Jamie Webster has launched his new single ‘Fickle Fran’, a collaboration together with his hero and fellow political troubadour Billy Bragg. Test it out beneath together with our interview with Webster.

The only is the second to preview Webster’s third album ’10 For The Individuals’, to be launched on February 2 forward of a large homecoming present at Liverpool’s 40,000-capacity Sefton Park on July 12.

‘Fickle Fran’ comes after Webster joined environmental TV presenter Chris Packham final weekend (September 9) in inducting Bragg into The Music Stroll Of Fame in Camden.

“If I’m going to model myself on anyone in the industry, Billy is perfect,” Webster advised NME. “He’s had a 40-year career from speaking his mind, doing it for the people. It was an incredible honour for me to be part of something that was so big for Billy, and I then got to see Chris Packham sing ‘A New England’ with Billy after the ceremony. That’s not something I ever expected to see.”

’10 For The Individuals’ follows Webster’s ‘We Get By’, which hit Quantity Six in 2020 forward of the next 12 months’s Quantity Three album ‘Moments’. Like ‘Moments’, the brand new album was made with Manic Road Preachers producer Dave Eringa at Rockfield Studios in Wales. It additionally options rising Scottish singer-songwriter Brooke Combe on opening music ‘Better Day’.

NME: Hello, Jamie. How did Billy Bragg select you to induct him into The Music Stroll Of Fame?

Webster: “Billy booked me for my first Glastonbury present, on the Leftfield Stage final 12 months. When nobody within the trade needed to take discover of me, Billy’s spouse and supervisor, Juliet, emailed to say it was good to see another person stroll the stroll Billy had.

“I went out with them on the Sunday night and we just hit it off. We weren’t talking about what we believe in, but Billy’s morals are in the right place. I played the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury this summer, but I basically spent the week with Billy and his family backstage.”

Did you all the time have Billy in thoughts for the Cockney narrator of ‘Fickle Fran’?

“I’d spoken to Billy about one other music, ‘The North South Divide’. That was going to be our perspective on our troubles. I nonetheless have the imaginative and prescient for that music, nevertheless it’s not completed but.

“’Fickle Fran’ is a couple of knock-off door-to-door salesman who’d come to our home 12 years in the past. He was perpetually gloomy, but in addition perpetually an optimist. Within the winter, he’d say: ‘I’ve bought parkas coming in subsequent week, they’ll fly for me.’ And once they didn’t promote, he was: ‘Come the summertime, I’ll have Dolce & Gabbana sun shades, that’s once I’ll make my a reimbursement.’

“I wondered what Fran would be doing now, when we’re all internet shopping. I thought he’d still refuse to conform. When my producer, Dave Eringa, heard my album demos, he said: ‘You should get Billy Bragg to be the cockney’. That was a lightbulb moment. Billy drove three-and-a-half hours from Dorset, nailed it in two takes, had a natter and drove home.”

What’s the theme behind your ’10 For The Individuals’ album title?

“My final album, ‘Moments’, bought to Quantity Three, however the trade didn’t give it any extra amplification. I’m fortunate to have such a loyal fanbase, however I bought actually wound up. I checked out sure albums that have been getting supported and thought: ‘Where’s the story on this album? Who’s it really for?’

“I’m not trying to change the world, but I want people who listen to my music to see that the world can be changed in a positive way. I wanted to write 10 stories for the people who support me, who I’m speaking for. I knew this album had to be songs with real sentiments that matter. There couldn’t be any bullshit. It’s not all political, by any means. Some songs shed light on thing that need to change and some songs like ‘Lovers In The Supermarket’ shed light on the happy side of life.”

After listening to it at festivals reminiscent of Studying & Leeds, Isle Of Wight and Y Not, do you ever want you’d copyrighted the “Fuck the Tories” chant that invariably begins your exhibits?

“No, as that chant that didn’t start with me. It’s been prominent in Liverpool and at Liverpool matches for decades. I didn’t think: ‘I’m going to work on this gimmicky chant and get my profile raised with it.’ It was getting sung at me back when I was playing pubs, I just sing along as I agree with it.”

Do you assume Britain would enhance if the present Labour get together win the following election?

