Few in the modern musical landscape have reinvented themselves like Jesse Malin. Revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramoneand Jim Jarmusch, Malin’s writing is a fearless blend of gritty street poetry and incisive self-reflection. “His songs are so good they hurt my feelings,” Ryan Adams once said, and it’s little wonder considering Malin’s ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young.
Malin’s career began on Manhattan’s Lower East Side at the age of 12, when founded the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack, which would go on to release the seminal God Is Dead 7-inch and play dates with Bad Brains, Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and more.
His 2002 debut solo album The Fine Art Of Self Destruction, produced by Ryan Adams, was stripped-down, acoustic, raw, and intimate, and it was an unqualified smash with press on both sides of the pond. Malin would spend the next decade-and-a-half blurring the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker. Malin returned with a bang in 2015, releasing a pair of albums within seven months of each other. Showcasing a newfound musical adventurousness that tipped its cap to the bass-driven grooves of The Clash and punchy brass of Motown, New York Before The War and Outsiders found Malin tying together all the disparate threads of his musical life like never before.
Jesse Malin plays Mama Roux’s Birmingham on Mon 3rd July 2017, with support from Matthew Ryan. Tickets available here.
Watch the video for ‘London Rain’ below: