Track Of The Day: Jameson Raid
Jameson Raid are one of the many bands who were definitely contenders for glory during the halcyon days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Sadly, they never quite lived up to their obvious potential. But, against all the odds, the Birmingham bamboozlers are back – and provide our brand new Track Of The Day. Check out all the latest Tracks Of The Day here.
Jameson Raid got together in 1975, but really came into their own a few years later, with the release of the Seven Days Of Splendour EP in 1979. Several months later, the track Hard Lines appeared on the NWOBHM compilation Metal For Muthas II: Cut Loud (when the band were mysteriously billed as The Raid).
However, by the summer of 1980, following the release of a second EP The End Of Part One, what is regarded as Jameson Raid’s best line-up fell apart when guitarist Ian Smith and bassist John Ace quit, leaving frontman Terry Dark and drummer Phil Kimberley to carry on with differing musicians for a couple more years, before the band finally folded.
“We just seemed to be either a year too early, or a year too late,” sighs Dark. “But whatever the reason things never quite happened for us.”
Now, though, Dark has reunited with Smith, Ace and Kimberley – after over 30 years, Jameson Raid are back!
“We’re not doing it because we believe we’ll be rock stars. What prompted it was that my sister and father-in-law both died recently, and it got me thinking that we should so something before it’s too late. We’ve all remained in touch with one another, so it’s not as if we’re strangers.”
An album, Just As The Dust Had Settled, is due out through American label Shadow Kingdom next month.
“This will have 14 tracks, all of them old. There will be both EPs, a live track by the same line-up, and then seven songs which were recorded during rehearsals with the later versions of the band. So there’s nothing new, although a lot of this has never been available before. And the sound quality is definitely good enough to put into the public domain.”
The band have three shows lined up for the Summer as well – two in the UK and one in Germany.
“We play the Robin 2 in Bilston on July 18 and the Birmingham O2 Academy five days later, Then we do the Headbangers Open Air Festival in Hamburg, which is from July 29 to 31 (right now, the band don’t know on which day they’ll appear). NWOBHM is really big in Germany; I appeared on a special day dedicated to that era last year at the Keep It True Festival over there.”
But, what about future plans? Right now, there are none.
“One of the difficulties is that I’ve lived in Holland for about 20 years now. Ian is in Thailand – he runs a luxury hotel. John and Phil are still in the UK, but Phil travels a lot. So, trying to get together is very tough. We are renting a house in Wales for seven or eight days before our first gig. I hope this’ll be enough time!”
If you want to get taste for The Raid, then download for free the song Catcher In The Rye from the band-approved website here. (There are several other tracks available for free download as well.)
For further info, go to www.jamesonraid.eu.