“What’s occurring in Britain now could be mistaken in each approach, from how we’re being cheated on the prime to the way in which folks unfortunate sufficient to be on the backside are having to scrounge to place butter within the fridge. Why ought to that be taking place in 2023?

“After this lengthy in energy, how may anybody say the Tories are the reply? Actually any authorities that isn’t this one must be the lesser of two evils. I’m not saying Keir Starmer is unquestionably the reply, however possibly we have to go together with him to get Labour in. They might kind out the remainder as soon as they’re in.

“I’m not going to comment on the antisemitism claims around Jeremy Corbyn. What’s definite is how he got so many young people onside. For the first time in my generation, a leader was speaking the truth. I’m sure Starmer is a nice guy, but as a Labour leader representing young people having to live through this shitshow of a government, he’s just not taking any fight to the Tories.”

Simply how massive a deal will or not it’s to play to 40,000 followers at Liverpool Sefton Park subsequent July?

“If it goes the way it can, it’ll be a gig for the ages. I’ve just played to 26,000 people at Liverpool Pier Head, but that show could be the biggest sense of community I’ve ever felt. It could be a night where 40,000 people feel like we’re making a change in the world, that we’re on the cusp of something special. That’s what I want. Well, that and for everyone to have a boss time singing and dancing.”

Does it really feel further particular that you simply’ve bought this far with little help from the mainstream?

“I’m proud I’ve carried out this myself, that I’ve not had anybody within the trade do it for me. I’m assured I’d clear up if I did.

“Look, I’m comfortable. I’ve bought a home, I’m getting married this 12 months, we’ve bought slightly canine. That’s wealth and I’m luckier than I ever imagined I might be. Profile isn’t what drives me. Nevertheless, it’s irritating that the chances are always stacked in opposition to me. It’s getting more durable for working-class folks to outlive in any trade, and music is not any exception.

“If people in the industry did amplify my message, I know the working-class population would get behind me if they heard my songs. More people would believe they could change their circumstances, and that’s important.”

Why do you assume the trade is sluggish to help working class success tales such as you, The Lottery Winners, The Reytons and Louis Dunford?

“For me and Louis, it’s soccer. I’ve needed to cease doing gigs earlier than Liverpool matches, as a result of the ‘Football fans are trouble’ stereotype held me again a lot. However Louis is wonderful, he’s already bought out Hammersmith Apollo and he’ll be doing 2,000-capacity venues in Liverpool this time subsequent 12 months, little doubt about it.

“I want to build a platform for working class artists who the industry is excluding: Louis, The Snuts, The Lottery Winners, Andrew Cushin, Red Rum Club. We have to do it ourselves. If the industry doesn’t want to play ball, we’ll find a ball and our own patch of grass.”

Talking of soccer, is it true you’re mates with Manchester Metropolis’s £100million midfielder, Jack Grealish?

“We’re not good mates, however he’s a fan of my music. We’re each canine lovers and he’ll get in contact typically. As a Liverpool fan, I’m clearly not a fan of Jack taking part in for Manchester Metropolis, however I’m a fan of a lad from Birmingham residing his dream on a world stage.

“Jack loves my song ‘Weekend In Paradise’. When City won the Champions League, Jack was the player who celebrated most like we all would. I’ve not had direct interaction with them, but Phil Foden, Jarrod Bowen and Aaron Ramsdale are apparently fans too.”

You talked about ‘Lovers In The Supermarket’. Did anybody particularly encourage the previous lovers you sing about in that music?

“Me and my fiancée, Rachel, have a factor about previous {couples} once we’re out. We go: ‘That’ll be us once we’re older.’ Simply once I was struggling for lyrics for that music, Rachel texted me a photograph of a pair sharing a basket in Tesco.

“When I sang it at Rockfield, I was crying with happiness. You can hear my voice wobble and go a bit thin in one section. I can’t wait for people to hear that one. It’s a slight nod to my relationship, but it’s mostly the story of how the relationship those two older people have is what you should aim to achieve in life. In their eighties, still so in love: that’s wealth.”

‘Fickle Fran’ is out now by way of Trendy Sky. Jamie Webster excursions from November, with dates beneath. Go to right here for tickets and extra data.

9-10: O2 Academy, Glasgow
13: O2 Academy, Bristol
16: Roundhouse, London
17-18: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
12: Sefton Park, Liverpool