Jesse's songs 'so good they hurt'

COLIN WILSON New York singer-songwriter Jesse Malin returns to Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday January 27 with his band, following an electrifying performance at the venue in May last year.

COLIN WILSON

New York singer-songwriter Jesse Malin returns to Norwich Arts Centre on Thursday January 27 with his band, following an electrifying performance at the venue in May last year.

Born out of hardcore punk and rock'n'roll background, Jesse Malin has played and toured since the age of 13. Malin is a streetwise storyteller whose characters and lyrics portray a world of unsung heroes, helpless romantics and rock'n'roll survivors.

His debut solo album, The Fine Art of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams, was released to mass critical acclaim in late 2002 and was given the accolade of a five- star album of the month by Uncut magazine.


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The album was recorded in six days with the help of Smashing Pumpkins and Hole bassist Mellisa Auf Der Maur on backing vocals and Ryan Adams on lead guitar.

While recording the album, Adams said: "Jesse Malin's songs are so good they hurt."

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An acoustic support slot with Ryan Adams on his UK tour followed and Malin returned to Britain several times in 2003. The year ended with him playing three nights with Bruce Springsteen on his US Christmas tour.

2004 saw the release of his second album, The Heat, which saw Malin turn up both the temperature and the volume. The Heat was made during 11 months of touring, going into the studio in New York for a week here and week there whenever there was a gap in the tour schedule.

Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £8 advance, £9 door, box office 01603 660352.

t Event, in association with One Little Indian, have three signed copies of Jesse Malin's latest DVD featuring songs from both The Fine Art of Self Destruction and The Heat, to give away to the first three entries out of the bag that correctly answer the following question: Who produced Jesse Malin's debut album, The Fine Art of Self Destruction?

Send your answer on a postcard, to arrive by Saturday January 29, to Colin Wilson, Event/Jesse Malin Competition, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE; or you can email your answer to colin.wilson@archant.co.uk

t Usual Archant Regional competition rules apply.

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