present
Labels Hideous Records
Xtra Mile Recordings
Associated acts Reuben
Caretaker
Website www.wordsfromreuben.com

Jamie Edward Lenman (born 9 November 1982) is an English musician and illustrator best known as the lead singer and guitar player in the British alternative rock trio Reuben, which he fronted between 1998 and 2008. He was a founding member of the band along with bassist Jon Pearce and was also the main songwriter for the band.[1] He released a solo album on 4 November 2013.[2] Between 2008 and 2013, he has been an illustrator for Dr Who Magazine, The Guardian and other freelance projects.[3]

Lenman has been in and out of bands since his early teenage years, including several alongside Jon Pearce. Lenman and Pearce eventually formed the band Angel with drummer and producer Jason Wilson (Stakeout Studios). After a demo release and prior to their Pilot (Reuben EP), the band changed drummers and renamed themselves Reuben, shortened from the title of their track 'Words from Reuben'.[4] With Reuben, Lenman released four albums, three of which were studio albums; the fourth was a compilation of B-sides and rarities recorded across Reuben's career, released after their 2008 hiatus.[5]

Reuben went on indefinite hiatus in June 2008 due to a "culmination of different pressures".[6] Lenman currently illustrates for various clients including the Dr Who Magazine and The Guardian newspaper in London, and has specialised in this since Reuben became defunct.[7]

From 2004 to 2008, Lenman played drums in the band Caretaker.[8] Lenman has also performed as a guest vocalist on albums by Frank Turner, Sucioperro, Sean Genockey and Left Side Brain. Lenman and band mate Guy Davis collaborated with yourcodenameis:milo on Milo's Print Is Dead project.

Lenman has directed many music videos for bands including Reuben, Sucioperro[9] and Frank Turner.[10]

Solo career[edit]

Lenman revealed on 23 September 2013 that he will release a double album on 4 November 2013, titled 'Muscle Memory' through Xtra Mile Recordings, the record label who worked with Reuben. His first solo album covers two distinct styles, with disc one described as 'brutal riffs and intense vocals', while the second will feature a variety of different melody led styles of music, including big band, jazz and folk.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Lenman has been open in interviews and lyrics about his personal life. He has a long-standing friendship with folk-rock singer Frank Turner, another artist working with Xtra Mile. In 2010, Lenman posted a video covering one of Turner's songs, as "Frank" had done the same with one of his.[12] The 2013 7" vinyl release of single 'Fizzy Blood' also features a track by Turner's hard-rock side-project Mongol Horde.

Lenman has also talked about his wife, who is a burlesque dancer.[13] He references her profession in the song 'Pretty Please' from his first solo album.[14]

Discography[edit]

Other projects[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "REUBEN | Official Site". Wordsfromreuben.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  2. ^ ' http://www.kerrang.com/blog/2013/09/jamie_lenman_of_reuben_announc.html
  3. ^ "Illustration | Animation | Design + Direction". Jamie Lenman. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  4. ^ "Rock'n'roll Etiquette: Bands You Should Be Listening To: Reuben". Rocknrolletiquette.blogspot.co.uk. 2010-06-23. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Reuben Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  6. ^ "REUBEN= :: View topic - [news] A message from Barney". Wordsfromreuben.com. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Jamie Lenman". transitiontradition. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  8. ^ "caretaker". Caretaker.weberecords.com. 2001-09-23. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Sucioperro - Grace And Out Of Me". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  10. ^ "Frank Turner - Reasons Not To Be An Idiot". YouTube. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  11. ^ "Kerrang! Jamie Lenman of Reuben announces return and tour dates". Kerrang.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  12. ^ "reasons not be an idiot". YouTube. 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  13. ^ "Interview with Jamie Lenman". transitiontradition. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  14. ^ "Jamie Lenman - Fizzy Blood // Pretty Please". YouTube. 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 

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