Charlie Simpson – Haunted

Well it seems like everyone is going acoustic these days! Following Frank Turner’s footsteps, Jamie Lenman (of Reuben fame) went acoustic/heavy on us, and now Charlie Simpson (of Fightstar, and yes I’m going to say it, Busted) has done the same.

Taking a more pop side, Charlie’s latest single ‘Haunted‘ is a snappy piece of acapella-based indie-pop with a touching message. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you definitely should..

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Jamie Lenman – It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman / All The Things You Hate About Me, I Hate Them Too

Those of you who remember Aldershot trio Reuben will understand that Jamie Lenman has a right to scream. Disappointments with his former band aside though, its good to see him carrying on, releasing ‘It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman..‘ from his soft / heavy debut solo album, ‘Muscle Memory‘.

If you’re not a fan of the country sound, just hang on a couple of minutes. I promise, it’ll be quite different.

It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman / All The Things You Hate About Me, I Hate Them Too‘ is out on April 19. Watch the video below (via Rock Sound).

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Review: Jamie Lenman – The Garage 09/12/13


The Garage in Highbury has seen a few changes these past few years. Gone is the shabby look of old, replaced by the shiny new interior and, as tonight’s headliner Mr Jamie Lenman notes, gone too are the spikes that previously hung from the stage ceiling.

One thing that hasn’t changed though, is the ex-Reuben frontman’s wit and charisma, something he brings in bulk to tonight’s performance. Whether its screeching through the heavier tracks from his double-sided debut solo album ‘Muscle Memory’, or, surprisingly, launching into the much-loved tracks of his previous band, his charm never falters.

Switching flawlessly between heavy and soft tracks, its the latter which feel more poignant. An acapella performance featuring six band members causes the whole audience to join in with their toe-tapping, while ‘Good Luck’ is an all-round sing-a-long, with Lenman adding his own touches to the second verse. Tellingly, at the end of the song the frontman notes the importance of the connection to his audience.

There’s a bittersweet sense in the room as the much-matured singer returns to his roots with ‘Moving To Blackwater’, a track from Reuben’s debut album. Although the song carries a lovely wave of nostalgia, its also a sign of how much has changed since its release. Gone is the dream of rock-stardom that Lenman must have carried at the time, along with former bandmates Jon Pearce and Guy Davis, both of whom have since departed to other projects.

As the night comes to a triumphant close with ‘Shambles’, a very old classic from the Aldershot three-piece, its an overjoyed crowd that will spill out onto Holloway Road tonight, albeit burdened with the knowledge that the songs they loved so dearly have come alive tonight for possibly one of the last times.

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Friday Classic – Reuben ‘Freddy Krueger’

Aldershot trio Reuben went on an indefinite hiatus back in 2008. It seems to be pretty definite, considering there’s been nothing but re-releases from the band since. Having grown up in the Aldershot / Camberley music scene, this break up was pretty disappointing for me. Reuben were local heroes, selling out shows at Christmas, being spotted around town. They inspired many of the (more successful) bands that followed – Hadouken, Enter Shikari, Canterbury..

Starting out more post-hardcore / grunge influenced, the band released their final album of new work, ‘In Nothing We Trust’ back in 2006.  It showed a deeper side to the band, focusing on themes including racism and parental abandonment.

Here’s one of the band’s classic tracks ‘Freddy Krueger’, showcasing their brilliant, self-depreciating humour.


What are they up to now?

Drummer and bassist Guy Davis and Jon Pearce play in Freeze The Atlantic. Singer and guitartist Jamie Lenman works as an illustrator for clients including The Guardian and Doctor Who magazine.


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