Photo: John Johnson
Words: Kyle Anderson
The new album “Moments” from Jamie Webster is due for release on Friday the 28th of January 2022 and fans have been given an early glimpse of the sound of the album with Webster’s latest single “Going Out”
“Going Out” brings together two short stories , one of Annabella and the other of Paul. Utilising his renowned people-watching prowess , Webster vividly narrates the characters stories to highlight the rebellion and frustrations of all of the twenty-somethings stopped from enjoying themselves due to the web of unclear rules set upon them during the pandemic.
Keeping the media within his crosshairs, with lyrics “ ..cutting the feed to the head news station” whilst avoiding barbed protest, Webster switches the power from his guitar and pen to the two young characters within the story who are tired of hearing that freedom comes with cost”. The overriding feeling that people need to be “Going Out” as they cannot be caged much longer.
Recorded both on stage and back stage at his sold out home city show at The Guild of Students in Liverpool, “Going Out” accompanying video encompasses the heights of Webster’s live performances and shows him bursting with pride and completely emotionally charged.
In the company of Dave Eringa (producer) “Going Out” was recorded at the world renowned Rockfeld Studios. With a nod to his major influence of Bob Dylan, and the infamous going electric” at The Newport Folk Festival , “Moments” brings with it new bluesy jams and fuzzed up anthems bound together with Jamie Webster’s brilliant lyrics. From a time where music is filled with lockdown albums and inspiration from a Covid-hit Britain, Webster claims this could be THE lockdown album and the claim has merit.
Following on from “Days Unknown” which dropped last month and after debuting at number 6 in the charts, Jamie Webster has penned this new 10 track album “ Moments” channeling every turn of the pandemic and observing the events unfold as the world turned weird. With a message that people cannot pretend to understand the effect of the pandemic on young people who’s best years of their lives have been denied and “Going Out” tries to understand and explain why rules are broken and the sacrifice the young feel they have made.
Influences can be heard within Webster’s music with the aforementioned Bob Dylan very present however the doomed bliss of Laurel Canyon can also be heard , along with The Mamas and The Papas and Crosby, Nash and Young, Stills and David Byrne giving Webster an excellent array of talent to mould his music from.
“Going Out“ and the upcoming album come at the right time for Webster after re-galvanising his loyal grassroots following with “Days Unknown” , hitting significant streaming milestones and selling out his hometown gig in Liverpool. With this success achieved , Webster has announced further dates for his forthcoming UK & Ireland Headline Tour which will closely precede the release of “Moments”.
The newly electrified singer song-writer, Jamie Webster is joined in the studio and on stage by his band which includes Danny Murphy (guitars) a member of Michael Head’s Red Elastic Band and Lightning Seeds members Tim Cunningham (bass) and Jim Sharrock (drums).
“Going Out” the newest single from Jamie Webster’s upcoming album “Moments” is out now on all major streaming platforms.