Jamie Lenman has returned with a fiery new single in the form of ‘The Future Is Dead’, out now via Big Scary Monsters. Featuring guest vocals from Illaman (Pengshui), ‘The Future Is Dead’ is the Leman’s first material since last year’s Shuffle and his first original work since 2018’s ‘Long Gone’, featuring Justine Jones of Employed To Serve.
Recorded and produced by Space (Idles, Black Futures) ‘The Future Is Dead’ was originally created during the climate crisis and features a typically apolitical Lenman condemning the global leaders who are letting the planet slip into irreversible ruin. As you might have guessed from the moniker, it's more than applicable to our current crisis though.
On the subject of the track Jamie Lenman has this to say;
"‘The Future Is Dead’ is about how it feels to be a citizen of the 21st century, to be totally powerless against the whims of an older generation. It doesn’t offer any solutions, it’s a cry of despair, and sometimes it’s good to get that out of your system – a kind of primal scream I guess."
"Space and I felt like the track needed another flavour to separate it from my usual thing and he recommended Illaman’s band Pengshui. It turned out we had some mutual buddies so we got in touch and went in for a session. I’m really excited to have such a talent on my track and get some of that genre fusion in there – his lyrics offer a slightly more positive outlook which perhaps the song needed, to stop it being all doom and gloom. That’s why it’s great to get other artists involved!"
To coincide with the release, Lenman has also confirmed he will be broadcasting a total request live stream on March 31st at 7pm via his Facebook page. During the stream he will be taking requests, performing stripped back material from his discography, partake in a Q&A and discuss his upcoming material.
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"’I'd been thinking for a while about doing a TRL-style show where people just ask for whatever they want, and doing it as a live stream while we’re all boxed in seems like the perfect solution. I’m just gonna grab my guitar and keep playing till someone makes a request, and then I’ll give that my best shot, whatever it is. I can’t brush up on every song ever written or even all of my own tunes, so if it’s something particularly obscure it might be a fairly ragged rendition, but hopefully that’s part of the fun. You can ask questions, you can hurl abuse, we'll have a right old time."
"I think the artistic community is already throwing out some really imaginative workarounds to the situation despite zero support from their government, at least in the UK, so at the same time as being bummed out about the general state of play, I’m quietly excited to see what people come up with."
Jamie Lenman goes live 7pm March 31st via Facebook. Live dates are to be announced soon.