JAMIE LENMAN has today released a video for a 'Danger Dub' remix of the 'Shuffle' album track 'A Handsome Stranger Called Death', which is being released ahead of his UK headline tour (running through November). The track is to be released (along with a remix of 'Killer') on a limited 7", available only at shows on the headline tour. The video is an almost shot for shot recreation of the Robert Palmer 'Addicted To Love' video featuring new drummer (and ex Arcane Roots member) Jack Wrench, the original songs writer Hannah Lou Clark, JAMIE's wife Katie and more musicians important to Jamie.
"It's always tricky releasing singles after your main album has come out, because you want to keep promoting the record but you don't want to ask people to buy something they've already got. What I've started doing in this case is a pick a track that I think could work in a different way and then either remix or re-record it so even if you've heard the song before, what you get is a new take on it."
"With 'Handsome Stranger', I only had very vague ideas of how I wanted it to sound when we made the record, and I did think it might be cool with some sixties-style drums and some spooky sound effects on it, but in the end we went with a more calypso vibe. For the single I went back to that earlier idea and swapped the trombone for a bit of saxophone, just cos I thought it fitted the new version a bit better. I'm stoked with how it came out!"
"I also wanted to do something special for the album tour next month, like a bit of merch that you can only get if you come to the shows, and a seven inch vinyl is just perfect for that! This is the only physical single we've put out for this album so that's exciting too - as a record collector myself I love singles as a format and it's great to have that in the mix. I even did some new artwork for the cover, illustrating the roses from the lyric, seen through the skull-face of the song logo."
"On the b side I've put another one of my album alternatives - a super-90s club version of Killer, which was the lead single back in the spring. I wanted to hear it stripped back with a big ol' bass drum thumping all the way through and I had a blast putting it together. That's all this is - me having fun with all this great music I've loved for so long."
JAMIE LENMAN will also be heading out on tour in November on his 'Shuffle' UK run, with dates running from Nov 5th through to Nov 30th - ending at The Moth Club in London. Tickets are on sale now, support TBA soon.
All JAMIE LENMAN UK headline dates (support Ithaca and Haggard Cat - on separate dates): Tue 05 Nov - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms - with Haggard Cat Wed 06 Nov - Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham 3- with Haggard Cat Thu 07 Nov - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - with Haggard Cat Mon 11 Nov - Bristol, Thekla - with Haggard Cat Tue 12 Nov - Cambridge, The Portland Arms - with Haggard Cat Wed 13 Nov - Southampton,The Joiners - with Haggard Cat Mon 18 Nov - Brighton, Patterns - with Ithaca Tue 19 Nov - Norwich, The Waterfront - with Ithaca Wed 20 Nov - Gloucester, Gloucester Guildhall - with Ithaca Sun 24 Nov - Edinburgh, The Caves - with Ithaca Mon 25 Nov - Newcastle, The Cluny - with Ithaca Tue 26 Nov - Manchester, The Deaf Institute - with Ithaca Sat 30 Nov - London, MOTH Club - with Haggard Cat