Jamie T’s Panic at the Disco
Jamie T started out playing booze-soaked neighborhood pubs throughout London. His message was always one of ennui, a disgruntled musician desperate to escape ticky-tacky suburbia. An acoustic performer, Jamie T adopted various anachronistic genres to avoid being reduced by definition. His songs are multifaceted one-two (three and four) punches of folk, punk, and reggae’with a pinch of hip-hop thrown in to ensure the possibility of endorsement deals.
In addition to Panic Prevention Disco, his monthly sold-out club nights in London’s SoHo district, Jamie T locked himself away in his bedroom and the Elephant and Castle studio, wrapping up the recording of his debut album. The first single, “Sheila,“ tells the tragically pop-infused story of a drunken binge gone horribly awry. Stand-out tracks include “If you got the Money“ and “Calm down Dearest,“ which sound like Jack Johnson getting his ass kicked by Mike Skinner.
In addition to his massive UK sales and sold-out shows, Jamie T picked up this year’s NME statuette for “Best Solo Artist,“ a category that included modern music deities Jarvis Cocker, Thom Yorke, and Lily Allen. This is all to say that Jamie T should prepare himself for take-off. Not bad for a skinny thing with crippling anxiety. ’Nick Haramis