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It’s been a long break from music for Jamie Treays. 2009’s Kings and Queens seems like an age gone by and as a result he’s had fans utterly clambering for his return. Performing at a sell-out show, the packed crowd were bang into it, from the first song until the very last. It’s interesting to watch a man billed as a solo act still manage to make it feel like you’re watching a band; a carefully put together, tight, well blended band at that. A back catalogue chock full of variety couldn’t have received a better showcase and by the time he and said band were closing the show with Sticks ‘n’ Stones, the jammed room was jumping.

The offerings from new album Carry On The Grudge showed the long wait between albums isn’t a big deal, as they slotted in perfectly and demonstrated the next logical step in Jamie T’s evolution as a slurring, enthralling, honest drawl still prominent in his vocals.

A notable mention should go to support act Slaves. The London duo provided energetic, chaotic, punk infused pop and were a unique band that could certainly build up quite a following.

The night was Jamie T’s though; let’s hope there’s not such a gap between albums and tours next time around.

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